News from the Tristan da Cunha Government, including the Governor, the Resident Administrator, Chief Islander and Tristan-related official events in the UK and abroad.

Page Updated: Tristan da Cunha Administrator

Tristan's resident Administrator is appointed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and reports to the Governor in St Helena.
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Philip Kendall sworn-in as Tristan Administrator

Philip Kendall takes over as Tristan da Cunha Administrator

Philip Kendall formally swears in to become Tristan Administrator
alongside Chief Islander James Glass in the Tristan da Cunha Council Chamber.
(Photos from Cynthia Green)

James had been Acting Administrator following the sudden death of Sean Burns on 16th March, with James' absence overseas covered by Treasurer Lorraine Repetto, who also acted as Administrator during this unusual six month period.

James Glass congratulating Philip Kendall as he relinquishes the role of Acting Administrator again.

DEFRA meeting highlights Tristan's conservation matters

Report and photo from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy

A meeting with UK environment minister Trudy Harrison brought a chance to outline Tristan da Cunha’s conservation challenges and successes.


The briefing, focusing on Tristan and just three other Territories, was held on 13th September 2023 at the London headquarters of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.


I updated the minister on Tristan’s efforts to tackle invasive species, and the unique way the islands have combined a sustainable fishing industry with participation in the ‘Blue Belt’ ocean conservation scheme. I also stressed that we always want the UK‘s support to focus on building capacity on the island.


Tristan da Cunha is a precious hotspot of marine and terrestrial biodiversity, and the event was a useful chance to showcase this.


The photo shows Chris and the minister at DEFRA HQ in London on 13th September.

Tristan welcomed at Gibraltar celebrations

Event strengthens inter-UK Overseas Territory links
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Chief Islander sworn in as Acting Administrator

James Glass replaces Lorraine Repetto in Council Chamber ceremony
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Philip Kendall appointed as next Tristan da Cunha Administrator

Expected arrival aboard SA Agulhas II in September 2023
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Tristan flag flies at Red Ensign Group gathering

Chief Islander gives presentation to Coastal State Forum
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Chancellor recalls meeting Tristan's remarkable Chief Islander

Jeremy Hunt highlights James Glass in constituency newsletter
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Tristan highlighted in Commons debate

Campaign for better shipping links
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