David Tatham

President

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 1992-1995.


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.

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Donald Lamont

Vice President

Donald graduated in Russian Studies from Aberdeen University. After four years in the British motor industry (British Leyland) 1970-74, he joined Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, serving from 1974 to 2006. He had postings in Austria, the Soviet Union, Berlin (through the Fall of the Wall), and on secondment to the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia & Herzegovina. His first Head of Mission appointment was as Ambassador to Uruguay (1991-94).


In 1999 Donald was appointed Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, serving until 2002. He subsequently served three years (2003-2006) in Caracas as Ambassador to Venezuela. After retirement he was appointed Chief Executive of Wilton Park (2007-2009).


In retirement Donald became a Trustee and latterly Chairman of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, and was a Founding Board Member of “Sistema Scotland” (applying in Scotland the Venezuelan scheme for achieving social change by teaching classical orchestral music to children from deprived areas). Other charitable activities included being a Trustee of “Enable Me” (a disability awareness charity based in Sussex), a Member of the British Venezuelan Society and Chairman of the British Uruguayan Society.


In 2012 he  was invited to join a group of Falklands devotees who had begun to plan the establishment of an association that became the Friends of the Falkland Islands Museum and the Jane Cameron National Archives. He became the first Chairman of the charity (standing down in 2019) and subsequently helped set up the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, which he also chairs.

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Bill Featherstone

Honourary Treasurer and Trustee

Bill was born in the Peak District of Derbyshire. He was a Londoner for 40 years but now lives in Northamptonshire with his wife Elizabeth and son Richard, who is a civil engineer,


Bill was a banker for 30 years  but retired at 50 as an internal consultant on electronic clearing systems. This experience  led to consultancies in Kyrgyzstan and Saudi Arabia. 


His  interest in the Falklands dates from 1972. He was  Treasurer of Falklands Conservation for 10 years and is  Treasurer of  the Falkland Maritime Heritage Trust. He  is the Editor of the Upland Goose, the journal of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study group,  and a regular contributor to the Falkland Islands Journal and the Dictionary of Falklands Biography. Bill has personally donated  many small items to the Stanley Museum.


He is a trustee of several charities, is a singer in a male voice choir, the author of books on local and church history, and a writer of articles and reviewer of books on local and military history, railways and canals. In his  spare time he may be found on a narrow boat  or  walking in the Pyrenees.


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Hugh Osborne

Honourary 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. 

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Stefan Heijtz

Committee Member 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.

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Alexandra Shackleton

Committee Member and Trustee

Alexandra – who is better known as Zaz – is the granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton. She is 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.

Zaz has visited the Falkland Islands nine times 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 expeditions.


Zaz has opened many exhibitions, written many forewords to books about her famous grandfather and has been interviewed often. Zaz considers all of this activity important if the story of Shackleton and his men is to be kept alive and inspirational to new generations.

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Jim McAdam

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 UK Falkland Islands Trust. 


He is an Honorary Professor in the University of Magallanes, Chile, and Queen’s University Belfast. He has edited the Falkland Islands Journal for 28 years and is on the editorial committee of the Anales del Instituto de la Patagonia. 


Jim is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies, chairman of the Agricultural History Society of Ireland and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. He sits on the Academic Awards Committee of the Shackleton Scholarship Fund and was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours in 2014 for services to research and agriculture in the Falkland Islands.

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Mensun Bound

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 search for Shackleton’s Endurance and Admiral von Spee’s lost fleet from the 1914 Battle of Falklands.

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Graham Bound

Committee Member and Trustee

Graham was born in the Falklands but now lives in West London. He founded and edited the islands' only newspaper, Penguin News, in 1979, and still writes for it.  He has written two books about the Islands. The first, Invasion 1982, tells the story of the Falklands War  from the viewpoint of Islanders. It was made into a TV film. As a sequel, he wrote Fortress Falklands about the Islands today.


He was an early local tour organiser and guide for groups visiting the islands and went on to manage the Falkland Islands Tourist Board from 1987 to 1992, developing tourism infrastructure.  After moving to the UK, where he was Deputy FI Government Representative for two years,  he worked for BBC World Service radio, presenting programmes, including Calling the Falklands and Outlook.


Graham went on to be a writer and Editor at Soldier Magazine, which meant accompanying the Army to trouble spots such as Iraq, the Balkans and Afghanistan. He moved to the Ministry of Defence in London, where he edited the tri-service magazine Defence Focus.


As a senior information officer,  he joined the Cross-Government Afghanistan Communications Team, working directly to Number 10 Downing Street. This included preparing and presenting the Prime Minister’s media briefing for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. His experience with Afghanistan led to another book, At the Going Down of the Sun: Love, Loss and Sacrifice.  Graham now works on other writing projects and spends as much time as possible in his ceramics studio.

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Derek Howatt

Committee Member and Trustee

Falkland Islands born and bred, Derek can trace his sixth generation Falklands heritage back to the pioneering Biggs, Kelway, Fell, Coutts, Smith and Howatt families.


After 32 years of public service with the Falkland Islands Government, Derek took early retirement in 2008 from the position of Financial Secretary which he had held for the final 17 years of his career. 


Derek is married to Sue and they have a son, George. Derek also has three daughters: Helen, Amanda and Tanya. Derek spends part of the year in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, and part of the year in Stanley. His interests include Falklands history, politics, travel, walking, accordion music and Scottish Country Dancing.

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