The Chamber Of Commerce
A brief history
The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce evolved to promote and represent the interests of the private sector in the Falkland Islands and overseas.
The role of the Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce is to provide local business with a collective voice particularly when dealing with local Government or quasi-Government bodies.
The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce has a well established relationship with the Falkland Islands Development Corporation and the Falkland Islands Government. The Chamber of Commerce is kept up to date with current issues by way of briefing, receipt of minutes and notification of meetings. The Chamber of Commerce acts as a conscience for Governmental departments expressing alternative views and opinions which would otherwise not be heard.
As a member we would like to know what you think on all issues which affect your business. We want you to have a voice.
Whether you have an established business or newly started enterprise in the Falklands or are seeking to do business here, let us assist you in meeting the right people and obtaining the information you need to develop your business into the future.
Your membership entitles you to services such as:
- Subscription to the Chamber Bulletin.
- Free advertising in the Chamber Bulletin.
- Proactive involvement for the private sector both here in the Islands and overseas.
- Lobbying FIG where required representing the Business community.
- Free advertising on the Chamber Website.
- Concessionary conference room hire rates.
- Meetings with overseas visitors and dignitaries .
- Chamber member social events throughout the year.
- Meetings with FIG and Legislative Councillors.
- Keeping your business informed on current issues.
- The Chamber can ask questions of FIG and other companies about matters which concern you and your business with complete anonymity guaranteed.
- Chamber of Commerce representatives sit on various FIG committees to represent your interests.
- A say in how the Chamber is run through our annual election of Officers.
Chamber Council Members
Roger Spink - President
Roger Spink is the President of the Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce and is the General Manager and Director of The Falkland Islands Company Ltd.
The Falkland Islands Company Ltd are involved in a diverse range of activities including retailing, insurance, Land Rover dealers, property development, tourism, oil support services, shipping, tourism and hold a substantial shareholding in Falkland Oil and Gas plc.
Roger has a keen interest in the wildlife of the Falklands, and is a trustee of Falkland Conservation a charitable organisation formed to protect the wildlife and the natural environment of the Falkland Islands.
He is also trustee of the Falklands YMCA.
Hamish Wylie - Vice President
Hamish has been General Manager of Seafish (Falklands) Ltd since 1999 having previously spent 10 yrs in the construction industry, Seafish are involved in all the major fisheries as well as owning a supermarket, general store, and commercial property leasing.
Hamish is currently on the board of the Development Corporation and has sat in various positions on the Chamber council since 1995.
Cheryl Roberts is Managing Director of Beauchene Fishing Co Ltd. The company are ITQ holders in the Falklands Fishery and fish for loligo and finfish through JV companies with F/V's Baffin Bay and Igueldo. The company owns a small work launch B-Mar which operates for their own fishing vessel agency as well as excursions for tourists which include, but not limited to, whale watching trips.
Beauchene Fishing is involved in a recruitment company Falkland Island Oil Services under JV with Rust Resources Ltd.
The company Beauchene Fishing is also involved in property rentals.
Cheryl is the Chair of Falklands Islands Fishing Co Association (FIFCA), Chair of Media Trust, and Director with Consolidated Fisheries Ltd as well being Treasurer for the Chamber of commerce.
Drew is Financial Director of Argos Resources Limited and a Director of Argos Group Limited. He is Chairman of the Falkland Islands Pensions Scheme and a member of the board of the Falkland Islands Fishing Companies Association.
John joined Falkland Islands Meat Co (FIMCo) in 2002, soon after the new plant was commissioned by the EU, with a background in farming, logistics and shipping. John took over as GM as well as joining the Board of Directors in 2005.
FIMCo is critical to the development the fledgling meat export industry in the Falklands, and necessarily has interests in Immigration, employment, shipping and logistics among others.
Dr Andrea Clausen Managing Director Falkland Islands Tours & Travel Ltd.
Andrea is the MD of Falkland Islands Tours & Travel Ltd, a small but unique local transport and logistics company, specialising in the movement of people and cargo. Andrea purchased FITT Ltd in 2010 and has expanded the main scope of business into oilfield personnel logistics in recent years.
Andrea is also Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, a Director of the Falkland Island Tourist Board and a Trustee of the Stephen Jaffray Memorial Trust, The Community Trust and Messy Church.
Pippa Christie, Commercial Advisor, Premier Oil Exploration and Production Ltd.
Pippa is a Commercial Advisor for Premier Oil based in their Stanley Office.
Prior to this Pippa ran her own consultancy business having worked for 10 years for the Falkland Islands Government in various roles in Public Policy, Major Projects and Mineral Resources.
Pippa is also a school manager at the Infant and Junior School and a member of the Historic Buildings Committee.
Rodney Lee, Manager, Falkland Islands Wool Co Ltd
Rodney was in farming for 45years before selling the farm to his nephews and took over the management of the Falkland Islands Wool Company. This company was set up in 2007 to allow local wool producers to sell their greasy wool direct from the Falklands to markets all over the World. Traditionally this was done via Bradford in England.