David G. P. Taylor

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David Taylor
Governor of Montserrat
In office
23 May 1990 – 16 July 1993
Monarch Elizabeth II
Chief Minister Reuben Meade
Preceded by David Kenneth Hay Dale
Succeeded by Christopher J. Turner
chief executive of the Falkland Islands
In office
September 1988 – April 1989
Governor William Hugh Fullerton
Preceded by Brian Cummings
Succeeded by Ronald Sampson
In office
December 1983 – April 1987
Governor Rex Hunt
Gordon Wesley Jewkes
Preceded by New Post
Succeeded by Brian Cummings
Personal details
Born (1933-07-05)5 July 1933
Bristol, England
Died 8 November 2007(2007-11-08) (aged 74)
Nationality British
Domestic partner Carol
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge
Religion Methodist

David George Pendleton Taylor CBE (5 July 1933 – 8 November 2007) was a British businessman and administrator who served as chief executive of the Falklands Islands[1] and Governor of Montserrat.[2]

Taylor was schooled at Clifton College in Bristol where he served as head boy before winning a scholarship to study English at Clare College, Cambridge. He did his National Service in the Royal Navy after which he was posted to RAF China Bay at Trincomalee, in modern day Sri Lanka, as a sub-lieutenant (special) in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves.[3]

He joined the Colonial Service in 1958 and was stationed as a District Officer in Tanganyika, which was then part of the British Empire. When Tanganyika gained independence in 1964, Taylor went to British Guiana in South America where he worked for Booker as the head of one of the company's six divisions. In 1976, he went back to Africa where he became chief executive of Booker in Malawi and later Zambia.[4]

In 1983, Taylor went on secondment from Booker to become the first chief executive of the Falkland Islands, a post which had been created on the recommendation of the second report by Lord Shackleton. During his four years in office, Taylor was credited with helping the Falklands become self-sufficient following the Argentine occupation, as well as years of stagnation before then.[4] Taylor left the islands in 1987, but returned the next year to act as interim chief executive for eight months.[3]

Taylor then briefly worked as director of a subsidiary agricultural consultancy at Booker-McConnell before being appointed Governor of Montserrat in 1990, helping to rebuild the Caribbean island after it had been hit by Hurricane Hugo a year earlier. Taylor retired in 1993 and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1997, Taylor helped raise money for the reconstruction of Montserrat following the eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano which left most of the island uninhabitable.[4]

David Taylor died of a lung condition in 2007.[3]


  1. ^ "Falkland Islands". WorldStatesmen.org. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Montserrat". WorldStatesmen.org. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chief Executive of the Falklands who became Governor of Montserrat". The Times. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Blom-Cooper, Louis (23 November 2007). "Obituary: David Taylor". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2010.