Governor Mark Capes waves’ goodbye to St Helena

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After over 4 years in office Governor Mark Capes waved good bye as he departed St Helena on the 18th March 2016.

Governor Capes was appointed as Governor of St Helena in late 2011 and took up his appointment the same year (October)

Governor Mark Andrew Capes was previously serving as Chief Executive on Turks and Caicos Island since 2009.Governor Mark Capes waves good bye- photo supplied by SHG.

Governor Capes succeeded Andrew Gurr who retired after his posting as the Islands Governor.

Governor Capes will arrive back in the UK in April but will visit France and Corsica on route to the UK where he will end his posting as Governor.

During the last week several receptions were held to bid farewell to Governor Capes.

Incidentally the announcement was made just days after Governor Capes arrived on Island that the contract was awarded for the building of St Helena’s new Airport.

The posting as Governor was described by Mark as fascinating but also not manageable without the strong relationship and support of colleagues within SHG.

The newly appointed Governor Lisa Phillips will succeed Mark Capes as Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in April 2016.

Governor Lisa Phillips whose previous posting was in Kenya will also be the first women Governor since the job was created in 1657. You can read more about Governor Lisa Phillips posting here