His Excellency Governor Mr. John S. Duncan OBE

    John Duncan was appointed Governor of the British Virgin Islands in June 2013 and took up his post in August 2014. Previously, he was sworn in as Acting Governor of the Falkland Islands on February 27 for a period of approximately two months. John was previously Deputy and then acting Head of the former South Atlantic Dependant Territories and Antarctic Department from 1996-98.

    John joined the FCO in 1980, and has served in Paris, Sudan, Brussels, Albania, and Kosovo. He spent ten years in Multilateral Diplomacy, both from London and overseas, covering the development of European Defence and in the operational arm of counter proliferation. From 2006-11 he was British Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control and Disarmament ; a roving ambassador role, based in Geneva and New York covering inter alia the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review process and the negotiation of new treaties e.g. the Oslo Treaty banning Cluster Munitions and the new Arms Trade Treaty.

    He has also worked in traditional bilateral diplomacy in Paris and Albania (where in 1992 he set up the first joint Anglo-French Diplomatic Mission). From 2001-2006 he was UK Trade and Investment Director for France based in Paris.

    He has extensive experience in crisis management. From 1985-88 he was seconded to the UK’s ODA (now DFID) in Khartoum during the Sudan famine. From 1990-1991 he was Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister for Overseas Development and Africa (Baroness Chalker). From 1998-2001 he was seconded to the NATO military as (UK) International Affairs Advisor to the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Wesley Clark, during the Kosovo conflict. Digital Diplomacy has been a major feature of his professional career- a regular blogger on the FCO site from 2007-11, On Twitter @JDuncanFCO and as an FCO Podcaster on iTunes. In 2011 he was the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative to the London Conference on Cyberspace. He was FCO Director for Communications and Engagement from 2012 -13.

    John was born in Dundee, Scotland, and brought up in Kenya, Educated at Wycliffe College (Gloucestershire), Keele University, the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, and the NATO Defence College Rome . He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1993, the US Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and NATO Kosovo Medal in 2001.

    His Excellency Governor John S. Duncan, OBE, is the Governor of the British Virgin Islands, he is the representative of the British monarch in the United Kingdom's overseas territory of the British Virgin Islands.
    Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE

    Office:
    Premier and Minister of Finance

    Constituency:
    Territorial (At-Large) Member

    First Elected to Parliament:
    1999

    Political Party:
    National Democratic Party (NDP)

    Career:
    2011-Present: Premier and Minister of Finance

    2007-2011: Leader of the Opposition and Territorial At-Large Representative

    2003-2007: Chief Minister

    1999-2003: Leader of the Opposition and Territorial At-Large Representative

    1995-1999: Surgeon, Peebles Hospital, BVI

    1979-1995: Surgeon/Chief Medical Officer, BVI

    1975-1976: Senior Registrar of Surgery, BVI

    1971-1974: Medical Officer/Registrar, London, UK

    1970-1971: Medical Officer, Peebles Hospital, BVI

    Education:
    1984-1985 London School of Hygiene, London, UK

    1972-1973 The Royal School of Public Health, London, UK

    1971-1974 Edinburgh Royal College of Surgeons, Scotland

    1963-1969 University of the West Indies, Jamaica, WI

    1955-1961 British Virgin Islands High School, BVI

    Interests/Recreation:
    Reading, Squash and Tennis

    Dr. the Honourable D Orlando Smith, OBE Premier and Minister of Finance
    and Territorial At-Large Representative

    Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering

    Office:
    Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour

    Constituency:
    Member for the Seventh District

    First Elected to Parliament:
    1999

    Political Party:
    National Democratic Party (NDP)

    Profession:
    Physician, specialising in obstetrics and gynecology

    Career:
    2011-Present: Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour

    2007-2011: Opposition Member

    2003-2007: Government Backbencher

    1999-2003: Member of the Legislative Council

    1992-1999: Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Government of the BVI

    1986-1988: Medical Officer, Government of the BVI

    1985-1986: Internship, University of the West Indies

    Education:
    1996-present: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington, D.C.; Fellow, FACOG

