New Governor named

The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has announced the next Governor of the Cayman Islands.

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Duncan Taylor

Mr Duncan Taylor will take over the position in January 2010, according to a communiqué issued by the Governor’s Office.

Stationed in Bridgetown, he is currently the British High Commissioner for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, a position he has held from 2005. The posting covers Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A career diplomat, Mr Taylor was born 17 October 1958 and has served in the UK’s Foreign Service for 27 years.

Starting in 1982 as Desk Officer for the FCO in its West Africa Department, he went on to become Third and later Second Secretary of Chancery in Havana between 1983-87. Subsequently, he was Head of Japan Section in the FCO’s Far East Department for two years.

Between 1989 and 1991, he served in the FCO’s Personnel Operations Department. In 1992, he took over as Head of the British Embassy’s Commercial Section in Budapest, Hungary, where he served for four years.

During 1996-7, as Director of Latin American Affairs, he was seconded to Rolls Royce. From 1997-2000, he was Head of Consular Division for the FCO. Immediately prior to Mr Taylor’s current posting (2000-2005), he served as Deputy Consul-General and Deputy Head of Post in New York.

Mr Taylor is married to Marie-Beatrice and has three daughters and two sons.

His Excellency the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO, is scheduled to leave the Cayman Islands at the end of November when his current contract expires.

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