Monday, January 30th 2012 - 15:35 UTC

Keith Padgett interim Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands

Last Friday it was announced that Keith Padgett, Financial Director for the Falkland Islands Government, has been appointed interim Chief Executive of the Islands until a replacement is appointed for outgoing CE, Tim Thorogood.

Keith has served as Financial Director since 2008

Keith Padgett is a well-known figure in the Islands, having been in the Islands since 2001 when he was appointed as Deputy Financial Secretary and has served as Financial Director since 2008. He has held the position of Acting CE once previously and he makes no secret that he is one of the applicants for the substantive post. Should he be selected he will the first locally recruited Chief Executive to the Islands.

In most situations filling an interim post is an opportunity for the incumbent to demonstrate the appropriate skills without the pressure of forging new developments or strategies. Having already demonstrated his abilities, however, and with his eye on the main chance, Padgett has different priorities. Most immediately he would like to push forward the Economic Development and Tourism strategies that have been 4 years in the making and represent long-term strategic approaches to economic development in the Islands. Additionally he has expressed his wish to remove some of the bureaucratic obstacles that seem to have mushroomed in recent years hindering progress and strategic thinking. For many in the Islands, this will be a welcome relief.

The post of Chief Executive to the Falklands Islands Government is a notoriously stressful one. Being responsible for the entire civil service and principle strategists for the development in the Islands requires tough decision-making skills combined with sensitivity to the Islands way-of-life, the ability to listen and acute political skills.

As in many small democracies, decision-making in the Falklands has an immediate and visible effect, which can lead to often contradictory vocal criticism and opinion from all sectors of the country. Padgett is well aware of the challenges of the post, the benefits and the drawbacks, but it could well be that his knowledge and familiarity in the Islands could be a bonus that previous CE’s have not benefited from

The current CE, Tim Thorogood, is due to leave the Islands on the 10th February.

By Janet Robertson – SeAledPR - Stanley

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1 MistyThink (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 04:14 pm Report abuse
They say :

Keith Pagget interim Chieh Executive.......

I say :

We are also committed to enhancing cooperating and addresing the ongoing and emerging issues in ways which will enhance opportunities for all ,be centred on human development while preserving and protecting the life support system of our common targets,on shared planet....!..............
2 Be serious (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 05:41 pm Report abuse
Sounds great but for Argentinians it's a case of “them and us”.
Islanders held out hand of friendship and real progress was being made until the creepy Kirchners came along.
Goodbye Argentoon you're leaders are a bunch of jokers.
Hey how about :-
“The Kirchner Family”
Could be a good new TV comedy series.
3 Billy Hayes (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 06:13 pm Report abuse
“appointed” in colonies.

“voted” in democracies.
4 Viva Las Falklands (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 06:49 pm Report abuse
Husband president, then wife president and then son president! Wow that sounds like a really good democracy.
5 dab14763 (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 08:17 pm Report abuse
Billy, the job is a Civil Service administrative position, not a government minister position. Those posts are appointed everywhere on the planet, including Argentina. And your government ministers are not elected either, they are appointed.
6 The Falklands are British (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 08:51 pm Report abuse
Billy Hayes

The interim post that Keith is filling is that of CE of the Falkland Islands civil service. It has nothing to do with running the country. That job is for the democratically elected politicians. The two duties (CE and elected member) are separate. The CE reports to the elected members. Like the CE of any organisation, it is a job that anyone can apply for. The successful candidate goes through a recruitment process like anyone and the decision is made internally (in the Falklands).

Your post intimates that the leader of the Falkland Islands is appointed (you probably assume by the UK) but this simply is not true.

Sorry to spoil your story.
7 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 09:08 pm Report abuse
Keith wrote in his site:
“We had enormous difficulty finding information about the Islands before we came to live here”
Interesting, now he was voted( appointed) as a Chief Executive of this 19th century British colony in Southern Argentina.
8 briton (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 09:16 pm Report abuse
British colony in Southern Argentina
where ?
9 The Falklands are British (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 09:20 pm Report abuse
Marcos Alejandro

What's your point? He is filling an employment post in the civil service. Is that hard for you to understand? Do senior civil service posts in Argentina get filled by cronies as favours from corrupt politicians? Is that what's making it hard for you to get?

