David was born in York in 1939. Since he retired from the Diplomatic Service in 1999 he has lived in Herefordshire with his wife Valerie. They have three sons.
Educated at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate and Wadham College, Oxford he took a BA in modern history. He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1960 and spent much of his career in the Middle East, serving as Ambassador to Yemen and to the Lebanon. He was Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia from 1992 to 1995.
On retirement David helped to found the South Georgia Association and has chaired the Shackleton Scholarship Fund. He has held several posts in the Falkland Islands Association. The author of various articles on Falklands history, in 2008 he edited and published the Dictionary of Falklands Biography. David is currently editing the website of the Dictionary.
Donald was the founding Chairman of FIMA Friends, serving from 2013 to 2019. He is now Chairman of the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, which organised and funded the Expedition that located and surveyed the wreck of Endurance in the Weddell Sea in March 2022.
Donald served in HM Diplomatic Service from 1974 to 2006. After postings to Vienna and Moscow, he returned to the FCO in late 1982, spending three years in Falkland Islands Department. He was then appointed Political Adviser to the British Commandant n Berlin through the fall of the Wall in 1989. After three years as HM Ambassador to Uruguay (1991-94), followed by time in London and Bosnia, Donald served as Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands from 1999 to 2002. After a final posting as HM Ambassador to Venezuela and a period as Chief Executive of Wilton Park, Donald has been involved in his retirement with a number of charities.
Honorary Treasurer and Trustee
Richard is a retired chartered accountant with a strong interest in both maritime and Falkland history. He recently completed a Masters in Marine History at Newcastle University, having attained a first degree in History at York when young.
Richard has been lucky to visit the Falklands many times in the course of his work, which gave him the chance to visit the Museum and to study the various hulks around Stanley harbour.
He edits the newsletter of the Naval Dockyards Society and has had books published inter alia on Cairnryan Military Port and on the battleship HMS Warspite. He won the JJ Colledge prize for best naval essay of 2022 with a study of the UK government's purchase of the Graf Spee wreck in 1940.
Always interested in heritage matters, Richard is, for example, a past trustee of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust. He lives in Saltwood on the Kent coast.
Honorary Secretary and Trustee
Hugh graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge and retired from Project Management in the electronic industry in 2002. He and his wife Mary live in Camberley, Surrey.
He was the Chairman of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group for seven years from 2006. He has developed his philatelic interests, particularly postal history of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, successfully exhibiting internationally. Hugh is a fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society. His first visit to the Falklands was in 2003. Further visits followed, enabling Hugh to visit most settlements and many of the islands. In recent years he has spent austral summers at Fox Bay.
He contributes to the Falkland Islands Journal and publishes in many philatelic journals mainly on Falkland subjects. For the Stephen Jaffray Memorial Fund, he has used his philatelic skills to convert donated used FI postage stamps into useful funds.
In 2014, he volunteered to help with the relocation of the Museum to its current Historic Dockyard location and worked (2015 - 2019) with fellow trustee Stefan Heijtz, restoring the Old Post Office at Fox Bay and the establishment of the co-located Postal Museum.
Membership Secretary and Trustee
Falkland Islands born and bred, Derek can trace his fifth generation Falklands heritage back to several pioneering families. After 32 years of public service with the Falkland Islands Government, Derek retired in 2008 from the position of Financial Secretary which he had held for the final 17 years of his career. Derek now lives in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. He maintains a keen interest in all matters relating to the Falklands and in particular its history.
Originating in the Peak District of Derbyshire his banking career saw him become a consultant on electronic clearings, and took him to Kyrgyzstan and Saudi Arabia. Interest in the Falkland islands started in the early 1970s through philately, and was for 17 years editor of the specialist Falkland stamp group’s journal. Former Treasurer of Falklands Conservation, FIMA Friends, and Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust. In fact over the years Bill has probably clocked up a cumulative 100 years of charity treasurerships. Still closely involved with these and other charities. Inveterate collector who has made large donations of ephemera and printed material to the FI Museum, amongst more than 20 museums worldwide. When not adding things up or collecting them,he finds time for writing, male voice choir singing, canal boating, and walking in the Pyrenees. Married to Elizabeth for over 40 years they have one son, Richard a civil engineer, who shares many of his Father’s interests.
