Arriving on Island on 19 February on a three year contract was Trevor Graham, Environment and Natural Resources’ (ENRD) new Director.
Trevor’s main objective will be to ensure that ENRD actively contributes to the development of the economy on St Helena building on, and enriching, our natural and cultural heritage.
Trevor commented on his impressions of the Island and the Directorate:
“I have been hugely impressed by what I have seen so far and at the range of skills and commitment within the Directorate-as well as some of the results achieved with limited resources and sometimes in adverse conditions. I spent a day with the roads team and am really impressed with their work in challenging conditions.
“I have a short space of time to understand the challenges, build relationships and develop opportunities. I would like to think that St Helena can be well on the way to being a leading sustainable tourism destination and a global development benchmark for other Island nations.
“There are so many opportunities, so many creative people and such amazing natural and cultural assets that I’m certain that if we all work together and use our resources wisely, then we can achieve a great deal.”
Previously, Trevor has spent most of his career working with urban development, often in low income communities. He spent 15 years working to transform the City of Malmo in Sweden, from a city in social and economic crisis to a global leader in sustainable development. This work has enabled Trevor to work at a national and local level in places such as Europe, China and Namibia.
“St Helena is a Territory in a very different context, but many of the issues are similar to those I have worked with before and I look forward to using my experience – together with all sectors of the Island community – to help create a new development path in this exciting time of change.”
3 March 2013