Appointed as statistician for St. Helena on a two-year fixed term contract, I am here to improve the quality and range of available statistics, support users in accessing and interpreting data, and perhaps most importantly supporting my team in personal and professional development and obtaining recognized statistics qualifications.
One of the biggest barriers to regular and timely production of statistics on St. Helena is access to data. Developing the statistics office goes hand-in-hand with developing the IT infrastructure and centralized databases, which will allow appropriate access to the data we need. I am very grateful to be working with fantastic people who recognize the need for these changes and are willing and able to work together to make sure we are coming up with the right solutions for St. Helena. Ours is a unique environment in which “off-the-shelf” solutions seldom fit neatly.
St. Helena is going through a period of unprecedented change. With an airport opening in 2015, access will be much improved, visitor numbers will increase and business opportunities will rocket accordingly. Managing and steering the statistics office when the demand for our outputs has never been so important is a privilege. I am grateful to be working with a wonderfully friendly and enthusiastic team in such an exceptional place at such a special time.
Note: St. Helena Island is an island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean, almost midway between Africa and South America. It is part of the British overseas territory of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, which also includes Ascension Island and the islands of Tristan da Cunha. St. Helena measures about 16 by 8 kilometres (10 by 5 mi) and has a population of 4,255 (2008 census).