Mike-Summers-210x250

Stanley Constituency
Portfolio: Health & Public Protection

Born 1952. FIG scholarship to school in UK 1964. BA in Business Studies at Middlesex University 1975, and joined a petrochemical construction and engineering company based in London. Travelled extensively in Africa in project development. 1981 joined a UK based German contractor, responsible for project finance and business development in Africa and the Far East. In 1986 moved to a UK engineering company engaged in offshore engineering and chemical plant construction, responsible for project finance, sales management and corporate planning.

1989 returned to the Falkland Islands as General Manager of the FI Development Corporation; extensively reformed and re-focussed the organisation. Took a leading role in early road construction and transport planning, development of long term fisheries licensing policies, planning of minerals exploration and the first licensing round, obtaining new sources of EU funding for rural development, setting up the Chilean airlink now operated by LAN, guiding land based and cruise vessel tourism development, completion of the land reform process, and funding a wide range of Stanley and camp based projects.

Resigned in 1996 to pursue a career in the private sector. He is the owner and Managing Director of Pioneer Seafoods Ltd and co-owner and Director of Quark Fishing Ltd.

First elected to Legislative Council in a by-election in 1996, has been re-elected a further five times. Has served many years on Executive Council, and ten years as Chair of Standing Finance Committee. Key focus has always been the economy and foreign affairs. He was Chair of the Select Committee on the Constitution (completed 2008), and initiated the Islands Plan in 1996 and the Ecomomic Development Strategy in 2008.

Married with two daughters and two grand-daughters. He has been involved in Falklands politics since 1976 and is a former Chairman of the Falkland Islands Association; he is the co-founder and Trustee of the FI YMCA and Chairman of FIOGA.