Arriving on Wednesday 6 November 2013 will be Ben Samson, the new Head of the Environmental Management Division (EMD).  Ben replaces Tara Pelembe (the previous Head of Environmental Management) who departed the Island in August.  Ben will report directly to the interim Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD), Paul McGinnety.

Isabel Peters, Acting Head of EMD since Tara’s departure, will be working closely with Ben in the initial two weeks to conduct a smooth hand over.  An induction programme to introduce Ben to EMD, ENRD, SHG and key stakeholders is also planned.

As the new Head of Environmental Management, Ben’s role is to consolidate plans, policies and processes that have been set during the establishment of EMD in 2012 and to ensure that the National Goal 3 (in the Sustainable Development Plan) – “Effective Management of the Environment” – is delivered. 

Ben’s role before taking employment on Island was as a Water and Environment Team Leader for RPS Group Plc.  Ben also has experience as a Regional Director and Resource Manager, and roles at QDS Environment Ltd and Knight Piesold Ltd as a Hydrogeolgist. 

Throughout Ben’s two year contract he will aim to raise the profile of the environmental guidelines and ensure that appropriate enforcement and monitoring systems are in place.  He will also work to strengthen implementation and adhere to the newly developed environmental policy and assessment processes as well as supporting the development of an evidence-based approach to environmental decision making across EMD, ENRD and St Helena Government.  


4 November 2013



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