On 20-22 May, the Administrator, Marc Holland, travelled to St Helena on the RMS shuttle to meet the new Governor, Lisa Philips, and to discuss issues around the new St Helena airport. In discussions, the Governor reiterated that a passenger and freight service between the islands would be maintained whilst the issue of wind shear was resolved. The Administrator visited the runway and toured the state of the art terminal buildings and control tower.
In other business, the Administrator met the Chief of Police, Chief Secretary, the Financial Secretary, the Director of ESH and the new Director of Safeguarding. A common theme that emerged from the meetings was how the two islands could work more closely together, for example by marketing the two islands together to tourists. The Administrator also joined the Governor for the St Helena Day celebrations and an impressive 20 minute firework display. On his return to Ascension, he hosted a lunch for the Head of the Governor’s Office, Sean Burns and St Helena Councillors, Lawson Henry & Pamela Ward-Pearce who were travelling on the RMS’ last voyage to London.