An ‘Open Government’ sub-committee to the Social & Community Development Committee was established on Thursday 22 September 2016, with the remit to improve transparency between St Helena Government and the community.

The Open Government sub-committee is chaired by the Honourable Mike Olsson and comprises the following members:        

Mrs Carol George, Corporate Services Executive Manager

Mr David George, Deputy IT Section Manager

Miss Kerisha Stevens, Head of News, SHG Press Office

Ms Laura McMullan, Crown Counsel (Civil & Child Protection)

Miss Emerald Newman, Representative for Non-Government Organisations

Mr Gregory Cairns-Wicks, Private Sector Representative

The sub-committee is tasked with the following:

  • Drafting Freedom of Information Legislation
  • Drafting Data Protection Legislation
  • Drafting Public Records Legislation
  • Developing proposals for a Consultation Policy
  • Developing proposals for improvements to accessibility of SHG information
  • Developing proposals for a modern engagement strategy that leads to improved dialogue and confidence in Government

The chairperson of the sub-committee will report to the Social & Community Development Committee on a monthly basis, and to full Legislative Council bi-monthly.


3 October 2016


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