Board Members

Interim Board Members

Dr Paul Brickle, Director

Paul Brickle took up his appointment with SAERI in March 2012 marking its formation. Paul is an experienced marine ecologist with a great deal of South Atlantic expertise. Paul joins SAERI after 10 years working as a Fisheries Biologist and Marine Ecologist with the Falkland Islands Government Fisheries Department. Paul has a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He also has an MSc and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in fisheries biology and zoology respectively. His experience which includes fisheries biology, marine biology and ecology, stock assessment methods, oceanography and modern statistical methods. He has led numerous research programmes and managed the performance of other scientists. Paul is also a Reader at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen.


Nigel Haywood CVO, Governor of the Falkland Islands

Nigel Haywood took up his appointment as Governor of the Falkland Islands and Commissioner, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, in October 2010. Nigel joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983. After postings in Budapest, Johannesburg and Vienna, he served as Ambassador to Estonia 2003 -2007, and Consul-General, Basra, 2008 -2009. Nigel read English at New College, Oxford, where he subsequently gained an MPhil in Celtic and Germanic Philology. He is a member of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation and the British Ecological Society. In 2010 he completed an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation at Bournemouth University, with a dissertation on the habitat requirements of woodland butterflies. A keen angler, he served for several years as a Council member of the Anglers' Cooperative Association, which was set up to fight pollution in British rivers.


Keith Padgett CPFA, Chief Executive, Falkland Islands Government

Keith started in local government finance in 1978 and, following achievement of professional qualifications, remained in the public finance arena. He worked for a number of local authorities in the UK, of various political persuasions. His most recent appointment prior to moving to the Falkland Islands was Director of Finance and Resources with South Holland DC in Lincolnshire. Several voluntary roles previously undertaken including honorary treasurer/auditor. He was also parish councillor for local village in Lincolnshire. Keith appointed to the post of Financial Secretary, Falkland Islands Government in 2008 following 7 years as Deputy Financial Secretary and Treasurer.


Jamie Fotheringham, Head of Policy, Falkland Islands Government

Jamie has worked for the Falkland Islands Government since 2011. He moved to the Falklands from the UK where he has worked as a professional economist for the last 18 years. Jamie began his career in 1993 as an economist working in a specialist consultancy firm providing policy and practical advice to local and regional government agencies in Scotland, particularly focusing on approaches designed to foster and grow clusters of economic activity in rural areas. He later moved to London to further his career, working extensively with the English Regional Development Agencies and local authorities across the UK on a wide variety of economic development projects, including the establishment of a new University in Cornwall and the development of a new creative industries learning campus in Essex. Immediately prior to his appointment to the Falklands Islands Government he was a Senior Director of Adroit Economics Ltd where he led all of the firm’s evaluation and economic impact assessment work. Jamie holds an MSc in Business Economics from the University of Strathclyde. He also completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of Strathclyde.


Nick Rendell, Environmental Officer, Falkland Islands Government

Nick has a BA (Hons) in geography and politics from the University of Sheffield and a MA in Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management from the University of Manchester. Nick is the FIG Environmental Officer and his role is wide, encompassing the regulation of interactions with biodiversity in the Falkland Islands, ranging from scientific research permitting to acting as focal point for international multilateral environmental agreements. A key responsibility is pursuing the implementation of targets within the Falkland Islands Biodiversity Strategy (2008-18).


Dr Martin Collins, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Fisheries, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Originally from Liverpool, Martin first came to the Falklands as a fisheries observer in 1990, but left after a year to undertake a PhD investigating the ecology of squid around the Irish Coast. After completing his PhD Martin worked at Aberdeen University, researching deep-sea fish ecology and lecturing. In 2002, after seven years in Aberdeen, Martin moved to the British Antarctic Survey to work on the ecology of Southern Ocean nekton (fish and squid). In May 2009 Martin moved to the Falklands to take up a post as Director of Fisheries and Chief Executive for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.


Dr Alexander Arkhipkin, Senior Fisheries Scientists, Falkland Islands Government

Dr Alexander Arkhipkin is senior fisheries scientist with the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department based in Stanley, Falkland Islands, specializing in marine biology, ecology and fisheries. After his graduation from the Biological Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, he joined the Laboratory of Commercial Invertebrates of the Atlantic Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (AtlantNIRO) in Kaliningrad. During the next 16 years, he worked on biology, ecology and fisheries of cephalopods in the Northwest, tropical and Southwest Atlantic, as well as Northwest, tropical and South-east Pacific. In 1989, he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis ‘Age and growth of the squid of family Ommastrephidae’ in the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow. In 1995, he worked as Visiting Professor in Istituto di Tecnologia della Pesca e del Pescato (ITPP), Mazara del Vallo, Italy on a project on population parameters and abundance of Mediterranean squid. Since 1998, he is working in the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department as Head of Scientific Section, leading scientific work and providing advice on the management of commercial cephalopod and fish stocks around the Falkland Islands.