|Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands|
3 January 2008 –1 February 2012
|Governor|| Alan Huckle |
Ric Nye (Acting)
|Preceded by||Michael Blanch (interim)|
|Succeeded by||Keith Padgett|
|Born||15 May 1962|
|Spouse||Alison Jane Thorogood|
|Alma mater|| University of Cambridge |
Timothy "Tim" Rupert Thorogood (born 15 May 1962) is an English administrator who served as Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands from 2008 until 2012.
Thorogood was born in Barbados and spent time as a child in the Falklands,where his father worked for Cable &Wireless. In 1983,he received an MA in history from the University of Cambridge before going on to get an MA in education,an MBA and PhD in Management from the Open University.
After University,Thorogood worked at a school in Gosport,Hampshire,becoming the head of the school's history department. He then moved into local government working in Hertfordshire's LEA and the London Borough of Hillingdon,before becoming Director of Strategic Services in Three Rivers District Council and later Director of Support Services in Haringey Council.In March 2003 he was appointed Chief Executive of the City and County of Swansea Council. Following his resignation from Swansea Council,Thorogood became the head of the Local Government Information Unit.,.
In August 2007,the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands selected Thorogood to be the British Overseas Territory's new Chief Executive.He took up the position on 3 January 2008. During his time as Chief Executive,the Falkland Islands Government increased investment in the search for hydrocarbons in the waters surrounding the islands. In 2011,Thorogood announced that he would be leaving the Falklands for family reasons. He left office in 2012 and was replaced by the Director of Finance,Keith Padgett.
The politics of the Falkland Islands takes place in a framework of a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary representative democratic dependency as set out by the constitution,whereby the Governor exercises the duties of head of state in the absence of the monarch and the Chief Executive is the head of the Civil Service,with an elected Legislative Assembly to propose new laws,national policy,approve finance and hold the executive to account.
The Falkland Islands are a British overseas territory and,as such,rely on the United Kingdom for the guarantee of their security. The other UK territories in the South Atlantic,South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands,fall under the protection of British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI),formerly known as British Forces Falkland Islands (BFFI),which includes commitments from the British Army,Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. They are headed by the Commander,British Forces South Atlantic Islands (CBFSAI),a brigadier-equivalent appointment that rotates among all three services.
The governor of the Falkland Islands is the representative of the British Crown in the Falkland Islands,acting "in His Majesty's name and on His Majesty's behalf" as the islands' de facto head of state in the absence of the British monarch. The role and powers of the governor are set out in Chapter II of the Falkland Islands Constitution. The governor in office resides at Government House,which serves as the official residence.
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Admiral Sir Jonathon Band is a retired Royal Navy officer who was the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff from 2006 to 2009. Before serving as First Sea Lord he was Commander-in-Chief Fleet. Since becoming First Sea Lord,Band had been a firm advocate of the creation of new ships to meet new threats and maintain the status of the Royal Navy as one of the world's leading naval forces.
The Falkland Islands is an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 mi (480 km) east of South America's southern Patagonian coast and about 752 mi (1,210 km) from Cape Dubouzet at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula,at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago,with an area of 4,700 sq mi (12,000 km2),comprises East Falkland,West Falkland,and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory,the Falklands have internal self-governance,but the United Kingdom takes responsibility for their defence and foreign affairs. The capital and largest settlement is Stanley on East Falkland.
The chief executive of the Falklands Islands is head of the public service responsible for the efficient and effective management of the Falkland Islands Government. The appointment,role and powers of the chief executive are set out in the Constitution of the Falkland Islands.
The Legislative Council of the Falkland Islands was the unicameral legislature of the Falkland Islands from 13 November 1845 until 1 January 2009. The new constitution came into force in 2009 and replaced the Legislative Council with the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands.
Nigel Robert Haywood is a British diplomat,who served as British ambassador to Estonia from 2003 until 2008 and Governor of the Falkland Islands from 2010 until 2014.
The Falkland Islands general election of 2009 was held on Thursday 5 November 2009 to elect members to the Legislative Assembly. It was the first general election in the Falkland Islands since the new constitution came into force on 1 January 2009,which replaced the old Legislative Council with the Legislative Assembly. Chief Executive Tim Thorogood acted as Returning Officer.
The director of finance of the Falkland Islands is the government officer responsible for economic and financial matters in the Falkland Islands. The role and powers of the director of finance are set out in Chapter VI of the Falkland Islands Constitution. The position replaced the office of financial secretary in 2009 when the new Constitution came into effect.
Michael Dennis Blanch TD is a British diplomat who served as Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands from January 2000 to March 2003,and again as interim Chief Executive from 12 September 2007 to 3 January 2008.
Richard Sawle is a British born,Falkland Islands politician,who has been Complaints Commissioner since 15 January 2014 and previously served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Stanley constituency from 2009 until 2013.
The Falkland Islands general election of 2013 was held on Thursday 7 November 2013 to elect all eight members of the Legislative Assembly through universal suffrage using block voting,with each Stanley constituent having up to 5 votes and each Camp constituent having up to 3 votes. A total of 1,046 ballots were cast in Stanley,representing a turn-out of 75.4%,and 242 ballots in Camp,representing a turn-out of 85.5%. As no political parties are active in the Falklands,all the candidates stood as Independents. The Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands,Keith Padgett,acted as returning officer. It was the second election since the new Constitution came into force replacing the Legislative Council with the Legislative Assembly.
Keith Padgett is an English politician who served as Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands from 2012 to 2016. Before his appointed as Chief Executive,Padgett served as the islands' Financial Secretary from 2008,which was renamed Director of Finance with the implementation of the 2009 Constitution. He also acts as Director of Corporate Resources.
A referendum on political status was held in the Falkland Islands on 10–11 March 2013. The Falkland Islanders were asked whether or not they supported the continuation of their status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom in view of Argentina's call for negotiations on the islands' sovereignty.
Barry Alan Rowland is a British administrator and the former Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands. He previously served as Executive Director for Northumberland County Council and Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council.
The Falkland Islands general election of 2021 was held on Thursday 4 November 2021 to elect all eight members of the Legislative Assembly through universal suffrage using block voting,with the Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands acting as returning officer. It was the fourth election since the new Constitution came into force replacing the Legislative Council with the Legislative Assembly.
A referendum on reforming the electoral system was held in the Falkland Islands on 24 September 2020,after being postponed from 26 March 2020 following the Coronavirus pandemic. Voters were asked if they wanted to replace the two existing electoral constituencies with a single constituency for the whole of the Islands. Although a majority of those who voted supported the change,the required two-thirds majority in both of the islands' constituencies was not achieved.