SOCIO-ECONOMIST FOR ST HELENA
to the Island on 22 September 2013 was Socio-Economist, Thomas Holvey.
the Project Management Unit at the Castle, Thomas has been contracted by St
Helena Government for two years with the primary aim to help improve the
decision making around project management. To do this Thomas will be providing
socio-economic appraisal for separate projects in support of the Island’s
Capital Spend Programme. This will be extended to appraisal and analysis of
other tasks and strategies.
of Socio-Economist is a new one for St Helena and Thomas will be working on
various projects within the Capital Programme as well as other Government
policies that will have social or economic impacts on the Island.
commented on his new role:
excited by the new role at a very important time for the Island. Moving to St
Helena is something I’ve wanted to do for some time and I’m delighted to be
able to fulfill this ambition whilst hopefully being able to contribute to
Island life in a positive manner. St Helena has lived up to all my expectations
so far, in terms of the beauty of the Island and the warmth of the local
taking up his role on St Helena, Thomas worked as the Economic Policy Manager
for Leeds City Council where he led on economic strategy and information for
the City, and also delivered major projects such as Superfast Broadband. Thomas
has also worked for the UK Government and other Councils in social and economic
policy roles. He was also a local Councillor in York for 8 years.
originally from Lincoln and moved to York 12 years ago before moving to St
Helena. He is a keen cricketer and sports fan as well as being interested in
political issues. Thomas’ partner, Hannah, a nurse, will be arriving in 5