The Administrator


The Administrator of Ascension Island is His Honour Steven Chandler. Steven was sworn in as the 24th Administrator of Ascension Island on 13 March 2019. As Administrator, he is at the same time Her Majesty’s Representative, the Governor’s Representative and the UK Government’s Senior Representative on Ascension Island. The Administrator is also the Head of the Ascension Island Government and Chairperson (in the Governor’s absence) of the Ascension Island Council. The Administrator is responsible for providing the governance platform for the major ‘users’ of Ascension Island. These are the US Air Force, UK Ministry of Defence, CSO, BBC and Sure South Atlantic.

In a varied career his most recent overseas assignments have included short-term postings as Deputy Head of Mission in British Embassies in Poland (2011), Thailand (2012) and Tunisia (2017), and as the Acting British High Commissioner in Fiji (2013).

His most recent home assignments were as Deputy Head of the FCO’s Crisis Management Department (2007-10), Deputy Head of the Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre (a Joint FCO/MoD/BEIS Unit) (2014-2017) and Head of the British Indian Ocean Territory Judicial Review Team in the FCO’s Overseas Territories Directorate (2018).