Martyn Roper appointed new Governor

Career diplomat Martyn Roper has been appointed as the Cayman Islands’ new governor. He will arrive on the island later this month to replace Anwar Choudhury, who was removed from the role after an investigation into complaints about his conduct.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has declined to reveal the nature of the complaints about Mr. Choudhury or if they were substantiated. His replacement, Mr. Roper was minister and deputy head of mission for the UK in Beijing, China, prior to his appointment.

Mr. Roper, 53, from West Yorkshire, is described in an FCO press release as a “highly experienced career diplomat with a successful track record in senior corporate leadership roles across the world.”

His earlier career includes postings to Algeria as the UK Ambassador, Deputy Head of Mission in Brasilia and as First Secretary Economics and Development with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

He also worked as head of the Gibraltar Section at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London when he had specific responsibility for policy concerning law and order, justice and good governance, the press release states.

He was Vice Consul in Kuwait at the time of the outbreak of the first Gulf War and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2013 on his return to the UK from his posting in Algeria.

He is married to Elisabeth, has two children, aged 26 and 22, and enjoys cycling, reading and tennis, according to a brief biography released by the FCO.

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