St Helena to get its airport!

At last the waiting is over and the island’s isolation is coming to an end for our long term client St Helena. Today’s announcement by the International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell MP that an Airport is to be built on the Island is great news. We’ve worked closely with the St Helena Government since 2009 on a range of communications tasks and programmes. A member of our team visited the island last year and we’ve all developed a tremendous bond and affection for this little known UK Territory, whose only access until now has been via a cargo/ passenger ship, the RMS St Helena. Read the full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15578596

The months ahead signal a new dawn for St Helena. We’ll be working closely with the tourist board to help them raise the profile of the island, enhance the tourism experience and gear up for the new levels of tourism.

We’re also delighted that the St Helena Government has acknowledged the contribution that we have made to it gaining an airport. A contribution that its former Governor, Andrew Gurr kindly recognised when he said, “Keene developed and implemented an integrated communications strategy which played a major part in effectively making the case to Government and Parliament for building an airport on St Helena”.

We send our good wishes to all the Saints on the Island and those scattered around the world and look forward to a continued working relationship.

Jake Rigg

Jake Rigg

Jake is the Managing Director at Keene Communications, specialising in government relations activities on financial services, tax and competition in the UK and the EU. He also specialises in planning and stakeholder engagement.

He was formerly Head of Policy at the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). With degrees in history and economics from the Universities of Oxford and London, Jake is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a trustee of the European Association of Philanthropy and Giving and advises several governments on public policy. He also advises clients on CSR and philanthropy activities.
Jake Rigg

About the Author

Jake is the Managing Director at Keene Communications, specialising in government relations activities on financial services, tax and competition in the UK and the EU. He also specialises in planning and stakeholder engagement. He was formerly Head of Policy at the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). With degrees in history and economics from the Universities of Oxford and London, Jake is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a trustee of the European Association of Philanthropy and Giving and advises several governments on public policy. He also advises clients on CSR and philanthropy activities.