Jason Ivory appointed as next Administrator of Tristan da Cunha


The Tristan da Cunha Website


The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has appointed Jason Ivory to become the next Tristan Administrator when Joint Administrators Fiona Kilpatrick and Steve Townsend depart the island in September 2022. Jason and his wife Sue plan to travel to Tristan aboard the SA Agulhas II which is scheduled to depart Cape Town on 18th August and arrive on the island on 23rd of the same month. There will be a handing-over period of about three weeks during which Jason will be sworn in as Administrator before Fiona and Steve depart aboard the Agulhas II scheduled to leave on 15th September.


Introduction to Jason and Sue Ivory from Jason


Sue and I met in Brussels in 1990, married in August 1992 so we will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this year. We have two adult children Nick and Beth and a growing family with their lovely partners, Ellie and Tom.


We must not forget our adorable diplodogs Doogle and Oreo. They’ve been relocated in the UK since October 2021, living out their retirement years with Beth and Tom.


Over the last thirty years we have lived and worked In London, Madrid, Mumbai, Milton Keynes, New Delhi, Lagos, Abuja, London, Suffolk, Cairo, Nottingham, Casablanca and, most recently, Tirana.


We will now have some time in Nottingham again and then very much look forward to our next chapter with you all in Edinburgh of the seven seas.


Over the years, I have worked as an Administrative Officer, Assistant Management Officer, Desk Officer for the Phillipines and Vietnam, Finance Officer, Entry Clearance Officer, Entry Clearance Manager, Operations Manager UKVI, Ministerial Correspondence Manager UKVI, HR Business partner, Director for DIT, Consul General and Deputy Ambassador.


Other roles in the FCDO include Well-being Ambassador, First Response Champion (Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination) Crisis Manager and Honorary lay vice-chair of St Johns Church Council, Casablanca.


In my recreational time, I enjoy reading, cooking (I’m a Rouxbe whole food plant-based cook) running, tennis, golf, cricket, quizzes, cards (especially Canasta), board games (my favourite presently is Azul). Church work was included have facilitating a marriage course and serving as treasurer. I enjoy walking, nature, music, theatre shows and eating!


Sue has had to diversify over the years of accompanying Jason and raising our own two children as TCK’s (Third Culture Kids) whilst on the move; She began her career as a Nursery Nurse (NNEB) working as a private Nanny. She has since had roles as a Nursery teacher of ESL, Early Childhood Early Years Teacher, Nursery Leader, Dorling Kindersley BookLook Advisor, Daisy Girl Scout Troop leader, Reflexologist, Sunday School Teacher, Royal Mail Postwoman, Community Liaison Officer, Montessori Educator, Montessori Consultant, St Johns Casablanca Church Warden, CELTA, Global Woman Director Albania, Afghan Refugee outreach coordinator, Encourager 1:1 with women regarding their vision and business plans.


Sue in her recreational time enjoys cooking and is also a Rouxbe WFPB cook, member of Spicy Girls Cook club, embellishment embroiderer, counted cross stitcher, gardener, reader, facilitator of Alpha and The Marriage course, fundraiser and volunteer, founder of vegans-of-Albania, walker and nature lover, all whilst travelling and experiencing new cultures and destinations.


We Look forward to being part of the community on Tristan.


Attendance at two key May Tristan events in the UK


Jason has been Deputy Head of Mission at the UK Embassy in Tirana, Albania since June 2019. Jason and Sue travelled from Tirana to the UK on 5th May 2022 and spent four nights at the Holiday Inn at Southampton where they were guests of honour at the Tristan da Cunha Association Annual Gathering held that weekend. On Wednesday 11th May they both attended a reception hosted by the Government of Tristan da Cunha and the RSPB at Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to celebrate the creation of the Tristan community-led Marine Protection Zone which is the largest conservation area in the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore, within a week they had met a significant number of islanders, led by Chief Islander James Glass on 11th May, Tristan Association members and many other partners.