    1982-1992: University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica; DM (Obstetrics/Gynecology)

    1980-1985: University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica; MB, BS

    1976-1980: University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

    1970-1976: BVI High School; High School Diploma/GCE

    Interests/Recreation:
    Sports and creative arts, events related to youths, and fishing

    Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour and District Seven Representative
    Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton

    Office:
    Minister for Health and Social Development

    Constituency:
    Territorial (At-Large) Member

    First Elected to Parliament:
    1999

    Political Party:
    National Democratic Party (NDP)

    Profession:
    Engineer

    Career:
    2011 - Present: Minister for Health and Social Development

    2007 - 2011: Private Sector Chief Executive Officer, Skelton Group of Companies

    2003 - 2007: Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Finance, Health and Social Development

    1999 - 2003: Territorial Member and Member of the Opposition, Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands

    1987 - 1999: General Manager, BVI Electricity Corp.

    1983 - 1987: Distribution Engineer, Acting General Manager BVI Electricity Corporation

    1982 - 1983: Electrical Engineer, Partners, Sheer House, West by Fleet, Surrey, England

    1980 - 1982: Distribution Engineer, BVI Electricity Corporation

    Education:
    1993 Fourth Commonwealth Top Management Programme for Public Enterprises, Singapore: Certificate

    1992 Supervisory Course – BIMAP, Barbados, WI: Certificate

    1986 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Washington, DC: Certificate

    1980 Tuskegee Institute, Alabama B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Howard University, Washington, DC Award in Thermodynamics

    1974 University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI

    Interests/Recreation:
    Music, Basketball, Volleyball and Softball

    Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton Minister for Health and Social Development and Territorial At-Large Representative
    Honourable Mark Vanterpool

    Office:
    Minister for Communications and Works

    Constituency:
    Member for the Fourth District

    First Elected to Parliament:
    1999

    Political Party:
    National Democratic Party (NDP)

    Profession:
    Entrepreneur

    Career:
    2011-Present: Minister for Communications and Works

    2003-2007: Member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

    1999-2003: Government Backbencher

    1988-Present: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,K-Marks Foods (1996) Ltd

    1974-1988: Assistant Vice President of Operations, Barclays Bank PLC, Tortola, BVI

    1974-1974: Elementary School Teacher, Government of the British Virgin Islands

    1972-1973: Office Clerk, J.R. O’Neal Building Supplies

    Education:
    Wright State University and H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Bachelor of Business Administration Candidate

    Interests/Recreation:
    Basketball and Reading

    Honourable Mark Vanterpool Minister for Communications and Works and District Four Representative
    Honourable Myron V. Walwyn

    Office:
    Minister for Education and Culture

    Constituency:
    Territorial (At-Large) Member

    First elected to Parliament:
    2011

    Political Party:
    National Democratic Party (NDP)

    Profession:
    Attorney At Law

    Career:
    2011-Present: Minister for Education and Culture

    2009-Present: Partner, Orion Law Barristers and Solicitors Jayla Place, Road Town Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    2007-2009: Crown Counsel, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Government of the Virgin Islands Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    2009-2010: Chairman, British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    2006-2006: Trainee Lawyer, Harney Westwood and Reigels LLP Barristers & Solicitors, London, England

    2000-Present: Owner of M.V.W. International, (Moorings Mariner Hotel and Restaurant, Calypso Café, Charlie’s Italian Restaurant, Ginny’s Tapas Bar) Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    Education:
    2006-2007: BPP Law School, London England Bar Vocational Course, Post Graduate Diploma

    2004-2006: University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK Bachelor of Laws (Hons.)

    1999        : Cornell University Hospitality Executive Training

    Interests/Recreation:
    Travelling, meeting people, communicating on Facebook, Watch Collector, engaging in healthy debates, advocate/mediator and helping the less fortunate

    Honourable Myron V. Walwyn Minister for Education and Culture and Territorial At-Large Representative
    Ms. Sandra Ward
    Ms. Sandra Ward, Cabinet Secretary of the Government of the Virgin Islands