William Boyd McCleary

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William Boyd McCleary
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Governor of the British Virgin Islands
In office
20 August 2010 – 1 August 2014
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Ralph T. O'Neal
Orlando Smith
Preceded by V. Inez Archibald (acting)
Succeeded by V. Inez Archibald (acting)
Personal details
Born (1949-03-30) 30 March 1949 (age 68)
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Viceregal styles of
William Boyd McCleary
Flag of the Governor of the British Virgin Islands.svg
Reference style His Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Sir

William Boyd McCleary CMG CVO (born 30 March 1949)[1] is a retired member of HM Diplomatic Service originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In September 2010 he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of the British government, to represent the Queen as Governor of the British Virgin Islands, and to act as the de facto head of state in the Territory.[2] Prior to his appointment as governor, McCleary served as High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2006 to 2010.[2]

Shortly after his arrival in the British Virgin Islands, the territory was damaged by Hurricane Earl. Although at the time of his appointment there was a degree of tension over constitutional matters between the United Kingdom and the British Virgin Islands, McCleary won plaudits in the local press for his deft handling of the situation.[3] Currently, he is on the advisory board of OMFIF where he is regularly involved in meetings regarding the financial and monetary system. Previously, he was also one of the patrons of the British Theatre Playhouse, a company aiming at the production of British theatrical plays and musical shows.[4]


  1. ^ McCLEARY, (William) Boyd, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012; accessed 14 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Change of Governor of the British Virgin Islands". Government of the British Virgin Islands, London office. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Governor issues all clear for VI, except for Anegada". Virginislandsnewsonline.com via archive.org. 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on September 3, 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.britishtheatreplayhouse.com/patrons.html


Preceded by
David Pearey
Governor of the British Virgin Islands
Succeeded by
John Duncan
Preceded by
Bruce Cleghorn
High Commissioner to Malaysia
Succeeded by
Simon Featherstone

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