Membership Secretary: Karen Clapp

I am a 4th generation Falkland Islander on my mother’s side.  My family moved to the UK in 1975 when my father was posted back to the UK to help set up the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) HQ in Cambridge.  My brother returned to live in the Falklands in 1986 and still does so.

I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1990 and served with them for 25 years.  I have had postings in Moscow, Washington DC and Canberra.  I was also part of their Rapid Deployment Team for many years and travelled to China in 2008 after the terrible earthquake they suffered to look for, and give consular aid to missing British nationals. 

I have been back to the Falklands on several occasions for holidays, and each time I know I am home - especially when that first gust of wind hits me!  I am a long-standing member of the FIA and, after being retired from the FCO on medical grounds, was able to take up the role Membership Secretary in 2015.