Augustus Jaspert

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Augustus Jaspert
Gus Jaspert.jpg
Governor of the British Virgin Islands
Assumed office
22 August 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
PremierAndrew Fahie
Orlando Smith
Preceded byJohn Duncan
Personal details
Born1979 (age 39–40)
Camden, London, England
Spouse(s)Millie Jaspert (née Kilpatrick)
Viceregal styles of
Augustus Jaspert
Flag of the Governor of the British Virgin Islands.svg
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency

Augustus James Ulysses "Gus" Jaspert (born 1979)[1] is a British diplomat who is presently the Governor of the British Virgin Islands. He was sworn into office on 22 August 2017.[2]

Career and background[edit]

From 2001 to 2007 Jaspert worked for Surrey County Council as Lead Manager for Children’s Services. He then spent two years at HM Treasury as part of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, followed by three years at the Home Office as Head of Drugs and Alcohol and Head of Policing. From 2012 to 2014 he worked at 10 Downing Street as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, after which he spent a year studying at the Royal College of Defence Studies, an institution which grooms public servants who "have the potential to reach the highest ranks".[3] He then spent two years in the Cabinet Office as Director of Security and Intelligence, National Security Secretariat, before taking up his present appointment as Governor of the British Virgin Islands.[4]

He graduated with a first class degree in History and German from the University of Edinburgh in 2001, and in 2015 was awarded a master's degree with distinction in International Security and Strategy from King's College London.[5][6]

Hurricane Irma[edit]

Shortly after being sworn into office as Governor the British Virgin Islands was struck by Hurricane Irma. Jaspert declared a state of emergency 16 days after being sworn in, thus becoming the first ever Governor of the British Virgin Islands to exercise that power under the Constitution.[7]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ "I Will Not Be Afraid To Act---Governor Jaspert Sworn-In". BVI Platinum. 22 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Royal College of Defence Studies". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 24 August 2017. The Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) is the senior college of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.
  4. ^ "Change of Governor of the British Virgin Islands". Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS). 4 May 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy and Global Institutes" (PDF). King's College, London. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ "The Spire (January 2005)" (PDF). Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Hurricane Irma: UK territory declares state of emergency". BBC News. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
Preceded by
John Duncan
Governor of the British Virgin Islands
Succeeded by