Howard John Stredder Pearce, CVO (born 13 April 1949 in Twickenham) was Governor of the Falkland Islands and Civil Commissioner of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) until July 2006. He assumed both positions on 3 December 2002. Before his appointment, Pearce was High Commissioner to Malta from 1999 to 2002. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1972.
Pearce attended the City of London School. He married Caroline Thomée, a Dutch architect and photographer in October 2004. He is the first Governor to marry in the Falkland Islands; on the day of the wedding, local schoolchildren were given the day off. A bell was also rung at a church in Grytviken on South Georgia.
At the end of July 2006, Pearce left the Falklands and was succeeded as Falkland Islands Governor and Commissioner for SGSSI by Alan Huckle, previously governor of Anguilla, another British overseas territory in the Caribbean. Upon leaving the Falklands, he semi-retired and moved to Dundee, Scotland.