Corporate Support is once again in the process of updating its register of persons who are interested in serving on statutory and bona fide Boards and Committees.

The register records previous experience and current interests together with any training undertaken – this proves useful when selecting individuals for appointment to any of the following Boards or Committees:

  • Charities Commission appointed in accordance with Section 5 of the Charities Ordinance, 2005
  • Employment Rights Committee appointed in accordance with Section 7 of the Employment Rights Ordinance, 2010
  • Enterprise St Helena Board of Directors appointed in accordance with Section 4 of the Enterprise St Helena Ordinance, 1994
  • Equality and Human Rights Committee appointed in accordance with Section 4 of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights Ordinance, 2015
  • Financial Services Regulatory Authority appointed in accordance with Section 3 of the Financial Services Ordinance, 2008
  • Immigration Control Board appointed in accordance with Section 6 of the Immigration Ordinance, 2011
  • Land Development Appeals Tribunal appointed in accordance with Section 52 of the Land Planning and Development Control Ordinance, 2013
  • Land Development Control Authority appointed in accordance with Section 3 of the Land Planning and Development Control Ordinance, 2013
  • Money Laundering Regulatory Authority appointed in accordance with Section 9 of the Money Laundering Ordinance, 2008
  • Prison Visiting Committee appointed in accordance with Rule 42 of the Prison Rules 1999, of the Prison Ordinance, 1960
  • St Helena Fisheries Corporation Board appointed in accordance with Section 6 of the St Helena Fisheries Corporation Ordinance, 1979
  • Utilities Regulatory Authority appointed in accordance with Section 3 of the Utilities Services Ordinance, 2013

Corporate Support would like to hear from persons who wish to register their interest. It should be noted that registering does not mean that a person will be automatically appointed as this will depend very much on specific statutory requirements and the individual’s background experience and interests and of course, whether there is a vacancy.

The remuneration for persons serving on statutory boards and committees varies according to the board/committee. In addition, a mileage allowance of 60p per mile will be paid for members to attend meetings or carry out any work on behalf of the board/committee.

The relevant application form to register an interest may be obtained from Information & Research Support Officer, Miss Linda Benjamin, , at the Castle on Tel: 22470, via email: or on the SHG website at:

 #StHelena #CorporateSupport #Boards #Committees


17 April 2018

The St Helena Resilience Forum (SHRF) was informed that there was a Shark spotted yesterday, Sunday, 15 April 2018, in Rupert’s Bay between the hours of 3-4pm.

The SHRF therefore advises the public to use caution when swimming in the sea and has given the following guidance.

  • Check out the water before entering where possible – go to higher ground and look to see if any sharks are in the area – though, of course, be aware that sharks can still enter an area at a later stage.
  • Stay out of the water at dawn, early evening, and night, when some species of sharks may move inshore to feed on fish. Sharks are well equipped to locate prey even when visibility is poor.
  • Avoid areas where fish waste enters the water.
  • It is prudent not to enter the water with an open wound, however small it may be.
  • After large swells the waters can become murky – avoid swimming during murky sea conditions.
  • Do not wear high-contrast clothing (orange and yellow are said to be risky colours) or shiny jewellery (which may appear to be like fish scales). Sharks see contrast very well.
  • Refrain from excessive splashing. Keep pets, which swim erratically, out of the water. Sharks are attracted to such activity.
  • Leave the water quickly and calmly if a shark is sighted. Do not provoke, harass, or entice a shark, even a small one.
  • If fish start to behave erratically, leave the water. They may be behaving like that because there is a shark in the area.
  • Experts suggest that incidents with sharks are more common on lone swimmers – swim, surf, or dive with other people to reduce risk.
  • If you are diving and are approached by a shark, stay as still as possible. If you are carrying fish or other catches, release the catch and quietly leave the area.

The maritime community are also asked to refrain from discarding fish waste into the water at James Bay and Rupert’s Bay as this could potentially attract a shark to the area.

