The Ascension Island Council is an elected body that provides advice to the Administrator on matters relating to the governance of Ascension Island. As a result of changes in the constitutional arrangements for Ascension Island, the first Island Council of seven members was elected and took office on 1 November 2002. Current Councillors are Samantha Arms-Lawrence, Kitty George and Nicholas John, elected on 1 September 2016 and Terence Young who was elected on 30 November 2017.
Councillor Keturah George
Kitty was born on St Helena Island in 1970 and lived there until she moved to Ascension in 1990. This is her third term on the Ascension Island Council. She represented the Council at the JMC (then OTCC) in London in December 2011 and is currently working as Shipping Agent with Ascension Island Government. She has two adult sons.
Councillor Nicholas John
Nicky was born on St Helena. He came to Ascension in November 1991 where he was employed by Cable and Wireless as an HF Radio and Operations Watch Keeper. Since then Nicky has also fulfilled the roles of Telephone Switchboard and Telegraph Office Operator, Networks Technician (primarily in Satellite communications). He is currently Senior Technician for the European Space Agency Downrange Telemetry Station at North East Bay here on Ascension. He has provided support for the success of the station for more than fifty ESA Ariane5 and Soyuz and Vega launches. Nicky is an advanced PADI scuba diver and is very keen on deep sea fishing, football, and cricket. Nicky is married with two children.
Councillor Samantha Arms-Lawrence
Samantha, known as Sue, was born on St Helena and moved to Ascension Island when she worked for Serco on the RAF base in the Visiting Aircraft Handling Section (VAHS). For several years Sue has been the Manageress of The Saints Members Club, a local bar in Georgetown, which is a key venue for the island community. Sue is married with 3 children and is keen on fishing.
Councillor Terence Young
Terence was born on St Helena he came here in 1987 to work on the U.S Base employed by Pan Am, Computer Science Raytheon and now is currently with Wolf Creek Federal Service Inc. as a Senior Communications Operator Repairer. Terence loves being a family man and enjoys all forms of recreation the Island offers from deep sea fishing, diving, racket sports, softball to hiking. Terence is married with twin daughters.
Councillor Alan Nicholls
Alan was born on St.Helena in 1957, he moved to Ascension Island in early 2006 where he worked for the Ascension Island Government in Human Resources. Alan retired from his position as HR Director in 2016. Prior to moving to Ascension, Alan worked for the St.Helena Government for over 30 years. When he left SHG in 2006, he held the position of Crown Prosecutor, Legislative Drafter and Head of the Government’s Legal, Lands and Planning Department. Alan is currently also actively involved with the Islander newspaper; he is a Lay Minister and a Justice of the Peace. He is in a long-term relationship with his partner and has a 21 year old son.
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