St Helena is to have a new Chief Secretary. Roy Burke (photo attached) currently the Chief Executive in the States of Alderney, Channel Islands, will take up his position in early June 2014, succeeding the current Chief Secretary, Owen O’Sullivan.

Roy has a wealth of experience in the public sector, having held Chief Executive positions for the past twelve years.

Governor Capes said of Roy’s appointment:

“’I warmly congratulate Roy on his appointment, and look forward to working with him as we continue to prepare St Helena for air access and to make progress on the path to sustainable economic development. With his valuable skills and many years of experience, Roy is well placed to lead the public service at this critical and exciting time for St Helena.

“He will take over from Owen O’Sullivan, who will be leaving in May at the end of his contract and three very successful years as Chief Secretary.”  

Roy will be accompanied on the Island by his wife Jill.

Roy said:

“Jill and I are very much looking forward to moving to St Helena.  I know these are exciting times and I am expecting a busy but rewarding posting.”



7 March 2014


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