The post Keith is filling is not one of any sort of governor or political leader.
10 stick up your junta (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 09:24 pm Report abuse
British colony in Southern Argentina

Geography not a argie strong point

Isla Martín García is an Argentine island off the Río de la Plata coast of Uruguay. The Argentine exclave island is within the boundaries of Uruguayan waters
11 M_of_FI (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 09:51 pm Report abuse
Appointing a civil servant isn't such a hard concept to understand, so why do Argentines seem to struggle the common world-wide concept...? Well either they are dim or they love to twist anything they can to support their own illogical, irrelevant, irresponsible, illegitimate colonial claim over the Falklands. I see Argentina appointed a (powerless) Governor for the Falklands....the Falklands didnt elect that by their shallow and idiotic interpretations that is proof of their colonial ambitions regarding the South West Atlantic islands.
12 The Falklands are British (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 10:14 pm Report abuse

I think you've summed it up pretty well.
13 briton (#) Jan 30th, 2012 - 10:28 pm Report abuse
A governor has been appointed, whether you like it or not,
Im in charge of the Malvinas, if I can find it or not

Its cold out here in a rowing boat made for two
Ive been here two days, and want to go to the loo
Its windy and raining, the waves are very high
I keep wishing the royal navy would go by,

The navy arrives; they say who you are,
I am the governor and I need the loo
Im looking for Malvinas do you know where it be,
Second on your left mate , and don’t smile at me,
Ok ??

14 Kiwisarg (#) Jan 31st, 2012 - 07:52 am Report abuse
8 briton
You are really donky, mate!! you are drink to much, It is not good for you!! please take care,man!!It is some friendly advice for you !!have to think or seek help outside!!!my friend!!
15 lsolde (#) Jan 31st, 2012 - 08:14 am Report abuse
briton is far, far saner than you, mate.
Most of your posts are ridiculous.
Still, good for a laugh l suppose.
You're an idiot, boy!
16 ChrisR (#) Jan 31st, 2012 - 02:27 pm Report abuse
14 Kiwisarse

With illiterate 'friends' like you we don't need any enemies. With your tag it ought really be enenema. Bet you don't get it MATE!!!!!!! :o)
17 briton (#) Jan 31st, 2012 - 03:05 pm Report abuse
the new ship is on its way,
And Kiwisarg don’t want to play,
He haw, he haw ,he haw , Kiwisarg is such a bore,
He insults from behind the door,

He shows his immaturity with jealousy,
For he know that they are beaten
Argentina will not get the islands
His insults will just get eaten,

He does not like poetry, in the form of written type
He just hides behind the sofa, spitting out his hype
Poor Kiwisarg, to see the brits happy
And celebrating, must really hurt you bad
So come back from NZ as you really do blog bad .
,,,oh to be envouse of the british,
18 jayD (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 05:20 pm Report abuse
Is this the guy from Bargain Hunt?
19 Karl101 (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 05:22 pm Report abuse
Kiwisarg -

If there is one thing Kwi's hate more than Ozzies it's Argentines so **** OFF BACK HOME to your beloved fascist country.

We don't want fascists here.
20 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2012 - 07:10 pm Report abuse
poor Kiwisarg
just like argentina, so many friends, so few to choose frem .
21 row82 (#) Feb 06th, 2012 - 12:42 am Report abuse
Argentines are not very bright, given the choice between fascism and democracy they have chosen fascism every time. Given the choice between American hegemony and being an independent nation, they have chosen America hegemony every time, characterised by its attendant secret police (NSA, CIA, Special Forces and other such gestapo trappings, including their own) and an attendant military or militant right government.

Given the choice between being diplomacy and child like spats of anger and lies, they choose child like spats of anger and lies.

Argentina has never recovered from being a wannabe be Axis power in the 1930's. Argentina's version of fascism (like that of Spain's) remained undefeated by WW2 Allied powers. It hadn't even had to fight a real civil war to maintain power, just murder 50,000-100,000 of its own unarmed political activists and we all know how easy that was for their brave and heroic military men, like their hero Commander Astiz.

It took the Falklands War to shake the Argentines into some semblance of reality. Remove their military government and see the Americans as something other than a benevolent uncle, rather more like a the uncle you kept your children away from, you know the one in the old mack who always had his hands in his pockets and a grimace on his lips.

But within a few short years a girl came alone, a wannabe Eva Peron and took them all the way back to year zero! And the Argentine people gave up their collective memory and switched back to servile child.

In the West it's very difficult to understand how the average Argentine thinks. We have to imagine how our own per-adolescent children think and we can then get into their mindset. Give them a box of toy soldiers & some flags to play with and they are as happy as pie, tell them that they can't own Tracey Island though and they will cry their eyes out.

At school, the teachers would always tell them “Tracey Island” was their's. Even though the reality was, it wasn't..

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