What are the business interests of Cayman’s government officials?

***Editor’s note: This story was updated at 4pm on Friday.***

A recent court case raised concerns about elected representatives’ potential business interests with private citizens.

The court case prompted a Compass reporter to visit the Legislative Assembly to inspect the registry of interests. The public is not allowed to make copies or take photos of the registry, but the reporter took notes on the declared business interests of the territory’s elected officials.

Nearly all the legislators have multiple land holdings, and most of them have interests in one or more businesses.

The MLA with the most business interests is Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, who holds shares or is a director of 11 entities. No other legislator has interests in more than three businesses.

Premier Alden McLaughlin did not declare any business interests, but wrote on his declaration form that he receives remuneration from a “crop farm”.

Minister Seymour, for his part, only has one declared business interest: the airport security firm Airport Professional Services.

Along with the elected officials, Attorney General Samuel Bulgin and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson also filled out forms but did not declare any business interests.

There was also a section on the form for legislators to declare if they received any sponsorships exceeding $1,000 leading up to the 2017 elections. The only legislator to declare a sponsorship was opposition MLA Kenneth Bryan, who said he received more than $1,000 from Dr. Steve Tomlinson.

Here is the full list of declared interests of elected representatives, as filed with the Legislative Assembly:

Premier Alden McLaughlin

Receives remuneration from “crop farm”

 

 

 

 

Arden McLean

Remuneration from McLean’s Consulting Services

 

 

 

 

McKeeva Bush

Directorship and shareholdings in Cambridge Real Estate Corp. and WMB International Consulting Ltd.

 

 

 

Kenneth Bryan

Dr. Steve Tomlinson provided sponsorship exceeding $1,000. No business interests.

 

 

 

Capt. Eugene Ebanks

Shares in Bayside Watersports, Conch Point Rental, Garvin Road (rental units).

 

 

 

Anthony Eden

Shareholdings in Cayman National Corp. and First Financial

 

 

 

 

Joey Hew

Director in BV Ltd. T/A Bon Vivant, Gai Foods T/A Macdonalds, Hew’s Hotel & Restaurant (shareholdings in BV and Gai but not Hew’s)

 

 

 

Moses Kirkconnell

Director in Air K Holdings Ltd.*, Bayside Ltd.*, Brac Caribbean Ltd., (Carib Sands Ltd.*), (Carib Sands Management Ltd.*), (Cayman Brac Power & Light Co. Ltd.*), (Island Realty Ltd.*), (Kirkconnell Investment & Development Co. Ltd.*), (Kirkconnell Ltd.), Uptown Development Ltd.*, (Zee Brac Ltd.) CI Credit Association *denotes shareholdings; () denotes remuneration

 

Roy McTaggart

Directorship and shareholdings in Skylane Investments Ltd. (holding company)

 

 

 

Ezzard Miller

Directorship of NWF Ltd. (hardware)

 

 

 

 

Tara Rivers

Shares and director in Eco Baby (Cayman) Ltd., inactive and not trading since incorporation

 

 

 

Chris Saunders

Director of Cainvest Bank and shares in Jauczin Group Ltd. consulting

 

 

 

 

Dwayne Seymour

Director and remuneration and shares in Airport Professional Services

 

 

 

 

Alva Suckoo

Director of Cayman Islands Boxing Association Ltd.

 

 

 

 

David Wight

Director and shares of D and M Wight Ltd. This is marked as a holding company in the directorship question, but as a “gas station” under the shareholdings portion.

 

 

 

Bernie Bush

None

 

 

 

 

Barbara Conolly

None

 

 

 

 

Austin Harris

None

 

 

 

 

Juliana O’Connor-Connolly

None