The Ascension Island Council is an elected body that provides advice to the Administrator on matters relating to the governance of Ascension Island. As a result of changes in the constitutional arrangements for Ascension Island, the first Island Council of seven members was elected and took office on 1 November 2002. Current councillors are Samantha Arms-Lawrence, Jacqui Ellick, Kitty George, Nicholas John and Marie-Anne Dennis, elected on 1 September 2016.

The new Ascension Island Council met for the first time on Friday 2 September, when members took the Oaths of Office.

Ascension Island Council Members


Councillor Jacqueline Ellick

Councillor Jacqui EllickJacqui spent the majority of her childhood years on Ascension Island, and has lived on the island again since 1994. Jacqui is very involved in community and conservation voluntary work. She is a Justice of the Peace, helps run the Islander Newspaper and is this year heading the Turtle Intern Programme in conjunction with the Conservation Office. Jacqui is married with five children and has one granddaughter.


Councillor Kitty George

Councillor GeorgeKitty was born on St Helena Island in 1970 and lived there until she moved to Ascension in 1990. This is her third term on the Ascension Island Council. She represented the Council at the JMC (then OTCC) in London in December 2011. Kitty is currently working as Shipping Agent with Ascension Island Government. She has two adult sons.


Councillor Nicholas John
Councillor Nicholas John John
Nicky was born on St Helena. He came to Ascension in November 1991 where he was employed by Cable and Wireless as an HF Radio and Operations Watch Keeper. Since then Nicky has also fulfilled the roles of Telephone Switchboard and Telegraph Office Operator, Networks Technician (primarily in Satellite communications). He is currently Senior Technician for the European Space Agency Downrange Telemetry Station at North East Bay here on Ascension. He has provided support for the success of the station for more than fifty ESA Ariane5 and Soyuz and Vega launches. Nicky is an advanced PADI scuba diver and is very keen on deep sea fishing, football, and cricket. Nicky is married with two children. This is his first time as an Island Councillor.


From time to time the Island Council invites the public to express their views on proposed legislation. Please be assured that submissions made through the website will be received by Councillors anonymously. You can contact the Councillors by clicking on their pictures or by using the contact form at the bottom of this page. This form can also be used to contact Councillors with your views or comments on any other issues as appropriate.




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