If any member of the public sees a shark in any known swimming areas, please note any details of its appearance and inform either Harbourmaster, David Caswell, on tel: 22287 or email:, or Sea Rescue Manager, Simon Wade, on tel: 25052 or email:

#StHelena #SharkSighting #Ruperts #StHelenaResilienceForum #SafetyInformation

16 April 2018


The Social & Community Development Committee held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

The Committee considered various pieces of draft legislation. Further consideration was given to the proposed Welfare of Children (Children’s Residential Home) Regulations. Following agreement on various amendments, the Committee gave their approval. It was also decided that a further assessment should be made by the Directorate on the financial implications of introducing the new legislation before making a recommendation to Executive Council that the new Regulations should be approved. This legislation is needed as there are no specific provisions in the law for a Children’s Home, run by Government.

New regulations to amend the Welfare of Children Regulations 2010 were considered. These will make provision for a Children’s Champion and regulate the constitution of the Safeguarding of Children’s Board to ensure that the Children’s Champion is a member of the Board. These draft Regulations were agreed and will be recommended to Executive Council for approval. The current Children’s Champion is Councillor Christine Scipio O’Dean.

With the Registrar of Births and Deaths in attendance, the Committee gave further consideration and then agreement to the draft legislation that will overcome the problem whereby only births and deaths that occur on the Island can be registered.  The Bill was approved to be forwarded to Executive Council to be published for consideration at a meeting of the Legislative Council.

The following was discussed in the closed session:

A briefing on the recent history of proposed legislation relating to Freedom of Information and Data Protection revealed that the previous Council had decided that the proposals made at the time were too complicated and unworkable. The Committee agreed to ask the Attorney General’s Chambers to consider these matters and to come up with options that can first be discussed with Elected Members.

Together with officials, consideration was given to the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) and recommendations will be made to Executive Council.

To examine how issues relating to the Social Security Ordinance could best be taken forward, a working group of the Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chairman, Councillor Cyril Leo. Members are Councillor Kylie Hercules, Acting Director of Safeguarding, Carol George, Government Economist, Nicole Shamier, Assistant Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon (alternate, Head of Finance Services, Connie Stevens), and Claims Manager, Anthony Hopkins. A remit and possible timescale will now be drawn up. The findings of this working group will be reported back to the Committee.

The Acting Director of Safeguarding, Carol George, gave an update on the Safeguarding Directorate. The Committee heard that the eleven persons that have been temporarily moved to Barn View while repairs and maintenance are carried out at the CCC are content and happy in their new surroundings.

The minutes of the SCDC meeting of 14 March were reviewed and matters arising dealt with.

The Social & Community Development Committee comprises of voting members Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick and non-voting members, the Director of Safeguarding and the Government Economist. Committee Secretary on this occasion was Connie Johnson.

#StHelena #SCDC

16 April 2018

The Highways Authority has given approval for Narra Backs Road in Jamestown to be closed on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, between 1.30pm and 4pm, to allow the Roads Section to carry out line painting in this area.

All vehicle users are asked to vacate this area by 12noon on Wednesday, 18 April, to allow these works to take place.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

#StHelena #HighwaysAuthority #NarraBacks #Jamestown


16 April 2018

Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean will depart St Helena on Saturday, 21 April 2018, to attend the British Islands & Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian Conference in London, UK.

The conference which will take place between Thursday, 26 April, and Saturday, 28 April 2018, will include panel discussions on women in parliament (past, present and future), a tour of Westminster Hall, St Stephens and Central Lobby, a workshop session and an interactive session with young women, to discuss how different platforms can encourage positive change on issues of gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s representation.

Councillor Scipio-O’Dean said:

“I am looking forward to attending this conference as it provides an opportunity to improve my skills and knowledge and promotes a closer relationship among the Region’s branches and its members.”

