New Governor for St Helena.
Last week St Helena welcomed Dr Philip RushBrook to the position of 69th Governor Designate for St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.
Dr Rushbrook made history as the first Governor to arrive to St Helena by air.
Joined by his wife, he was received by the dignitaries and community at Jamestown’s supreme court terrace where the official swearing in ceremony took place on Saturday 11th May 2019, just hours after touching down.
In his address, His excellency remarked how “deeply privileged and excited” he was to become the Governor of St Helena, Ascension and of the peoples of Tristan Da Cunha, and how he and his wife Janis are looking forward to becoming active members of the community as they make St Helena their home for the near future.
He went on to say:
“In the last few months I spent much time talking to Government departments, a spectrum of organisations and businesses and many individuals and Islanders. The purpose was to better understand their experiences and aspirations for the future. I was struck by their universal desire to see territories develop both socially and economically.
His excellency continued by expressing his commitment to the Island’s “to listen to expectations and concerns of the Islanders, or elected members and businesses across the territories and to encourage their endeavors wherever possible, and to encourage their potential”
In summing up he said :
There will be three basic themes for his tenure as Governor:
- First and importantly to maintain and build upon the achievements of Governor Honan and earlier Governors to serve the best interests of the peoples of the Islands and promote loyal and unshakable links with the UK.
- Second to work constructively in partnership with elected representatives, officials, business and communities – a Partnership that focuses wholeheartedly on stimulating opportunities, viable investments and the personal initiatives to deliver social, skills and economic improvements.
- Thirdly – whilst appreciating all change requires compromise and creativity, I see it as equally important we maintain the character of the heritage and natural environment and culture of our islands
A full recording of the speech can be found on the following link : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fjvHq3HUrIyYqEKU3MWX_nRDPcl1rt0m/view
Photo credits: Tony Le Roy