Appointment of new Trust Council members
At its AGM on 27 January, the Trust welcomed four new members to its governing body – Trust Council. Neil Fantom and Nick Thorpe take up the respective roles of President and Vice President and Kelly Whitton has kindly taken on the role of Secretary. Lourens Malan, Chair of the St Helena Nature Conservation Group, has also taken up post on Trust Council as representative of the society. For details of the full membership of Trust Council, please see our Governance page.
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The St Helena National Trust will be holding its AGM on Monday 27 January, 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm, at the Education Learning Centre, Jamestown. Members of the Trust and the wider community are invited to review the Trust’s financial position and annual report for the year ending 31 March 2019. The meeting will include election to Trust Council – the charity’s governing body. The slate of nominations comprises Neil Fantom for President and Nick Thorpe for Vice-President. Further details here.
Conservation boost for St Helena’s endemic Boxwood
The St Helena National Trust has secured support from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to create a living seed bank reserve and raise awareness for the Boxwood (Withania begoniifolia). Assessed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Trust’s work will provide an important boost for conservation of this endemic species.
Archive digitisation prospects
Supported by Arcadia and administered by the British Library, the Endangered Archives Programme facilitates the digitisation of archives around the world that are in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. The Trust is delighted to share news that it has been successful in a stage one application for a two-year project to digitise a selection of the East India Company records of St Helena. A stage two application will be submitted by the February deadline with the prospective project scheduled to start in June 2020.
St Helena National Trust – Trust Council vacancies
The St Helena National Trust is recruiting two new members to join Trust Council – the charity’s governing body. The Trust is an NGO regulated by Ordinance to promote, protect and enhance the unique natural and historic environment of St Helena for future generations. The posts of President and Vice President will be vacant from the New Year, when successful candidates will be elected at the Trust’s AGM on 27 January 2020.
With a new Director in post, this is an exciting time to join the Trust as we undergo a period of rejuvenation on route to our 20th anniversary in 2022.
Complementing existing skills on Trust Council, members are especially keen to hear from individuals with finance, business and/or legal experience. Candidates will also need to demonstrate commitment to good governance and the ability to work well as a member of a team. For further details, including a copy of the recruitment pack, please contact the Trust’s Office Manager, Amanda Constantine: email@example.com.
The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 20 December 2019. Early applications are encouraged and interviews will be held on a rolling basis at the earliest opportunity.
Funding boost for heritage interpretation at Rupert’s
The St Helena National Trust is partnering with St Helena Government and the Liberated African Advisory Committee (LAAC) to help establish a world class interpretation centre and memorial in Rupert’s Valley to commemorate the island’s role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. The island was instrumental in this respect in the nineteenth century, having served as a receiving depot for intercepted slave ships and an estimated 25,000 ‘liberated’ individuals. Over 150 years later, stakeholders from across government and civil society are working together to commemorate the lives of the individuals involved: many of whom ended their days on St Helena and were buried in Rupert’s Valley. Funding from the UK Government, through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and overseen by LAAC, will drive forward a programme of work including geophysical survey and design of a memorial and contemplation site.
Funding prospects from UK Government
Two applications from the St Helena National Trust have been successful in progressing to stage 2 of the UK Government’s DEFRA Darwin Initiative, together with three other project proposals from St Helena. This is good news for endemic conservation and the Trust will be working with on-island and international partners — including St Helena Government, RSPB, The Mid Atlantic Island Invertebrate Specialist Group and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International — to submit strong stage 2 applications in November. If successful, the projects will run for three years each and support multispecies invasive vertebrate and invertebrate control.
The Trust has extensive experience in managing Darwin Plus (also known as the Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund) projects, having achieved A and A+ ratings on recent work.