The Falkland Islands Development Corporation announces new appointments, strengthening its commitment to the Island’s wool sector, and the development of private commercial enterprises.

FIDC is delighted to report a dynamic start to 2018 with the appointment of a Director of Wool Innovation, to start in this newly-created post towards the end of February, plus the successful local recruitment of an additional Development Officer, joining the team from the beginning of next month.

The wool appointment stems from FIDC’s Innovation Programme, and the well-received ‘value-adding’ consultant’s recommendations, together with the establishment of the Falkland Islands Wool Innovation Group. The new post holder will be working to the direction of the Development Corporation and under the guidance and wise counsel of the Wool Innovation Group – made up of key stakeholders in this vital economic sector. In a two-year timescale, the Director of Wool Innovation will work with and for this industry to increase the financial returns to growers, secure international recognition for the new preparation, classing and description standards for the Island’s wool, and to enable access to the best international ‘science and extension’ knowledge for the growers.

Martin Slater, FIDC Managing Director comments;

With this post, we will gain the full-time expertise of a highly experienced and internationally credible individual, working to bring innovation and resilience to our industry. Embedding all the value-adding recommendations from the Blake + Associates report from 2017 – for example in setting up an AWEX-type price index - will help ensure we are able to gain the best long-term rewards in a competitive and often volatile market”.

Further details on the programme and the new Wool Innovation Director will be available later.

Meanwhile, the Corporation is to be joined by an additional and locally-recruited Development Officer.

Anne Wagner Gras, FIDC Development Manager says;

We are delighted that our search for a new team member has been successful. With consultation on the new RDS priorities ongoing, the next phase of the Innovation Programme scheduled, and a host of local entrepreneurs wishing to start, grow and secure their enterprises through advice, training and access to finance, we look forward to a busy and productive year”.

The Corporation will continue strengthening its capacity in the early part of 2018 as it makes further appointments. FIDC is now in the process of finding a new Development Assistant, to back up the team’s work whilst learning and growing into another key role for the Islands economic development.


 

About the FIDC

FIDC acts as the national economic development agency for the Falkland Islands and is tasked to develop the commercial sector of the Falkland Islands by being one of the principal partners delivering the Economic, Rural and Tourism Development Strategies.

To help drive sustainable economic growth and assist in the creation of new jobs and opportunities, FIDC provides various forms of support and assistance to the Falkland’s business community.