Ric Todd

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Ric Todd
Ric Todd.jpg
Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
In office
12 September 2011[1] – 15 September 2013
Premier Rufus Ewing
Preceded by Gordon Wetherell
Succeeded by Peter Beckingham
Personal details
Born (1959-08-29) 29 August 1959 (age 54)
Crawley, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Alison Todd
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford

Damian Roderic "Ric" Todd (born 29 August 1959) is a career British diplomat. He served as Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 2011 to 2013 and has previously served as the British Ambassador to Slovakia and Ambassador to Poland.[2]

Personal and Career[edit]

Todd studied History in university and began his diplomatic career in 1980. His diplomatic postings included:[3]

  • 1981–1984 British diplomat in South Africa in Cape Town and Pretoria
  • 1985–1987 Foreign and Commonwealth Office, European Department
  • 1987–1989 British Embassay in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1989–1991 Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Economic Relations Department
  • 1991–1995 British Consulate in Bonn, Germany
  • 1995–1997 HM Treasury and heads of 2 EU policy departments
  • 1997–1998 Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Deputy Head of Economic Relations Department
  • 1998–2001 HM Treasury and heads of 2 EU policy departments
  • 1999–2001 British representative on the European Union Economic Policy Committee
  • 2001–2004 British Ambassador to Slovakia in Bratislava
  • 2004–2007 Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Finance Director
  • 2007–2011 Ambassador to Poland in Warsaw
  • 2010–2011 Regional Director for the Central Europe Network
  • 2011–2013 Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Criticism[edit]

Many Turks Islanders, including the Turks and Caicos Islands Conservation Society have criticized Todd's environmental record. While acting as Governor of Turks and Caicos, Ric Todd unilaterally amended a long-standing provision in Turks and Caicos law that prohibited the importation (and non-natural exploitation) of marine mammals in Turks and Caicos. Despite the United Kingdom's ban on performing captive animals, Todd's amendment specifically allows for the importation and use of marine mammals for the purpose of "display, exhibition and performance" – the principal marine mammal this may be targeted towards is a likely dolphin attraction.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New governor says U.K. committed to 2012 elections," fptci.com, 12 September 2011, accessed 10 December 2012.
  2. ^ "TODD Damian Roderic (Ric)", World Who's Who (2011).
  3. ^ http://www.gov.tc/portal/page/portal/G2G/CabinetDepartments/The%20Governor
  4. ^ Narine, Vanessa (2012). "Petition To Stop Dolphin Attraction Gains Momentum". Turks & Caicos Weekly News. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
David Lyscom
Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Slovakia
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Judith Macgregor
Preceded by
Charles Crawford
Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Poland
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Robin Barnett
Government offices
Preceded by
Gordon Wetherell
Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Peter Beckingham