Colin Owen, St Helena Government’s Chief Auditor, has been selected as St Helena’s new Financial Secretary and will succeed Paul Blessington when he leaves the Island at the end of August. Colin Owen’s appointment, following shortlisting and interview, comes after a rigorous recruitment process and a high level of interest in the post.
Colin has been the Chief Auditor for almost 2 years. The experience gained will help in his new role “I’ve been heavily involved in the PAC (Public Accounts Committee) and have been dealing with lots of issues around efficiencies, improvements and drives. Getting as much out of the people that we have certainly has been a big part of my focus. Obviously building up working relationships with directors and with members as I see will be a great benefit to have.”
With the airport project the Financial Secretary job will be a busy one over the next few years. “It’s a fascinating time, very exciting time and its one of the reasons I was interested in the role, to be part of such a big project. To support members and lead on various aspects of that will be a great challenge. It’s a great place to be at the moment.”
Colin and his family enjoy life on St Helena “We as a family love the sea. I love fishing and scuba diving. It’s actually a great part of our life here, the kids love all those sorts of things. I’m into sports, I’m a big fan of football I help out with junior football teams on the island that’s a big part of my life. For a family it’s the freedom that children can have here. I think it’s tied us into doing things as a family and St Helena has got a lot to offer.”
Colin will take up his new position in early September.