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St Helena Legislative Council

Legislative Council

St Helena is governed within a democratic system where the people of St Helena elect eligible members of the public to represent them in Legislative Council (LegCo). The St Helena Legislative Council comprises 12 Elected Members,  a Speaker, a Deputy Speaker and the Attorney General who is an ex-officio Member of the Legislative Council. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker are elected to office by the 12 Elected Members following a General Election.An ex-officio Member of the Legislative Council may not vote.

The system of governance reflects a Ministerial system. A Chief Minister is selected by secret ballot from amongst the 12 Elected Members.  The Chief Minister then recommends to the Governor the appointment of 4 Ministers and together they form the Executive Council which advises the Governor on strategic government policy. The Attorney General is an ex-officio Member of the Executive Council also and may not vote.

Legislative Council members are the Law Makers of St Helena and meet formally in ‘the House’ to discuss important issues affecting the people of St Helena and decide ways on how they can be addressed.

Councillors may be contacted directly (see full list here) or through the Legislative Office Team Leader/Clerk of Councils on email: Shanice.Phillips@sainthelena.gov.sh or telephone (00290) 22590.

Ministers

Each Minister will exercise general direction and policy control over departments assigned to them subject to the policies of Government.

  • Education, Skills & Employment & Central Support Service Chief Minister Julie Thomas
  • Safety, Security & Home Affairs Portfolio, Minister Jeffrey Ellick
  • Treasury & Economic Development Portfolio, Minister Mark Brooks
  • Environment, Natural Resources & Planning Portfolio, Minister Christine Scipio
  • Health and Social Care Portfolio, Minister Martin Henry
Education, Skills & Employment & Central Support Service,
Chief Minister Julie Thomas
julie.thomas@sainthelena.gov.sh
22470/22607
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Treasury & Economic Development Portfolio
Minister Mark Brooks
mark.brooks@sainthelena.gov.sh
66295
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Environment, Natural Resources & Planning Portfolio
Minister Christine Scipio
christine.scipio@sainthelena.gov.sh
24724

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Safety, Security & Home Affairs Portfolio
Minister Jeffrey Ellick
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jeffrey.ellick@sainthelena.gov.sh
25869
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Health and Social Care Portfolio
Minister Martin Henry
martin.henry@sainthelena.gov.sh
62909
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Speaker & Deputy Speaker

Councillors

Gillian Brooks
councillor.gbrooks@helanta.co.sh
Select Committee 1 – Member
Elderly Person’s Champion
Highways Authority – Member
St Helena representative on the British Island’s Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Steering Committee;
Public Accounts Committee- Member
BIMR CWP Steering Committee – St Helena Representative
Election Expert Mission Review
Anti-Social Behaviour Working Group
Karl Thrower
Karl.thrower@shgcouncil.com
Select Committee 2 – Member
Public Accounts Committee – Member
Rosemary Bargo
councillor.rbargo@helanta.co.sh
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Select Committee 1 – Member
Children’s Champion
Safe Guarding Board – Member St Helena representative on the British Island’s Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Steering Committee;
Anti-Social Behaviour Working Group – Member

Ronald Coleman
Ronald.Coleman@helanta.co.sh
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Select Committee 1 – Member
Dr Corinda Essex
cs.essex@helanta.co.sh
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Select Committee 2 – Chair
Public Accounts Committee – Member