Governor of the Cayman Islands

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Governor of the Cayman Islands
Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands.svg
Coat of Arms of the Cayman Islands
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Helen Kilpatrick

since 6 September 2013
Style Her Excellency
Residence Government House, Cayman Islands
Appointer Monarch of the United Kingdom
Term length At His/Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 1750
First holder William Cartwright
Website Office of the Governor
The flag of the Governor of the Cayman Islands
Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands.svg
This article is part of a series on the
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The Governor of the Cayman Islands is the representative of the British monarch in the United Kingdom's overseas territory of the Cayman Islands. The Governor is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the British government. The role of the Governor is to act as the de facto head of state, and he or she is responsible for appointing the Premier, who is the leader of the party with a majority of seats in the Legislature.

The current Governor is Helen Kilpatrick, who replaced Duncan Taylor in September 2013.

The Governor has his own flag, the Union Flag defaced with the territory's coat of arms. The official residence of the Governor is Government House in Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.


Until 1962, the Cayman Islands were administered as a dependency of Jamaica. When Jamaica gained independence, the Islands were split and became a separate Crown colony. An Administrator was appointed to the Islands from 1959. After 1971, the British Government appointed a Governor.

List of Chief Magistrates of the Cayman Islands[edit]

  • William Cartwright (1750–1776)
  • William Bodden (1776–1823)
  • James Coe the Elder (1823–1829)
  • John Drayton (1829–1842)
  • James Coe the Younger (1842–1855)
  • William Eden (1855–1879)
  • William Bodden Webster (1879–1888)
  • Edmund Parsons (1888–1898)

List of Commissioners of the Cayman Islands[edit]

  • Frederick Shedden Sanguinnetti (1898–1907)
  • George Stephenson Hirst (1907–1912)
  • Arthur C Robinson (1912–1919)
  • Hugh Houston Hutchings (1919–1929)
  • Captain G. H. Frith (1929–1931)
  • Ernest Arthur Weston (1931–1934)
  • Allen Wosley Cardinall, CMG (later Sir Allen) (1934–1940)
  • Albert C. Panton Snr, MBE (acting) (1940–1941)
  • John Perry Jones (1941–1946)
  • Ivor Otterbein Smith (later CMG, OBE) (1946–1952)
  • Andrew Morris Gerrard, CMG (1952–1956)
  • Alan Hillard Donald (1956–July 4, 1959)

List of Administrators of the Cayman Islands[edit]

  • Alan Hilliard Donald (July 4, 1959–1960)
  • Jack Rose (1960–1964)[1]
  • Sir John Alfred Cumber Kt, CMG, MBE, TD (1964–1968)
  • Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long (1968–August 22, 1971)

List of Governors of the Cayman Islands[edit]

  • Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long (August 22, 1971–1972)
  • Kenneth Roy Crook (1972–1974)
  • Thomas Russell (1974–1981)
  • George Peter Lloyd (1982–June 10, 1987)
  • Alan James Scott (June 10, 1987–September 14, 1992)
  • Michael Edward John Gore (September 14, 1992–October 16, 1995)
  • John Wynne Owen (October 16, 1995–May 5, 1999)
  • Peter Smith (May 5, 1999–May 9, 2002)
  • Bruce Dinwiddy (May 29, 2002–October 28, 2005)
  • Stuart Jack (November 23, 2005–December 2, 2009)
  • Duncan Taylor (January 15, 2010–August 7, 2013)
  • Helen Kilpatrick (September 6, 2013–present)[2]


  1. ^ "Wing Commander Jack Rose (obituary)". The Daily Telegraph. 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ Helen Kilpatrick sworn in as new governor, Cayman NetNews, September 6, 2013

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