His Honour the Administrator is appointed by the Governor to represent them on Ascension and conduct business on their behalf. They are the head of the Ascension Island Government and an ex-officio member of the Island Council. The role has existed since 1964 when the first UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) official was appointed to the position.
The Administrator is at the same time Her Majesty’s Representative, the Governor’s Representative and the UK Government’s Senior Representative on Ascension Island. They are the head of the Ascension Island Government and chairperson, in the Governor's absence, of the Ascension Island Council.
As head of the Ascension Island Government the Administrator is responsible for ensuring good governance of the territory for the general public and the major ‘users’ of Ascension Island. These are the US Air Force, the UK Ministry of Defence, the Composite Signals Organisation, the BBC and Sure South Atlantic.
The Administrator of Ascension Island is His Honour Steven Chandler. Steven was sworn in as the 24th Administrator of Ascension Island on 13 March 2019.
In a varied career his most recent overseas assignments have included short-term postings as Deputy Head of Mission in British Embassies in Poland (2011), Thailand (2012) and Tunisia (2017), and as the Acting British High Commissioner in Fiji (2013).
His most recent home assignments were as Deputy Head of the FCO’s Crisis Management Department (2007-10), Deputy Head of the Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre (a Joint FCO/MoD/BEIS Unit) (2014-2017) and Head of the British Indian Ocean Territory Judicial Review Team in the FCO’s Overseas Territories Directorate (2018).