Victor Brownlees Victor worked in both the public and private sectors in the UK over almost 30 years. After initially training as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant with the National Audit Office and then with PwC in London, he held a number of senior roles in local government – for example, as Chief Executive of the former Armagh City & District Council in Northern Ireland (2001-2007), and Chief Executive of Telford & Wrekin Council in the West Midlands (2009-2011). For a number of years, he owned and managed his own consulting firm, working as advisor to a range of private sector companies supplying services to the public sector. From September 2014 to May 2017, Victor served as Chief Executive and Head of the Civil Service for the government of the island of Alderney – a Crown Dependency in the Channel Islands and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. In this role, he worked closely with the local environmental conservation charity – the Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) – and acted as Chair of the Board for the Living Islands project – a partnership comprising the AWT, the local heritage society (Alderney Society) and government. The project was funded jointly by the Alderney government (the States of Alderney) and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, and made significant progress in promoting Alderney's stunning wildlife and history to new audiences. At its heart was a recognition of the key roles for the island's significant environmental and heritage assets in growing the tourism industry and a commitment to prove that environmental conservation can go hand in hand with local economic regeneration. The success of Alderney's Living Islands initiative led to Victor and his colleague, Roland Gauvain (Director of the Alderney Wildlife Trust), presenting it as a case-study for other jurisdictions at the UKOTCF Conference in Gibraltar in July 2015. Victor was also invited by Dr John Cortés (Gibraltar's Environment Minister) to attend and participate in the first meeting of Ministers, and equivalents, from the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies at the close of the conference. Victor continued his association with the Forum and hosted the second Ministerial meeting in Alderney in April 2017, which he co-chaired with Dr Cortés. Victor is passionate about knowledge-sharing and mutual co-operation between the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. At the April 2017 meeting in Alderney, the various 13 jurisdictions represented agreed unanimously to progress work in this regard. Whilst Victor is relocating to the USA with his American-born wife and their son. he hopes to continue making a contribution to this work and to supporting the Forum generally.