Martin started his career with the Royal Air Force, serving for 12 years - including five years in Northern Germany and a short but memorable time at Lookout Camp in the Falkland Islands in the mid-1980s. Prior to his arrival in the Falkland Islands in October 2013, Martin worked as Programme Manager for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, developing the area’s Local Strategic Partnership and working with colleagues to deliver quality of life improvements for people living in the area. Martin was appointed interim FIDC General Manager in December 2013 and became the substantive post holder in July 2014. With the introduction of the Corporation’s new Ordinance on 1st July 2015, he became the Managing Director and reports directly to the Chair of the FIDC Board.
Having been in the Islands for nearly five years, Martin considers himself very fortunate to have seen a good deal of the Falklands and has been able to visit settlements on both East and West Falkland and a number of the outer Islands. Considering this his home, Martin has applied for permanent residence in the Falkland Islands.
Michael studied Business & Management at undergraduate level before obtaining an MBA from Warwick University and an MSc in Public Policy & Administration from the London School of Economics.
He has worked in the public sector as an Economist; Policy Advisor and Hospital Manager. His private sector experience covers work across the telecoms, banking and fishing sectors. He also spent four years as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly here in the Falkland Islands.
He is passionate about sustainable economic development in the Falklands and wishes to see the local business sector continue to grow and make the most of the range of opportunities arising over the coming decade. He also recognises the need to balance development with social and environmental issues.
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.
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 Officer
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.
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.
Ismael Cruz Aravena
Ismael was born in Chile. He completed his degree in Brazil in Foreign Trade and has two post-graduate qualifications in Strategic Management and Logistics. Previously he worked within the textile industry in Brazil, developing products for export to the American market, and in aviation as a technician in both Chile and Brazil. During this period he has continued to improve his language skills learning Portuguese, German and English.
He moved to the Falkland Islands with his wife in 2018 and he hopes to contribute to the community with his knowledge and skills.
Having worked in different professional areas and regions of South America he has gained experience across a variety of fields. He highlights his love for his family and his spiritual life as extremely important. Finally, Ismael plays violin, guitar and harmonica in his spare time.