The Administrator of Ascension Island is His Honour Marc Holland.
Marc was sworn in as the 19th Administrator of Ascension Island on 26th August 2014. As Administrator, he is at the same time Her Majesty’s Representative, the Governor’s Representative and the UK Government’s Senior Representative on Ascension Island. He is also the Head of the Ascension Island Government and Chairman (in the Governor’s absence) of the Ascension Island Council. The Administrator is responsible for providing the governance platform for the major ‘users’ of Ascension Island. These are the US Air Force, UK Ministry of Defence, CSO, BBC and Sure South Atlantic.
Marc is a career diplomat with the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). Marc was Deputy Head of the FCO’s ‘Future of Europe’ Department from 2012 to 2014 and Head of the EU Institutions team prior to that. Previously he had spent time in Berlin, working on EU, agricultural and employment isues, and in Brussels, where he negotiated EU social & employment legislation on behalf of the UK. Prior to this, Marc worked in education planning in local government and in business as a management consultant. He is accompanied to Ascension by his wife Rachel and their five children (Annoushka, Jemima, Luca, Noah & Asher).
On his appointment Marc Holland said: ‘The next three years are exciting times for Ascension as we secure our supply routes to St Helena, start managing our fish stocks responsibly and celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Marines’ first garrisoning of the island. Rachel and I are thrilled to be coming to Ascension with our family and look forward to taking a full part in community life’
2014: Gibraltar ‘Special Projects’, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
2013-2014: Deputy Head EU Future of Europe Department, FCO
2010-2012: Team Leader, EU Institutions & Nordic Baltic States, FCO
2006-2010: 1st Secretary, EU and Labour attache, British Embassy Berlin
2002-2006:1st Secretary, Employment & Social Affairs, UK Representation to the EU, Brussels
2000-2002: Fast Streamer, Department of Trade & Industry, London
1999-2000: Planning & Information Officer, Education Department, Croydon Council
1997-1999: Business Analyst, Mitchell Madison, Strategic Management Consultants
1995-1996: Arthur Andersen, Berlin/Sydney
1993-1997: MA History & German, Wadham College, Oxford