Governor Dr Philip Rushbrook

Dr Rushbrook took up his appointment in St Helena on Saturday 4th May 2019, accompanied by his wife, Janis. He is the 66th Governor and the first to arrive by air at St Helena airport to assume his post. 

On his appointment as Governor, Dr Rushbrook said:

I am honoured and excited to be coming to St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha at this unique period in the islands’ histories. I recognise it is a time of lasting change as well as one of some uncertainty. I look forward to working closely with the governments and communities in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha to build a confident view of the future for the islands’ inhabitants, to make the most of the economic prospects available, and to safeguard their unique characters and natural beauty.”

Upon his inauguration as Governor, Dr Rushbrook said:“I am deeply privileged and excited to become the Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha – three unique and precious British territories in the South Atlantic. It is an honour to serve Her Majesty and to serve you. St Helena is the new home for my wife, Janis, and I and we look forward to being active members of the community on this jewel of an island.

The Governor is based on St Helena and resides in the historic Plantation House. He takes a close personal interest in Ascension and is represented on the island by the Administrator, who conducts the business of Government on his behalf. The Governor chairs all formal meetings of the Island Council either in person or by teleconference and enacts all legislation pertaining to Ascension.  He has ultimate responsibility for the Island’s good governance, security and foreign relations.


2018 Confederation of Service Charities, Director of Governance Support, London (secondment from Ministry of Defence 
2018 – 2014 Ministry of Defence, Chief Officer (civilian) and Deputy Administrator (Deputy Governor), Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, and Command Secretary, British Forces Cyprus
2014 – 2013 Cabinet Office, National Security Secretariat, Foreign and Defence Policy Directorate, Programme Director implementing the Afghan Interpreters UK Resettlement Programme
2013 – 2011 FCO, Turks and Caicos Islands, Governor’s Office, Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Strategy, Government Reform and Economic Recovery Programme
2011 – 2008 Home Office, International Directorate, Deputy International Director
2008 UN/World Health Organisation (WHO), Specialist Advisor in Darfur (short-term secondment from Cabinet Office)
2008 – 2007 Cabinet Office, Departmental I.T. Development Programme, Service Director
2007 – 2005 HM Treasury, Office of Government Commerce, Review Director, Organisational Reform Review and previously, Divisional Director, Knowledge, Innovation, Standards and Skills Division
2005 – 2001 Cabinet Office, Head, Public Sector Reform Team
2001 – 1993 UN/WHO, Europe Region, Regional Advisor for Environment and Health, Nancy, France then Rome, Italy
1993 – 1992 Bechtel Limited, Senior Specialist, Environmental Management Unit, London
1992 – 1990 Gibb Environmental, Principal Consultant, Oxfordshiren
1990 – 1982 UK Atomic Energy Authority, Scientist then Head, Waste Research Unit and New Ventures Team, Harwell Laboratory, Oxfordshire


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