FIA Stanley Committee (FIASC)

The FIASC was set up in the Falkland Islands In December 2016 at the instigation of the FIA Executive Committee (EC) to represent the FIA in the Falkland Islands; please see the list of FIASC members below.

The main purpose of the FIA stanley committee in the Falklands is to assist in promoting the FIA within the Falkland Islands by generating greater awareness of the FIA's role in the UK and elsewhere in supporting the Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination. The FIASC's main activity is to encourage members of the local community to take up individual and/or corporate membership of the Association. It also advises the Association on ways in which the FIA can be more relevant to the resident community of the Falkland Islands so that the FIA can become more effective in its role. Without strong local support, the FIA would be less credible as a lobby group working in support of the Falkland Islanders.

Acting Chairman and Secretary: Andrew Newman

Andrew's parents were part of the farming community pre 1982, growing up in the Camp and then in Stanley post 1982 he enjoyed all the Falkland Islands and its way of life has to offer. Opportunities in 1987 led to a short career in the Merchant Navy and then 23 years as a civil servant for the Falkland Islands Government in the aviation and regulation fields. For the last 15 years he has supported a number of local charities and has involvement in other local organisations and events in order to contribute to the local community. He currently works in the Falklands private sector in the fisheries and Oil and Gas sectors.

Treasurer: Gerald Cheek

Gerald was born in 1941 and his father at that time was employed at Hill Cove. In 1946 the family moved to Stanley and Gerald has lived there ever since. AT the completion of his education at the Senior School he commenced work for FIG at the Power Station as an apprentice electrician and remained working there until 1976 when he secured the new post of trainee air traffic controller in preparation for working at Stanley Airport, which was opened for operations in 1977. He spent most of 1976 training with the Civil Aviation Department in England.

Following his final 21 years working for FIG as the Director of Civil Aviation he retired in 2011 and since then has been working as a tour guide.

He joined the Falkland Islands Committee when it was originally formed in 1968 and has remained as a member ever since. During the Argentine occupation of the Islands he, together with other Islanders, including Velma Malcolm also a member of the Committee was arrested by the Argentine Military Police and transported to Fox Bay East, where there were several hundred Argentine troops stationed, and was retained there until the Argentine surrender.

Dr. Emma Brook

Emma is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, born to Norma and Roger Edwards, in Portsmouth in 1971. Her first trip to the Islands was at the age of 2, whilst her father was serving on board HMS Endurance. They returned as a family in January 1983 and her parents bought part of Fox Bay West in 1985. Before going to Peter Symonds College in Winchester, she worked as a knitter in the woollen mill at Fox Bay.
 
After her A Levels, she went to Queen's University Belfast and studied Geology, then returned to the Islands working for the Falkland Islands Government at their Junior Geologist and mapped the islands geology. After the mapping project was complete she returned to the UK and studied for a Masters Degree in Petroleum Geology, graduating the year the oil price crashed, so returned to the Islands and worked at FIDC looking at the economic geology potential onshore, before joining Cable & Wireless as their Customer Service Manager. During this period she started working on Antarctic Cruise ships as part of their expedition team, lecturing on the geology and driving zodiacs through the ice.
 
She realised she wanted to use her degree, so retrained at Exeter University, to become a Geography Secondary school teacher. She has been a reserve Police Officer for over 18 years and plans to retire from this in mid 2017. She also stood for election in 2009 and was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Stanley. Today she works as the College Development Manager at the Training Centre, delivering a variety of training programmes to FIG staff and members of the public of all ages. She loves the Falklands and the natural history of the Islands and enjoys passing on her knowledge to visitors.

Ariane Brownlee

Ariane Brownlee is a 7th generation Islander. Ariane grew up in Stanley with her parents and two younger sisters. At 15, Ariane moved to the UK to continue her education at Chichester College, where she began her studies in Travel and Tourism, then moving onto Bournemouth University to study Tourism Management. Graduating in 2017, Ariane returned to the Falkland Islands to work for Sulivan Shipping Services Ltd and pursue her career within the tourism industry.

It has become clear that the FIA is an important voice for the Falkland Islands, it’s people and its supporters and Ariane is proud to be a part of that; the Falkland Island’s is an incredibly unique and special country.

Dr. Deborah Davidson

Having just successfully completed her PhD in Marine Ecology, Deborah moved from her home in the northeast of Scotland to the Falkland Islands in May 2010 on a year’s contract as a Scientific Fisheries Observer, working for the Falkland Islands Government. She quickly fell in love with the Islands, and the work, and extended for another year. After spending a bit more time onshore in the second year and having more opportunity to explore and get to know the place and the people, she realised the Islands were “home” embracing the gorgeous Islands, the incredibly strong sense of community and the way of life. She subsequently worked for a newly established research institute in Stanley (the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute - SAERI), working there for over four years on various environmental projects. She now works for FIG again, in the Department of Mineral Resources. Deborah believes it is important to give back to the community, and therefore volunteers for various activities and organisations, and is a member of several Boards. 

Norma Edwards OBE

Former Councillor Norma Edwards served for almost twenty years on the Falkland Islands' Legislative Council and was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her services to the Falklands community in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours List in 2006.  She has spoken at FIA AGMs in the past and is an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker.

Norma is a Falkland Islander whose family epitomises the best qualities of the Islanders: hardwork, conscientiousness, and strength when defending the Falkland Islands, their values and democratic way of life.  She was educated in the Islands before going to the UK to train as a Nurse, she later became a hospital Sister.  She married Roger in 1970, who later volunteered for the Task Force in 1982.  Together they bought Lake Sullivan Farm on Fox Bay West in 1986.  They have two daughters, Emma who is also on the FIASC and Rebecca.

Her family is an example of how the Islanders have kept faith with the British Task Force and especially the servicemen who died in the liberation of the Islands from Argentine invasion in 1982.

Norma is an advocate for ensuring the Falkland Islander's right to self determination.

Source: Harold Briley, Merco Press, 17 June 2006 and Falkland Islands Government Website.

Ailsa Heathman

Ailsa is the daughter of a Scotsman and a Falkland Islander of many generations and has lived in the Islands all her life. In 1978 she married Tony Heathman and has two daughters and three grandchildren all residing in the Falkland Islands. Ailsa and Tony were able to purchase Estancia Farm in 1980 following the first sub-division of Green Patch Farm resulting from the fiscal study of the Islands commissioned by the British Government in 1976 and led by Lord Shackleton. They have lived and farmed at Estancia ever since but in the past 15 – 20 years they have also become increasingly involved with tourism when low wool prices forced diversification. In any spare time, Ailsa tries to keep abreast of issues within the Islands and the outside world as well as corresponding with a wide number of family and friends here and overseas.

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