The Administrator of Ascension Island is His Honour Nick Kennedy. Nick was sworn in as the 21st Administrator of Ascension Island on 22 November 2017. 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.
Nick is a career diplomat with the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). Before this role he was Administrator of Pitcairn Island. His previous experience in the Foreign Office includes working with the British Sovereign Bases in Cyprus and a range of other political, consular and crisis response work.
The Administrator-designate of Ascension Island is Justine Allan. Justine will be the 22nd Administrator of Ascension Island from the end of March, and the first female to take up this role. As Administrator, she will be Her Majesty’s Representative, the Governor’s Representative and the UK Government’s Senior Representative on Ascension Island. She will also assume the role of Head of the Ascension Island Government and Chair (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.
Justine is a career diplomat with the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). Justine was previously Deputy Head of the FCO’s Sanctions Policy Unit from 2015 to 2017. She has worked on secondment to the UK’s Trade and Investment Department (now the Department for International Trade) where she was Head of Strategic Relations. In this role, Justine worked with overseas institutional investors in Infrastructure, securing just under £1billion of new investment. For this work, she was shortlisted for the Commercial Civil Service Award in 2012.
During her career, Justine worked in Iraq, where she was responsible for improving and expanding up the UK compounds at the Palace and Air Station sites in Basra. This included establishing close working relationships with both the UK and US military, who were stationed in adjoining compounds.
Justine is a keen gardener and is looking forward to spending a lot of time outdoors exploring all that the island has to offer. Justine will be unaccompanied on Ascension.
On her appointment, Justine Allan said: “I look forward to working with all those on island to secure a stable future for the Ascension. There will be many challenges, but I am confident that we can overcome them together. I am also interested in learning more about the Blue Belt initiative and supporting Ascension Island’s environment. I am delighted to be coming to Ascension and look forward to playing a full and active role within the community.”
2016-2018: Deputy Head, Sanctions Policy Unit, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
2014-2016: Deputy Head, India, Nepal and Bhutan Team, FCO
2011-2014: Head of Strategic Relations, UN Trade & Investment
2011: HM Consul General, Denver, USA
2009-2011: US Team Leader, FCO
2007-2009: National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Office
2005-2007: 1st Secretary, Basra, Iraq