The Island Council consists of the Administrator as President, plus three appointed and eight elected members. At least one member of the council must be a woman.

See also:

21st Century Island Council

There are no political parties or trade unions on Tristan. However, democracy is alive and well in the form of an Island Council consisting of the Administrator as President, plus three appointed and eight elected members. At least one member of the council must be a woman.

A separate election is held for the post of Chief Islander.

When first appointed, the Island Council select a Vice President . Members are also appointed to the Council's Sub Committees , which supervise a range of activities and submit regular reports for the Council to consider at future meetings.

The Tristan da Cunha Coat of Arms is shown right >

Island Council elections are held every three years and the current island council will serve from 2016-2019. See the Island Council 2016 page for details of the election and photos of the council, including the one below:

Photo showing Administrator and President of the Island Council, Sean Burns, at a meeting of the Tristan Island Council at the start of his second term as Administrrator in the Council Chamber on 14th December 2016.
Sean Burns is at the head of the table,
and on his left is Commercial Officer Ann Biddle. Seated around the table, left to right, are Island Councillors: On the left - Paula Swain, Warren Glass, Harold Green;
On the right - Conrad Glass, Lorraine Repetto, Iris Green, Terence Green and Sarah Glass-Green.
For more on the Island Council see the Government News pages

Government Building

The only 2 storey building on the island (the lower floor houses the Internet Cafe) is sometimes referred to as 'Whitehall' or the 'H'admin Building' and contains the Administrator's Office, Treasury Department, Administration Offices and the Council Chamber where Island Council meetings are held.