Martin Slater was re-appointed as FIDC Managing Director in July 2020, after a year working with the NHS in the UK
In his first stint in the role – 2013 through to 2019 – he accomplished many of the changes from the 2013 Ordinance and subsequent corporate reorganisation that set up the FIDC we have today.
Just prior to leaving, he was key to establishing the ‘second’ new air link connecting the Falklands to Sao Paulo, Brazil via LATAM airlines.
Clearly, the Falklands are now firmly part of Martin’s personal and corporate life – he started his career with the Royal Air Force, serving for 12 years - including five years in Germany and a short but memorable time at Lookout Camp in the Falkland during the 1980s. After this, a career in strategic programme management in East England equipped him for leadership at FIDC.
Martin reports to the Chair of the FIDC Board
Strategic Projects Manager
The opportunity to utilise his first-class politics degree, plus a number of adult education and project management qualifications, and knowledge from over 30-years in enterprise development, attracted Gordon to bring his family to the Falkland Islands in 2016.
Working initially as an FIDC Business Development Officer, he has endeavoured to bring a down-to-earth approach to the needs of individual start-up and growth clients which has paid dividends, with many of these being nurtured to success.
Now, in the new strategy role, Gordon will strive for rigorous analysis and identification of needs for all sectors of the enterprise economy – and his management of the Corporation’s ‘public face’ will continue in publications, events and industry consultations.
Director of Wool Innovation
Greg Green arrived in Falklands accompanied by his family in September 2019 to take up the post of Director of Wool Innovation. He has worked in the textiles industry worldwide for most of his career - including setting up manufacturing facilities in Afghanistan. Greg is tasked with value adding to the national wool clip, working with the advice and support of the Wool Innovation Group.
Personal Assistant to the Managing Director
Susana Faria (Sue) is the Personal Assistant to the Managing Director at FIDC. She brings over 10 years administrative experience to the table with scheduling, correspondence, recruitment and minute taking.
Outside of work Sue spends the majority of her time with her family enjoying the Falklands outdoors, and is looking forward to the challenges of accompanying her husband Paul during his walks over the mountains and may even camp overnight again.
Business Development Manager
Louise returned to the Falklands in 2011, after studying and working in the UK. Her background is in education and management and she’s enjoyed a varied career so far. She has worked in the private sector in the UK and the Islands and in the public sector for the Falkland Islands Government, providing high-level support to the Corporate Management Team, where she developed her knowledge and understanding of economic development in the Islands and the
Economic and Rural Development Strategies.
Louise has provided additional capacity to the Business Development Team at FIDC and is particularly proud of her work with the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme.
Business Development Officer
Sian joined FIDC in March 2019 following a varied career within the private and public sectors, having gained experience and knowledge of the heritage, tourism and retail industries of the Falkland Islands. With a more strategic objective in mind she moved to the Falkland Islands Government, taking on the dynamic role as Coordinator of the Corporate Management Team. This allowed her the opportunity to develop a firm understanding of the key national strategic documents and, more recently, FIDC’s crucial role in delivering these. Sian already enjoys a diverse portfolio of clients and projects and is looking forward to working with the rest of the Business Development Team to continue supporting economic growth in the Islands.
Business Development Officer
Until coming to live in the Falkland Islands, Johns’ family home for thirty years was the Isle of Man. He’s a true entrepreneur, having spent his working life starting and building businesses from scratch into successful and substantial enterprises.
Originally from Yorkshire, at the age of 17 he started a well-known and respected outdoor clothing brand. In 1988 he sold the company to a PLC, later
Moving to the Isle of Man and founded the Isle of Man’s largest privately owned businesses. He also assisted the Manx Government with their small Start-Up Scheme and was a mentor with them for many years.
John lives in Stanley with his wife, Tracey. He has a passions for mountain biking and wildlife and will surely find opportunities where he can combine the two.
Kelly has worked at FIDC for over five years and in 2015 - confident she had set out on a clear career path –began studying for qualification as a Certified Accounting Technician (CAT). Now, with 50% of the exams passed, Kelly is heading for completion of the CAT qualification, and is already preparing to build on this – moving up to ACCA exams with the world’s most recognised accountancy body. This confidence is turning to ambition - with Kelly setting sights on the FIDC Financial Controller role for the future.
“Since January 2017, with the support of colleagues, I have taken on a lot more responsibility in the finance department. This has been key to developing my knowledge and experience and I am enjoying the challenges and rewards it brings”
Stacey joined FIDC in May 2018 and is providing office support to the FIDC staff and tenants at Shackleton House. She also brings a much-needed “front-of-house” reception to the Corporation’s visitors.
With a strong background in administration, Stacey looks forward to building on this in the new and diverse role. In her free time she enjoys travel around the Islands, and war films.
Kieran joined the FIDC team at the tail end of January 2019. Having started out in work with a successful local supermarket, Kieran soon developed a very keen interest in business, and he saw the opportunity within FIDC as a natural career progression.
Now settled into his new role as Development Assistant, Kieran looks forward to learning as much as he can from his colleagues, while developing new skills to advance him along in his two-year career development plan.
Outside of work, Kieran spends the majority of his time with his family, but finds the time to play Basketball and Hockey.