S.Atlantic : Chevening Scholars from the Overseas Territories Hosted by the FCO
Submitted by SARTMA.com (Juanita Brock) 28.04.2013 (Article Archived on 26.05.2013)
Chevening Scholars from the Overseas Territories have been hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Scholars from the Overseas Territories Hosted by the FCO
J. Brock (FINN)
Sam Cockwell & Tara Thomas with Peter Hayes, Director OTD
Chevening Scholars from the Overseas
Territories have been hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Falkland Islander Sam Cockwell
and St Helenian Tara Thomas met with officials from the FCO’s Overseas
Territories Directorate including its Director, Peter Hayes, the Head of the Falklands
and Southern Oceans Department, Martin Longden, and former Governor of the
Falklands, Alan Huckle, as well as representatives of the St Helena Government,
Kedell Worboys (UK Office) and Gilly Francis.
Discussions included the outcome
of the Falklands referendum, the work being carried out by MLAs in the Latin
American region and Sam’s attendance at Lady Thatcher’s funeral the previous
A network lunch for Sam and Tara
and an historical tour of the FCO was organised after the meeting. Sam said the
visit had given him an insight into how the OTs offices worked, particularly
the interconnected nature of the different territories: “I was also very
impressed with the number of staff focused on the Falklands, their knowledge of
the Islands and the proactive stance they were all taking. Overall, it was very
encouraging for the future.”
Sam is currently studying for a
Masters in Petroleum Engineering at Imperial College in London while Tara is
working towards an MBA at the London School of Business & Finance. Both
were awarded the FCO’s Chevening Scholarship in 2012.