Resignation from Legislative Council, Effective Today

Ian Rummery said today:

“It is with regret that I announce my resignation from Legislative Council and Executive Council with effect from today.  I am resigning to take up the post of Community Psychiatric Nurse in the Health & Social Services Directorate, from tomorrow.

“This was not an easy decision to make. However, the problems facing nurse recruitment on St Helena are well known. Despite advertising internationally it has not been possible to recruit a Community Psychiatric Nurse and with my qualifications and experience I feel drawn to return to nursing. 

“Being a member of Legislative Council and serving on Executive Council has been an amazing experience.  It has been a privilege to serve the community at this most exciting and challenging time in our history.

“I would like to thank my colleagues on Council and in St Helena Government for their support and I look forward to working closely with them in my new role.

“My resignation will, of course, mean that there will be a Bye-election soon. I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested to stand for election.  It is not about politics, it is about providing leadership to your community. If you are passionate about the Island’s future and have ideas on how the Island should move forward, then please stand for election.”

HE Governor Capes commented:

“I offer my personal thanks to Ian for his outstanding work in both Legislative and Executive Council and elsewhere within Government, and wish him every success in his new role.

“Despite losing Ian from Council, we are gaining him in a vital health role where he will bring his skills, experience and energy to bear, whilst continuing to work closely with his Government colleagues.”


8 January 2015


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