BIMR Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is a regional chapter of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, which works for the better representation of women in legislatures and for the furtherance of gender equality and justice across the Commonwealth.

BIMR CWP held its first conference in 2014 in Edinburgh followed by Gibraltar in 2015, Guernsey in 2016 and Wales in 2017 with Steering Committee meetings held during the year as required. Councillor Scipio-O’Dean represents St Helena on this Steering Committee.

Councillor Scipio-O’Dean will return to St Helena on Saturday, 5 May 2018.

#StHelena #CouncillorTravel #BIMRCWP


16 April 2018

Saint Helenian, Marco Yon, has joined the Emergency Planning Department of the Police Directorate in the new role of Emergency Planning Officer.

Marco is working alongside Emergency Planning Manager, Ian Johnson, and Deputy Emergency Planning Manager, Simon Wade.

Marco said:

“I am passionate about St Helena and the community which I have been appointed to serve. I look forward to a challenging and rewarding career within the Directorate.”

Marco has a military background and served for 12 years in the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft Technician, specialising in rotary wing aviation. During this time, Marco worked with multi-agency Emergency Responders in planning and exercising for major emergencies.

The Emergency Planning Department is now co-located in the new Sea Rescue Facility at Rupert’s. The department is responsible for disaster management and resilience and contingency planning for identifiable risks and major emergencies that impact on the Island and its community. They also lead on managing the St Helena Resilience Forum that is responsible for coordinating multi-agency response to critical incidents which, in the past, have involved rock falls, road closures, the six month drought, RMS delays, and the Avian Influenza outbreak in South Africa.

The department is currently working with SURE South Atlantic Ltd on a new emergency services radio network that will provide secure Island-wide and offshore radio coverage for all services and emergency responders.

#EmergencyPlanning #EmergencyPlanningOfficer #PoliceDirectorate #SaintSuccess

13 April 2018


The Health Directorate is developing new community initiatives and services to help prevent diabetes and heart disease on St Helena.

At present, the Saint community experiences a burden of high levels of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and various cancers (even compared with many other countries that share these problems). Early onsets of illness, disability, and deaths from these causes have become a too common experience in the community.

Health Promotion and Social Marketing Lead, Dr Angie Jackson-Morris, said:

“To help develop these new initiatives, we need the community to take part in this quick survey. It is available online, on paper, and also street surveys are taking place. We already have several hundred responses though we would like to hear from you, so if you haven’t done it already please take 10 minutes to tell us about you. It’s totally anonymous.”

For the online version, please go to:!/0. Alternatively, printed copies are available at the Public Library and General Hospital Reception.

The closing date for completion of surveys is on Friday, 20 April 2018.

#StHelena #HealthDirectorate #HealthPromotion #Survey #AltogetherHealthier

12 April 2018

A number of St Helena residents have recently put forward their ideas and thoughts for the design and messages of a new community Health Campaign.

The Campaign, which will launch in May 2018, aims to encourage community members of all ages to make some small, but important, shifts in their lifestyle to reduce their risk of type-2 diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, and cancer. Many people are aware that being overweight, eating or drinking too much sugar, eating too much salt and fat, smoking, and not being physically active enough are not good for their health. Although there is currently a gap between knowing this and making the kind of small changes that would make a difference to people’s health.

The new Health Campaign seeks to encourage and motivate people, as well as advise the kind of realistic changes they can build into their daily life, around family, work, and their social life.

Design workshops were held with a diverse range of community members at various local venues around the Island. These included staff members of several local businesses, pub and hospitality venue regulars, road-workers, pest control staff, Prince Andrew School students, Girl Guides, teachers, parents of school age children and toddlers, and administrative staff. Participants considered images, logos, messages and tips that they felt would make people smile, think, and decide to take some action of their own.

The workshops were facilitated by Patrick Ladbury of the UK National Social Marketing Centre along with SHG Senior Press Officer, Liam Yon, and Lead for Health Promotion & Social Marketing, Dr Angie Jackson-Morris.

