St Helena Headline NEWS- 12 September 2017 incl RMS,

21617695_404340203301755_6204336131340240298_nRevised RMS Schedule and future schedule

RMS due to arrive at St Helena 10am Friday morning.


Members of the public will be awaiting the sale of tickets for the St Helena Air Service.

Airlink are currently loading fares and the accompanying taxes onto ticket distribution systems.  This is work in progress and is taking slightly longer than expected.

The final pieces of information to upload relate to the taxes that apply at St Helena Airport. As each piece of information is uploaded, the system is being tested to ensure that everything is working smoothly.  Work is well underway and it will not be long before ticket sales go live.

An announcement will be made to provide advance notice of the point at which tickets will go on sale.


The Economic Development Committee (EDC) held its first meeting on Thursday, 7 September 2017.

The following matters were discussed on the Open Agenda:

An update was given by the Attorney General on the Fisheries Legislation. A sub-committee of the EDC was appointed last year to review all the Fisheries Legislation to incorporate a new licensing regime and also to take account of other changes. The Attorney General also reported that in March 2017 he had met in London with David Scutt (Marine Management) and Martin Collins (Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science) who has previously worked on St Helena.  Martin was working on the Blue Belt programme, which is funded by HMG following the commitment of many of the UKOTs (including St Helena) to create Marine Protected Areas in their marine areas.  The programme is funded by the UK Government to provide expertise to draft the new legislation.

The Terms of Reference for the Economic Development Committee were discussed and adopted after a number of amendments were made.

The monthly report from Enterprise St Helena was presented by Mr Robert Midwinter, Director of Policy Development & Social Enterprise.  Members noted a number of issues arising from this report including the recent success of the SA Airlink proving flight.  It also noted that SHG had published information about the air fares and that the much anticipated air service with Airlink would commence on Saturday, 14 October.  Members acknowledged the efforts of the Procurement Board in bringing the tender process for the commercial air service to a successful conclusion.

In the Closed Session, the Committee endorsed the SHG Digital Strategy to be referred to Executive Council for formal approval.

It was also decided that future meetings of the EDC would take place every fourth Wednesday of the month and that on occasion the times of the meeting would be varied to later in the day or evening to allow members of the public to attend – hopefully in larger numbers.

The Committee agreed that a summary of their meetings would be published soon after each meeting.

The Economic Development Committee comprises Councillors Lawson Henry (Chairperson), Cruyff Buckley (Deputy Chairperson) and members Gavin Ellick, Clint Beard and Christine Scipio O’Dean.  Non-voting members are the Financial Secretary, the Attorney General, the Chief Secretary, the Director of ENRD, the SHG Economist and the Chief Executive for Economic Development.  The Committee Secretary is Miss Anita Legg.


The Education & Employment Directorate held a Strategic Planning Day for all staff ahead of the start of the new school year.

The day began with an overview, by Director Shirley Wahler, of the year’s challenges and achievements. Head teachers of each school shared evaluations of their School Improvement Plans developed and implemented in the 2016/17 school year.

These plans all linked to the strategic objectives set by the Directorate. The presentations also highlighted the improvements made throughout the year as well as priority areas that each school set in Literacy, Maths and Inclusion. In the following session, all staff got involved in reviewing, updating and agreeing the targets and actions in relation to the Directorate’s Strategic Plan for the next three years.

One staff member commented:

“This was a very informative practical session outlining the Strategic Plan for the next three years. It was an opportunity for all staff in the Education sector to become familiar with the targets set and to amend, if necessary, with a chance to express their views on certain areas. This was both healthy and also gave staff a sense of ownership.”

Read more on the SHG website.


The Meteorological section is seeking to recruit a self-motivated person to work on a part-time basis as a Scientific Observations Officer. This post is a trainee role with the opportunity to becoming full-time in the future.

The candidate will initially be required to work 7 hours a day on Thursdays and Fridays with some paid overtime on the weekends.

The candidate should have GCSE’s in Maths, English and Science at Grade C or above and some experience of working in meteorological operations.

Salary for the post starts at £3.68 per hour.

For further details regarding this post, interested persons should contact Mr Lorimar Bennett, Meteorological Station Manager on telephone number 24422 / 24785 or e-mail

Application forms and a job profile are available from Essex House, Jamestown. Application forms should be completed and submitted to Miss Karen Thomas, Human Resources Manager or email by no later than Wednesday 27 September 2017.

All appointments are subject to the successful candidate providing satisfactory clearances, including a medical check and vetting/DBS clearance. SHG reserves the right to have information provided on the application form independently verified.

SHG positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification. All disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria listed in the job profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Derek Henry

Director of Environment and Natural Resources Division


The Environment and Natural Resources Directorate is seeking to recruit an individual to work with their Waste Management Services team.

Candidates should have a valid Class C License and be able to demonstrate basic numeracy and literacy skills.

The salary for the post is at Grade B commencing at £6,722 per annum.

For further details regarding this post, interested persons should contact Mr Mike Durnford, Environmental Risk Manager on Tel No: 24724 or e-mail:


The Environment & Natural Resources Directorate is seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual to head its Support Services team. The candidate should have a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Management or equivalent and previous experience working in a senior management role to include management of people, resources, strategic planning and managing change. The Executive Manager will be required to provide effective management, leadership and direction for Support Services.

Salary for the post starts at Grade E1 (£14,138 per annum).

For further details regarding this post, interested persons should contact Mr Derek Henry, Director on telephone number 22270 (e-mail

For detailed listing and profiles go to



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