Public Guardian of St Helena, Paul McGinnety, has submitted his first annual report to Governor Lisa Phillips.

The first Public Guardian for St Helena was appointed by Governor Lisa in September 2016, in accordance with section 124(1) of the St Helena Mental Health & Mental Capacity Ordinance, 2015.

The role of the Public Guardian is to protect vulnerable adults on St Helena who lack the mental capacity to make decisions, including financial decisions.

The first annual report which is now available on the SHG website outlines the current position on St Helena, the challenges faced with introducing a new system and future needs of the Island.

Public Guardian, Paul McGinnety, said:

“The first 12 months have been challenging and also successful in that St Helena has an appropriate system in place and vulnerable people are now finally protected. It is anticipated that the next 12 months will see an increase in applications which will see vulnerable people both in the community and in SHG residential accommodation protected when they lack mental capacity.”

A full copy of the report can be found on the Publications page of the SHG website at:

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20 September 2017




St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470