Former Chief Islander honoured by HM The Queen

MBE for Anne Green

Report from the Editor

Anne with school pupils at her retirement assembly in May 2018

We are delighted to report that Anne Violet Green has been appointed as a MBE by HM The Queen for services to the community in Tristan da Cunha in the 2019 New Year Honours List.

Anne Green became a teacher in 1975, served as Deputy Head for many years and then became Head and Education Officer in October 2010. She retired at the end of the 2017 academic year, after 42 years of teaching generations of island children.

Anne with her family ex-pupils in May 2018:
Left with daughters Joanne and Iris and grand-children Sasha, Rachel and Caryn;
Right with brother James, his daughter Sarah and her sons Kieran and Connor.

Chief Islander Anne with Administrator Mike Hentley (far left, now Vice-Chair of the Tristan Association)
and fellow Island Council members during her second term of office in 2004.

Anne Green has also been an Island Council member for many years and became the first woman to be elected as Chief Islander in 1988, serving until 1991 and again from 2003-2007. She represented Tristan at Government meetings in the UK, where her calm leadership gained her great respect.

Leaving Tristan
as Chief Islander
with husband Joseph
aboard the Agulhas' helicopter in 2004
for a trip to the UK.

Joseph was honoured
with an MBE in 2012.

Chief Islander Anne Green with Administrator Mike Hentley
welcoming HE Governor Mike Clancy to Tristan
to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of Tristan in 2006.

Anne is also a leading member of Tristan’s small
but thriving Roman Catholic community,
serving as a Lay Minister
and leading services
in the absence of a serving priest
and alongside
her brother James.

 

The photo left
shows Anne
officiating
at the
2015 joint
Remembrance Service
in St Joseph's
Catholic Church.

Anne Green’s contribution to the Tristan da Cunha community has been huge and her MBE appointment warmly welcomed. Administrator Sean Burns led the contratulations for Anne by acknowledging the well- deserved award and Chief Islander Ian Lavarello commented ‘Fantastic news, well deserved’.

Her leadership in the fields of education, church and on the Island Council is a unique achievement, and of the highest order in the history of the Tristan community. Therefore, Anne's appointment as a MBE by The Queen is an appropriate accolade on her retirement from teaching.

Of course, islanders never retire. Anne’s work as a Lay Minister continues and she will no doubt be active in the village community, supporting her family and others. Like all islanders, Anne will also be busy every day of the year tending stock and crops, preparing wool and knitting. As an example of the latter, we featured a thank-you letter from Australia this month (December 2018) for a beautifully knitted pair of ‘Love Socks’ – knitted by Anne.