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Emma, age 24, was born and raised as a culturally-confused child in Oklahoma, USA to a St Helenian mother and a British father. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications (in May 2016), Emma moved to St Helena in January of 2017 as the Creator/Director of independent journalism project Six Months a Saint.
In the past, Emma served as Editor-in-Chief of an award-winning yearbook and of the magazine Crimson Quarterly, and has freelanced for The Guardian and The Huffington Post. She also interned for the Oklahoma Press Association, and has now been CEO of SAMS since August 2017
Emma’s grandfather, Fred (Sonny) Ward, was a well-known St Helenian activist/journalist and Emma now works in the building he once lived in.
Emma is also Secretary of the St Helena Donkey Home charity.
Jeremy is 31 years old and was born and raised on St Helena Island.
Jeremy previously worked in a variety of industries. Prior to joining SAMS, his most recent employment was as Liaison Officer for Basil Read, working on the St Helena Airport Project. Jeremy then joined SAMS in December 2016, and enjoys the community-oriented aspects of journalism.
Donna is 27 years old and was born in the United Kingdom to St Helenian parents. At age 2, Donna moved to St Helena and has stayed in Jamestown ever since.
Donna has been working in the media since she left school. Initially, Donna worked for Saint Fm Community Radio.
But in September 2015, she moved ‘over the road’ and took a position as a Junior Station Manager with SAMS, and has been with the company ever since.
Andrew is 20 years old and was born in Hertfordshire, England. His family moved to St Helena Island when he was 7 years old, and he then spent his early years in Blue Hill before moving to Jamestown as a teenager.
Andrew started his journalism career at age 16, right after leaving secondary school. He first worked with the island’s other media organisation, the St Helena Independent/Saint FM. After two years there, he moved away from the organisation (now funded by Lord Ashcroft) and joined the team at SAMS, where he started as a “Journalist/Media Production Assistant” before moving up to his current role.
Fiona was born on St Helena Island and lives in the St Paul’s District. She is age 21, plus 26 years experience!
Fiona has a career spanning 31 years in administration, accounts and customer services. Fifteen of those years were with the St Helena Government, and 16 of the years with the private sector. She has been employed by SAMS since June 2017, and is also the Secretary of the Half Tree Hollow Rifle Club.
St Helenian Cyril (better known as “Ferdie”) Gunnell was educated at Secondary Selective School, and later enrolled with International Correspondence Schools to further his education.
Prior to joining SAMS, Ferdie worked with Radio St Helena as News Editor and Producer.
Cyril was also elected to the St Helena Legislative Council in 1991, and over the years served on a number of committees (including the Education Committee and the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee). As a Member of the Executive Council for two full terms, on separate occasions he chaired the Health & Social Welfare Committee and the Employment & Social Security Committee. He has represented St Helena at various CPA conferences overseas, including the Overseas Territories Consultative Council and the EU Overseas Countries and Territories forums.
Ferdie’s career history also includes work as the Fire Inspector and Medical/Administrative Assistant on Ascension Island; Flight Operations Operator and Progress Control Manager at CSE Aviation, Oxford; Income Tax and Social Work in St Helena; the first Investigations Officer (social benefits) in St Helena.
Currently, as well as freelancing weekly for SAMS, Ferdie is Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Chairman of the Prison Visiting Committee and has recently stepped down from Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce.
Mic-kail Harris is 17 years old. He was born on St Helena in October of 2000, and was enrolled in local schools from 2005-2017. During his school days, Mic-kail was most interested in musical instruments (keyboard and guitar), art and Information and Communication Technology.
In 2017, Mic-kail joined SAMS through the St Helena Community College, first on work experience and then under an apprenticeship. Mic-kail enjoys the social aspects of journalism; talking to people, and getting to know what they’re like.
In his future career, Mic-kail hopes to become a video producer (or, as a dream job, to become the face of an international racing team).