Legislative Council

Legislative Council members are the Law Makers of St Helena and meet formally in ‘the House’ to discuss important issues affecting the people of St Helena and decide ways on how they can be addressed.

Councillors may  be contacted through the Secretary to Elected Members on email: sec.em@helanta.co.sh or telephone (00290) 22590 or via their direct contact details below.

Members of Legislative Council Members are Clint Beard, Cruyff Buckley, Gavin Ellick, Corinda Essex, Anthony (Tony) Green, Lawson Henry, Kylie Hercules, Brian Isaac, Cyril Leo, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.


Gavin EllickGavin Ellick

I was born 25 April 1964 and gained my education by attending Half Tree Hollow School and St Pauls Senior and left at the age of 14.  From there I worked at ANRD as a trainee doing plant biology and seed cultivation, I then moved on to work as a Masons Mate.  At the age of 18 years I decided to relocate to Ascension Island.  There, I spent some time testing the density for concrete and helping to perform blasting operations.  I then moved to the US base and took on the role of a supply clerk.   I would say that throughout my years in employment my main focus was on construction and agriculture.  However I did have some experience outside of those two areas; I have worked at the Fisheries and Tourism departments and even worked as a butcher when I returned to St Helena.
I then started worked at the National Trust as a Wire bird monitoring officer, and have remained in that role to the present day.
I have always had an interest in politics. So in 2009 I had decided to join the election to become a part of the council, but unfortunately lost the race that year. I decided to run again in this year’s election and I thank the public for my win.
My hobbies include numerous sports, leisure activities (fishing, music and playing the guitar).

The main areas that I wish to focus on during my time in Council are Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism, Leisure, Heritage, Culture, the Elderly and Disabled.

I am very approachable and if there are any queries or questions that anyone in the public would like to ask, then they are more than welcome to voice their concerns to me, and I will do my best to make their voices heard.

Contact details:

Email: Councillor.Ellick@helanta.co.sh

Lawson Henry


Lawson Henry

I was born 19 February 1953 and am a widower; I left school at the age of fourteen, as I had chosen to work as an apprentice at Longwood farm. Back then the farming status was at top quality with the evidence of the quality of the products produced such as meats, fresh milk and vegetables in abundance.  In 1973 I relocated to Ascension Island to work for Pan American (the contractor) and did two tours for the US Air Force.  Iva, the love of my life, and I married in 1975 and raised three children who now live and work in the UK.  I served 21 years as a police officer including 2 tours on Ascension as Chief of Police but am now retired. However because of my service I am the holder of the Police Medal.  I returned to Ascension Island in 1998 to work as an Administration Manager for Ascension Island Services and remained working at that post for 11 years. During this time I became a founder member of Ascensions first ever elected council in 2002. I, along with several other islanders at that time played a key role in bringing about democratic reforms to the Island, then in 2005 I became the first ever councillor to represent Ascension at the Overseas Territories Council in London.  For ten years I served as a Lay Advocate on both Ascension and St Helena, chaired the School Governors Committee on Ascension. Also being a keen golfer, I have served the role as Captain for the Golf Clubs of both St Helena and Ascension Islands on a number of occasions.

Contact details

Email: lawson.henry@helanta.co.sh


Brian IsaacBrian Isaac

I was born in 1958 and I have two brothers and two sisters.  I attended Longwood Infant, Junior & Harford Senior School.  My employment began in 1975 at Solomon and Company working as a shop assistant. I relocated to Ascension Island where I worked as a Distillation Plant Operator for Pan American Airways and then moved on the NASA as a Plant Operator.  I moved back to St Helena in 1987 and worked once again for Solomon & Company as the Hardware Store Supervisor.  My work with the St Helena Government began in 1989 as an Assistant Social Service’s Officer/Probation Officer.  In the 1990’s I gained Social Work Training and became a Member & Deputy Chairman of the St Helena Disabled Society. 2005 was the year I was elected into Legislative Council and have remained to the present day. I have served on numerous Committees’ including the Public Health & Social Welfare, Education and Agriculture & Forestry.  In my spare time I often fish, garden and I like to keep updated with World Affairs.

Contact details:

Email: brian.isaac@helanta.co.sh


Christine Scipio-O’DeanChristine Scipio-O’Dean

I was born in 1971 and attended Secondary Selective School.  I have two children and my career has been focused on teaching, finance and administration.  Currently I am a member of Legislative and Executive Council and I am the Children’s Champion for St Helena.  I was elected into office in October 2012 and was re – elected in the General Election 2013.

Contact Details:

Tel: 290 24638

Email: christine.scipio@helanta.co.sh



Derek Thomas

I am a member of Executive Council, Chairperson of the Public Health Committee, Member of theDerek Thomas Social and Development Community Committee and was first elected into Council in 2009.

My previous career was within the St Helena Police Force where I progressed through the ranks to be appointed as Chief of Police.   As a Council member in 2011 I attended the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in London (100th anniversary of the CPA).  To keep fit I enjoy cricket and football and I keep well-informed of local and international developments via the media stations.

Contact Details:

Email: DEREKTHOMAS@helanta.co.sh




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