Two Caymanians to receive honors

Charles Watler
Charles Watler

Businessman Charles Wesley Watler will be named as the latest Caymanian to become a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Saturday and Philip Agustus Rankin will be named as recipient of the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson will officially name the pair at Saturday’s celebrations in George Town. Mr. Watler will be named to receive the MBE for his services to the community while Mr. Rankin is being honored for his services to the local financial industry and to the board of Cayman Airways.

Also at the ceremony, Dan Scott, who was named in last year’s honors list, will receive an OBE and Rudy Myles will receive the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.

Mr. Watler, 73, is the sole recipient in Cayman of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. According to a statement released by the Government Information Service Friday, Mr. Watler is perhaps best known for his role was as “’Father of the Immigration Board,’ where he donated countless hours of personal time over the years to meeting the Islands’ growing labour needs whilst also pursuing training and development for Caymanians.”

The statement said Mr. Watler “credits his commitment to community service to observing from a young age the profound kindness of his mother, Jane Catherine Watler (nee Bodden).”

Philip Rankin
Philip Rankin

Mr. Rankin joined Cayman Airways as chairman of financial matters in 2009. “It was evident that that there was much to be done,” the statement quotes Mr. Rankin as saying. “CAL had been operating with significant deficits each year resulting in severe cash flow shortages, growing debt (formal and informal) and mounting payables.”

He has been chairman of Cayman Airways board of directors, an unpaid post, since 2012.

He has also been a lecturer at International College of the Cayman Islands for more than six years on the principles of finance.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Cayman Compass.

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