Vice-Chairman and Trustee
Stefan is a professional philatelist and an internationally recognised specialist in the philately of the Falkland Islands. He is the author, publisher and editor of the only specialised catalogue of the area "The Specialised Stamp Catalogue of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies".
Stefan started to collect stamps at the age of four, and he eventually created a collection that was recognised as the best postal history collection of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies ever formed.
Stefan first visited the Falklands in 1989. This led to his position as Postal Officer and Postmaster of the British Antarctic Territory for two seasons (1991-92 and 1992-93). He was based both at the Falklands Post Office and on board the ships, RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Bransfield.
In 2002 he was Deputy Swedish Postmaster on Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, when the first ever Swedish Post Office in the Antarctic was opened.
Stefan was the creator of and main donor to the Falkland Islands National Stamp Collection, a complete collection of all Falkland Islands stamps up to 1999, which was donated to the Falklands Museum.
In 2011 he suggested the formation of the Friends of the Falkland Islands Museum and Archives. He went on to help move the museum collections to their new home in the Historic Dockyard.
Stefan bought the Old Post Office House at Fox Bay in 2014. It has been totally restored and the section which was once the post office has been converted into the Post Office Museum of the Falkland Islands.
Committee Member and Trustee
Alexandra is the granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton. She has been President of the James Caird Society (effectively the Ernest Shackleton Society) since 1994. She is also a Patron of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
Alexandra has visited the Falkland Islands on nine occasions and Antarctica five times. As well as giving talks about Sir Ernest Shackleton (in 16 countries so far with more planned) she has been the Patron of a number of Polar Exhibitions.
Alexandra has opened many exhibitions, written many forewords to books about her famous grandfather and has been interviewed often. Alexandra considers all of this activity important if the story of Shackleton and his men is to be kept alive and inspirational to new generations.
Committee Member and Trustee
Jim first went to the Falklands in 1976 as Pasture Agronomist with a small agricultural research team, the Grasslands Trials Unit. He spent three years there and subsequently had a history of involvement in agricultural and environmental research in the Islands as consultant to the Falkland Islands Trust from 1983-2023.
He is an Honorary Professor in the University of Magallanes, Chile, and Queen’s University Belfast. He has edited the Falkland Islands Journal for 32 years and is on the editorial committee of the Anales del Instituto de la Patagonia. He has published many scientific papers and historical articles on the Falklands and sits on Academic Awards Committee of the Shackleton Scholarship Fund.
Jim is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours in 2014 for services to research and agriculture in the Falkland Islands.
Committee Member and Trustee
Mensun's first job was wool boy at Dunnose Head. He was a Schepp Foundation scholar 1972-76 and a research assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. He received a Commonwealth Scholarship to Oxford and founded first academic unit in England for maritime archaeology.
He was Triton Fellow in Maritime Archaeology at St Peter’s College, Oxford and directed numerous wreck excavations including the Giglio ship now on display at the National Underwater Archaeology Museum, Italy. He also directed the rescue of the Hoi An junk in the South China Sea, the largest and deepest underwater excavation there has been and the only time mixed-gas and saturation diving methods have been used in underwater archaeology.
Mensun pioneered the use of remote operated vehicle (ROV) technology in archaeology. There are permanent exhibitions of material excavated by Bound in over twelve museums. He organised major exhibitions at the Tower of London and National Archaeological Museum, Florence.
His work has been the focus of many documentaries including a four-part series ‘Lost Ships’ by the Discovery Channel. He is the author or editor of several books and organiser of four international conferences on underwater archaeology. Currently Mensun is Director of Exploration for the deep-ocean search and survey company Ocean Infinity. Recent work includes the successful searches for Shackleton’s Endurance and Admiral von Spee’s lost fleet from the 1914 Battle of Falklands.
Committee Member and Trustee
Graham was born in the Falklands. He founded the islands' only newspaper, Penguin News, has written several books about the Islands and was an early tour organiser and guide for groups visiting the islands. He managed the Falkland Islands Tourist Board and set up a signposted maritime history trail around Stanley Harbour. After moving to the UK, he was Deputy FI Government Representative. Later, he worked for BBC World Service and for defence publications. He joined the Ministry of Defence as a senior communications officer. in retirement, Graham is keen potter.