Governor’s exit scheduled

Outgoing Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor will be sent off with a flourish next Wednesday at the airport in Grand Cayman.

Mr. Taylor, who has been Cayman’s governor since January 2010, will board a British Airways flight for London on Wednesday evening at Owen Roberts International Airport following a final inspection of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Guard of Honour. Mr. Taylor is returning home briefly prior to taking up the UK ambassador’s post in Mexico.

He will be replaced by Governor-designate Helen Kilpatrick, who is scheduled to arrive in September.

Under normal circumstances, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson would act in the governor’s role until Ms Kilpatrick arrives. Her arrival is expected to occur the first week of September.

Ms Kilpatrick, a life-long UK-based civil servant with a financial controller/accountancy background and lengthy employment in the Home Office, has switched gears with a UK foreign office assignment. Her appointment to the top slot in the Cayman Islands means Ms Kilpatrick will shift from a core civil service public safety position in Britain to the core diplomatic service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“It’s a change, but I’m not sure it’s an enormous change,” Ms Kilpatrick said during a recent visit to Grand Cayman. “This job builds on my previous experience in local government, in the Home Office, in policing, prisons, in all the services retained to the governor [of the Cayman Islands]. The areas and responsibilities I have here are not new.”

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