Dame Louise Lake-Tack
|Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda|
17 July 2007 – 13 August 2014
|Prime Minister||Baldwin Spencer
|Preceded by||James Carlisle|
|Succeeded by||Rodney Williams|
26 July 1944 |
St Phillip's, Antigua and Barbuda
|Alma mater||City of Westminster College
University of West London
Background and earlier career
Louise Lake-Tack was born in St. Philip's Parish, Antigua in 1944. She was educated at Freetown Government School before attending the Antigua Girls High School in St. John's. After graduating she emigrated to the United Kingdom where she studied nursing at Charing Cross Hospital. Following the completion of her studies, she worked first at the National Heart Hospital and later at the Harley Street Clinic.
Lake-Tack later studied and graduated in law and subsequently served as a magistrate at both Marylebone and Horseferry Magistrate Courts. She also sat at Pocock Street Crown Court and Middlesex Crown Court to hear appeal cases from the lower courts. She served as a member of the Antigua and Barbuda National Association (London) for the 24 years preceding her appointment as Governor-General.
Lake-Tack is a widow and has two children.
She took office as Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda on 17 July 2007. She was the first woman to hold the office. On 14 August 2014, she was replaced by Sir Rodney Williams, who took office as the 4th Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda.
Shortly before Dame Louise retired from office, she under the powers of her office conferred national honours of Antigua and Barbuda on 19 people, including a knighthood on her own son and a medal for her gardener. These appointments have been condemned as unlawful by the newly elected prime minister, who sought to have them rescinded. The Governor General derives powers under Section 22 of the national Constitution and acts as the Queen's representative with prerogative powers. The Governor General is independent of the Prime Minister. In making the honours, the Governor General acted under the prerogative powers. Further, the 2000 National Honours Act provided statutory authority for her independent nominations for the awards. Knighthoods can only be taken away by degradation warrant if the recipient acts in such a manner to bring the honour into disrepute. Dame Louise publicly explained the reasons for the honours; maintaining that the individuals whom she awarded had been invaluable to the office of Governor-General and consequently awarded.
On 13 November 2007 Lake-Tack was appointed as Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
- Dame of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (DStJ, 16 October 2007)
- Antigua Gets First Female Governor General Hard Beat News.com 16 July 2007[dead link]
- Caribbean Elections, "Dame Louise Lake-Tack", http://www.caribbeanelections.com/knowledge/biography/bios/lake_tack_louise.asp
- Antigua's first female G-G sworn in Jamaica Gleaner 19 July 2007
- The London Gazette: . 13 November 2007.
- Court Circular detailing investiture as a Dame of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem[dead link]
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