Friday, January 4th 2013 - 05:29 UTC

Former Director of three Departments awarded MBE ‘for services to Falklands’ interests’

The only Falkland Islander to figure in this year’s New Year’s Honours List was recently retired Director of Mineral Resources, Phyllis Mary Rendell, who was awarded an MBE for, “services to Falkland Islands interests.”

Phyl Rendell MBE was Director of Education, Mineral Resources and Agriculture

A pupil at Darwin Boarding School during her early school years, Mrs Rendell completed her education at boarding school in Derbyshire and Goldsmith's College, London. Born Phyllis Oliver, her father, Mr John Oliver, was recruited by the Falkland Islands Government to run a proposed model farm at what is now Brookfield and later became the FIC manager at North Arm.

After qualifying as a teacher in England, Mrs Rendell returned to the Falklands to work in Stanley schools in the early seventies, also helping out at Darwin Boarding School for a brief period. Having met and married Mike Rendell, who was a member of Naval Party 8901, the Royal Marine detachment at Moody Brook, Mrs Rendell left the Islands with him to teach in the UK and the Middle East.

Very soon after the liberation of the Islands from Argentine occupation in 1982, the Rendells returned to the Islands where Phyllis resumed her career in the government service, first as a teacher, then in 1984 as Director of the Camp Education Department and finally, a few years later in 1988, becoming Director of Education.

It was while still Director of Education that Mrs Rendell began to be involved with oil exploration. The first time was in 1995 as a representative from the Islands in meetings held in Buenos Aires between the Argentine and British governments to discuss procedures for the establishment of a joint area for hydrocarbon explorations, then later in London, in 1996, in meetings between FIG and oil industry representatives interested in exploration in Falklands waters.

Later that same year, having proved her abilities as a negotiator on the Islands’ behalf and with her interest in oil exploration whetted, when the need for a Director of Oil arose, Mrs Rendell rose to the challenge. She continued in that position, later renamed Director of Mineral Resources and including five years when she was also Director of Agriculture, until retirement last year. In this capacity she has gained the respect of the oil industry and ably overseen the first stages of the development of what seems set to become a major revenue source for the Falklands.

Speaking to Penguin News about the award, Mrs Rendell said that it was unexpected and, “a nice end to the year.” While she was personally very proud to have received such an honour and wished particularly to thank those who had proposed her, she believed that it was also, “good for the public service.” During thirty-two years working for the Falkland Islands Government, including being head of three different departments, she had worked with, “a fantastic team of people,” who also deserved credit for the significant changes achieved.

Despite retiring from government service, Mrs Rendell has not given up the service to this community for which she has been so justly rewarded. A long serving Justice of the Peace, she was recently appointed to the new role of Complaints Commissioner. (PN)

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1 reality check (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 07:18 am Report abuse
Congratulations, very well deserved!
2 falklandlad (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 09:11 am Report abuse
@ #1. Agreed a very well deserved recognition. Few have worked toiled more hard and determined to ensure the Falklands have a secure political and economic future from offshore oil, and hopefully gas. A sincere, multi-talented falkland lassie, whose skills base has permeated through to most levels of Falkland society and who is very capable of delivering much more to ensure the Falklands future socio-economic fabric is sustainably knitted and bound together.
3 reality check (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 09:49 am Report abuse
Agree and nice to see she has been justly rewarded.

Never ceases to amaze me, the quality of the people who serve the Islanders and who consistently demonstrate their commitment towards them and their future.
4 Pirate Love (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 12:48 pm Report abuse
Just rewards for what must be a very challenging job, well done!
5 FelipeSC (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 01:47 pm Report abuse
I always found Mercopress to be biased against leftist governments. I also always found unusual that Mercopress always shows news about the Falklands when most South American media provide almost no coverage of the islands for the obvious reasons that they are not that relevant for the region (except symbolically). But now I get it (and you just need to check the sponsored ads on Mercopress to tell this): Mercopress is funded by Falklands business and organizations.
6 Raven (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 02:11 pm Report abuse
You will find FelipeSC that a leftist government can only afford the occasional advert in the free press, which is why most Argentine press is government controlled.
7 Shed-time (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 02:20 pm Report abuse
Firstly, well done Phyllis. No doubt well deserved.

Secondly, @5 Peronism isn't leftist. Peronism is supposedly the 'third way', like Blairism, and involves three major components: 1) leftist speech, in order to get popular support from the peons who you need to vote you into office, and you tell them anything they want to hear because you typically cannot get sued for misrepresentation. 2) Right-wing actions, because you need this in order to keep people in line when they find out that you're not really delivering anything vaguely socialist; 3) Corporatism, you have to be in the pockets of the companies who provide you with the money you need as an individual.

Only uneducated morons vote for populist third way governments (Front for Fail, New Labour), and suggesting that Mercopress was biased against leftist governments would be completely incorrect.
8 FelipeSC (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 09:11 pm Report abuse
Another example of the pro-Falklands anti-left bias of Mercopress is houw the agency calls itself: “a South Atlantic News Agency”. It is in fact about South America but does not call itself South Ameerican; it calls itself South Atlantic but barely says anything about the South Atlantic coast of Africa. This should be called “Falkpress”.
9 reality check (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 09:14 pm Report abuse
Who is forcing you to post here then. Do what you people do best, boycott it!!!
10 Shed-time (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 09:37 pm Report abuse
@8 The South Atlantic doesn't mean America or Africa... it's the blue space in the middle with lots of nice peaceful islands in it.
11 reality check (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 09:40 pm Report abuse
Including the Falkland Islands.
12 Zethee (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 09:49 pm Report abuse
FelipeSC : What a tinfoil hat conclusion, And a dumb one at that. Like the government cares enough about the thirty or so people who post on this website.

But yes you are absolutely correct about them mostly posting about the Falklands. And there is a rather simple explanation that does not require you to be an idiot or insane to work out.

Mercopress are a business, Built on advertising via this very website. 99.9% of people who post here do so purely because of the falklands. Check the Spanish. version of this site: It's dead

This website serves entirely to provide a place for people to argue about the falklands situation. They know there customers and post mostly post stories people on here will reply to. This in turn gives them revenue via advertising.

Simple economics.
13 ProRG_American (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 10:17 pm
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14 reality check (#) Jan 04th, 2013 - 10:29 pm Report abuse
We Brits like and respect the Chileans, also the Yanks, well, most of em anyways pardner!!!!
15 ajoknoblauch (#) Jan 05th, 2013 - 04:16 am Report abuse
@7 Peronism is about one thing, and one thing only: perpetuating itself in power.

Meanwhile, congratulations to Phyl Rendell, a truly charming, hard-working and talented woman.
16 TipsyThink (#) Jan 05th, 2013 - 09:58 am Report abuse
Mercopress porposely publish my aunt picture at sóme articles liké this one.
17 reality check (#) Jan 05th, 2013 - 11:29 am Report abuse
You have a pretty aunt then!
18 TipsyThink (#) Jan 06th, 2013 - 11:18 am Report abuse
pretty dictator. !
19 reality check (#) Jan 06th, 2013 - 01:13 pm Report abuse
Your aunt! now that's not nice, what would your uncle say!!!!!
20 ajoknoblauch (#) Jan 07th, 2013 - 08:19 pm Report abuse
I have met both Mrs. Rendell and Ms. Fernández de Kirchner, and find the former far more agreeable.

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