Cayman gets first female governor

The Cayman Islands will receive its first woman governor in history later this year as current Governor Duncan Taylor heads off to an ambassadorship in Mexico.

Helen Kilpatrick, a director and acting permanent secretary in the United Kingdom’s Home Office for the past eight years, will switch over to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to take up the post here starting in September.

And in case anyone doubted the UK’s commitment to repair the Cayman Islands’ financial situation, Mrs. Kilpatrick is a chartered public accountant.

“I look forward to working in a constructive partnership with the newly elected government to ensure a safe, successful and sustainable future for the Cayman Islands,” Mrs. Kilpatrick said Tuesday.

Mrs. Kilpatrick joined the UK Home Office in 2005 as the director-general for finance and corporate services. Recently, she acted as permanent secretary and accounting officer.

She has also worked in local governments in the UK, in West Sussex County Council as deputy chief executive and as treasurer of the Sussex Police Authority. She also served as treasurer for a number of London bureau councils.  

Mrs. Kilpatrick has two children, a son and a daughter.

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