Chris Balderstone

Senior Commercial Manager
In a time of uncertainty for the Island and the world it’s great to feel that our work will make a difference to Islanders and, importantly, save lives.

What’s your job title?  

Commercial Manager

What is your role for J3 on the Nightingale Hospital?   

Looking after the client’s budget.

What is your typical working day like at the moment? 

I’ve been in the industry for well over thirty years and this is the first job I’ve done that requires a daily cost report to the client. To fit all of my other tasks in around that makes for an extremely hectic working environment where, before you know it, it’s dark and there’s still half a day to go. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and it’s that support that carries you through the long days and nights.

How has life changed for you over the past couple of weeks?

From the prospect of an industry slowdown to the speed we’re now working at is a huge turnaround. In a time of uncertainty for the Island and the world it’s great to feel that our work will make a difference to Islanders and, importantly, save lives.

Have you learned anything from this experience which you can benefit from in future?

It’s been great to see that when a vision is clear and a cause so important, people will collaborate across all companies to deliver against the most ambitious of timescales.

What is the most impressive aspect of the Nightingale Hospital?

Speed!

What aspect of life on Jersey are you missing the most in the current lockdown?

After work beers with family and friends while watching the fantastic Jersey sunsets.

If you could do anything on Jersey for one day, with one person what would it be and with whom? Building a Nightingale Hospital with Marc Burton. No, seriously I owe my wife some quality outdoor time and hopefully we’ll be able to get to Les Landes for a race day before the end of this season.

Which restaurant / bar / café will be first on your list after lockdown?

The choice on Jersey is so good that it’s a very long list but sharing a few beers with some great company followed by a curry at Café Spice is something that needs to be part of my life again soon.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Out of adversity comes strength and for all the trials of lockdown and all the bad news we’re surrounded by, the spirit shown by the whole Nightingale team cannot help but put a smile on your face.