Headlines: November 21st, 2002

Chris Simpkins, 50, is taking the skills he has developed as Chief Executive of South Holland District Council in Lincolnshire to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, some 300 miles from the South American mainland. His salary as Chief Executive will be almost 100 thousand pounds plus a gratuity of 25%. He will also be eligible for lower tax rates.He is leaving a unique landscape bordering on the Wash, which has been drained to create the most fertile farmland in Britain for one of the world’s most unspoilt environments with more sunshine hours than Southern England and less rainfall than the UK average. There are, of course, winds.

The resident population is around 2,400, of whom nearly 96% are British. Eight councillors are elected every four years to the Legislative Council. In his new post he will have a unique opportunity to run a complete, ‘connected’, Government. His remit is to take forward with councillors their plans for modernisation and development of the economy.

There are six RAF flights to the Falkland Islands every four weeks. Civilians flying from Britain to the Falklands may book through the Falkland Islands Government Office in London.