UK diplomat is new Gov

Governor Jack out by November

A career British diplomat will take over as the Cayman Islands’ governor at the start of next year.

Mr. Duncan Taylor, 50, the United Kingdom’s current High Commissioner for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will take up the Cayman Islands post in January 2010, according to an announcement made last week by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Governor Stuart Jack’s current contract expires in November. Mr. Jack’s initial appointment was extended for approximately a year by the FCO.

Mr. Jack made no comment about his successor’s nomination.

Mr. Taylor is currently stationed in Bridgetown, Barbados where he has held the High Commissioner’s position since 2005. The post covers Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. He has been with the UK’s Foreign Service for 27 years.

According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, political relations are the high commission’s responsibility.

“This department takes the leading role in promoting Britain’s national interests to host governments, ensuring that Britain’s views are represented to local government,” according to a statement on the FCO’s website. “This is to ensure that Britain and Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean can work as closely together as possible in pursuit of our common goals.”

Starting in 1982 as Desk Officer for the FCO in its West Africa Department, Mr. Taylor went on to become third and later second secretary of chancery in Havana between 1983 and 1987. He was then named head of Japan section in the FCO’s Far East Department for two years.

Between 1989 and 1991, Mr. Taylor 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 1996-1997, as Director of Latin American Affairs, he was seconded to Rolls Royce. From 1997-2000, Mr. Taylor served as Head of Consular Division for the FCO. Immediately prior to Mr Taylor’s current posting, he served as Deputy Consul-General and Deputy Head of Post in New York between 2000 and 2005.

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