Ric Todd

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Ric Todd
Ric Todd.jpg
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Cyprus
In office
2014–2016
Preceded by Matthew Kidd
Succeeded by Matthew Kidd
Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
In office
2011[1] – 2013
Premier Rufus Ewing
Preceded by Gordon Wetherell
Succeeded by Peter Beckingham
Personal details
Born (1959-08-29) 29 August 1959 (age 57)
Crawley, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford

Damian Roderic Todd (born 29 August 1959) is a career British diplomat who has served as Ambassador to Slovakia, Ambassador to Poland, Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands and High Commissioner to Cyprus.

Personal and Career[edit]

Todd attended Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby, then studied History at Worcester College, Oxford, and entered the Diplomatic Service in 1980. His diplomatic postings included:[2]

In 2016 Todd left his post in Cyprus for personal reasons. He was replaced by Matthew Kidd who had preceded Todd as High Commissioner.[3]

Criticism[edit]

Many Turks Islanders, including the Turks and Caicos Islands Conservation Society, 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), Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, 2016 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2015)
  3. ^ Ric Todd steps down as British High Commissioner in Cyprus, Famagusta Gazette, 6 June 2016
  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 of the United Kingdom to Slovakia
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Judith Macgregor
Preceded by
Charles Crawford
Ambassador ofm 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
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Matthew Kidd
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Cyprus
2014–2016
Succeeded by
Matthew Kidd