Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands

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Governor of The Turks and Caicos Islands
Flag of the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands.svg
Flag of the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
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John Freeman

since 17 October 2016
StyleHis Excellency
AppointerElizabeth II
as Queen of the United Kingdom
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
First holderAlexander Graham Mitchell
Coat of arms of the Turks and Caicos Islands.svg
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The Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the representative of the British monarch in the United Kingdom's British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos 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 head of state, and he or she is responsible for appointing the Premier and 5 members of the House of Assembly. The official residence of the Governor is Government House of Turks and Caicos Islands, Waterloo, Grand Turk.

In August 2009, the United Kingdom suspended the islands' self-government after allegations of ministerial corruption. The prerogative of the ministerial government and the House of Assembly were vested in the Governor until self-government was restored in 2012.

The Governor has his own flag in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Union Flag with the territory's coat of arms superimposed.[1]


The islands were a dependency of Jamaica until that colony received independence in 1962. Afterwards the governor of the Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973.

Governors of The Turks and Caicos Islands[edit]

Term Incumbent Notes
1973–1975 Alexander Graham Mitchell
1975–1978 Arthur Christopher Watson
1978–1982 John Clifford Strong
1982–1987 Christopher J. Turner
1987–1993 Michael J. Bradley
1993–1996 Martin Bourke
1996–2000 John Kelly
2000–2002 Mervyn Jones
2002 Cynthia Astwood acting
2002–2005 Jim Poston
2005 Mahala Wynns acting
2005–2008 Richard Tauwhare
2008 – 5 August 2008 Mahala Wynns acting
5 August 2008 – 22 August 2011 Gordon Wetherell
22 August – 12 September 2011 Martin Stanley acting
12 September 2011 – 15 September 2013 Ric Todd
15 September – 9 October 2013 Anya Williams acting
9 October 2013 – 10 October 2016 Peter Beckingham
10 October – 17 October 2016 Anya Williams acting
17 October 2016 – present John Freeman


  1. ^ Grieve, Martin (26 June 2004). "Turks and Caicos: Governor's Flag". Flags of the World. Retrieved 5 August 2008. Governor's flag since 1999. Album depicts this and shows the shield's points touching the garaland and blue ribbon.

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