The Chief Islander is a Tristanian elected separately from the Island Council, and serves for three years.
The current Chief Islander is Ian Lavarello.
Ian was elected for a third consecutive term in March 2016 and is the first member of the Lavarello family to occupy the post.

Elected Chief Islanders:

Harold Green1970-1973, 1979-1982 & 1985-1988
Albert Glass1973-1979 & 1982-1985
Anne Green1988-1991 & 2003-2007
Lewis Glass1991-1994
James Glass1994-1997, 1997-2000 & 2000-2003
Conrad Glass2007-2010
Ian Lavarello2010-2013, 2013-2016 & 2016 onwards
The photo above shows Ian overlooking the River Thames in London whilst representing Tristan at a series of meetings including the 2016 Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council.

Profile of Tristan da Cunha's Chief Islander Ian Lavarello

Ian was born on 1st May 1970, the second son to Gilbert and Agnes Lavarello.

Ian studied at St Mary's school from 1975 until 1985, gaining UK examination qualifications in History, Geography, Science, English Language and Literature, Maths and the newly introduced Tristan Island Studies.

Ian then started working at the Post and Telecommunications Department mainly training as an electronics technician and radio operator.

The then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meets Chief Islander Ian Lavarello in 2016.

From 1990 until 1992 Ian studied at Stevenage College, completing a City and Guilds Electronics course and gaining a HNC in Electronics, followed by a course at Hanslope Park studying installation and technical details for an Inmarsat A satellite telephone system.

After returning to the island Ian installed the first satellite telephone system in the Administrators' Office on behalf of the FCO.

Ian attended an electronics course in Cape Town in 1998 organised by Cape Maritime Electronics working on ships high frequency radios and radars.

In 2006 Ian travelled to New Mexico to attend a seismological course at the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory arranged by the USGS who have seismic equipment on the island which he monitored on a part time daily basis.

Ian switched from Post Office and Communications (where he had been Head of Department, overseeing the Tristan Post Office as well as Communications) in 2007 and started working for the Public Works Department, principally as a driver of JCBs, dumper trucks and any other vehicles owned by the dept, maintaining roads, building and other work as directed.

Ian also works part time when needed as a Fisheries Observer for the Fisheries Department mainly working on the Edinburgh during the fishing season taking samples of the crayfish caught on board the vessel at Nightingale, Inaccessible and Gough Island.

This profile was published on Ian's first election as Chief Islander in 2010.