Dr Angie commented:

“The campaign will ‘go live’ shortly and will run alongside the various initiatives under the new Health Promotion Strategic Framework over 2018-19. The theme is to encourage people to take action on their own terms and to fit into their own daily lives and routines. This will be complemented by a range of community initiatives that aim to make the healthier choices easier in the places where we work, shop, eat and drink, socialise, relax and play.”

Chairperson of the Public Health Committee, Derek Thomas, added:

“I welcome this campaign and the wider strategy as ways to help reduce the high incidence of cardiovascular disease that cause much illness, and disability in our community.”

 #StHelena #HealthPromotion #TheNSMC


11 April 2018

The monthly meeting of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) was held on Thursday, 5 April 2018.

The following is a summary of the main items discussed:

The Sustainable Economic Development Plan (SEDP) has been updated taking into account comments received during the consultation process, and a version with tracked changes was presented to the committee. This has now been endorsed as a final version and will be presented to Executive Council for approval before being made available to the public.

Enterprise St Helena (ESH) delivered a report for February 2018. This report saw the number of international enquiries increasing to 494 and visitors to the Tourist Office increasing to 370. There was an increase in the number of visitors to the Island due to the first St Helena International Conference (2018 Diverse Island Environments), the last voyage of the RMS St Helena and the yachting season (316 of the visitors were yachties).

International tour operators selling St Helena has risen to 32, 16 of which have dedicated webpages to St Helena. 31 additional operators are in discussions with the Tourist Office.

The first St Helena Conference was completed on Thursday, 8 February 2018.  For this conference, St Helena had 21 international speakers, including three Skype presentations and 18 local speakers, six of which were Prince Andrew School students.  The conference saw a total of 270 attendees from which 59 were international and 211 were local.  56 of the local attendees were individuals (not affiliated to an organisation). More individuals would have participated had there been availability of flights.

The draft Ordinance to regulate the use of Artificial Light at Night for the Protection of the Natural Environment was presented alongside the draft Exterior Lighting Management Plan. The objective of the draft Ordinance is to preserve and sustain the natural environment on St Helena by preventing, minimising or mitigating the adverse effects of artificial light at night, as well as conserving and enhancing natural beauty and geological or physiographical features of special interests including the night sky.

St Helena has wonderful dark skies and this Ordinance and Exterior Lighting Management Plan will help protect them for generations to come as well as being a key tourist attraction.

The Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD) gave a presentation on the SHG/Public Private partnership for egg and pullet production with Roddy’s Chicken Farm, which was completed last year.  A number of challenges in meeting local demand for nucleus poultry for the Island at the present time were highlighted, including the sourcing of fertilised eggs and live chickens from biosecure suppliers and access logistics to the Island, both by air and ship.

Options were presented for meeting the Island’s short-term demand for egg layers, including importing new consignments of nucleus stock over the next few months, following the exercise to gauge public demand for chicks.  Roddy’s Chicken Farm will continue to supply chicks to egg producers in the interim period with the limited parent stock available and ANRD will assist this arrangement with imports of fresh stock to supplement short-term demand for egg layers. The EDC was informed that work on sourcing and logistics for import of this new stock against the recommended option of supply is being undertaken by ANRD, and the EDC and public will be informed of the additional supply option once sourcing and import arrangements are finalised.

 #StHelena #EconomicDevelopmentCommittee #EDC


11 April 2018

A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Tuesday, 17 April 2018.

The following will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Liquor (Amendment) Bill
  • Marriage Regulations 2018
  • Increase in Fees and Charges: Trade Marks, Patents and Companies Registration

These papers (ExCo Memos) are available online at the following link:

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memos should contact the Clerk of Councils, Lydia Buchanan, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email:

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Attorney General, Sara O’Donnell.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting /


11 April 2018