His Excellency Governor Augustus (Gus) James Ulysses Jaspert

     

    Mr. Augustus Jaspert takes office as Her Majesty’s thirteenth Governor to the Territory of the Virgin Islands.

    He recently served in the United Kingdom’s Cabinet Office leading on matters relating to national security and intelligence. He also served in the office of Prime Minister Cameron in Downing Street as the Private Secretary on Home Affairs issues such as policing, justice, immigration, security and Northern Ireland.

    Mr. Jaspert’s previous career has been spent in varied roles in different aspects of public services, throughout all of which he has focussed on improving services to deliver better outcomes for citizens.   After a brief attachment in Ghana, he started his career in local government in Surrey, a County Council in the south of England, with roles that included supporting vulnerable children and those who needed extra support through learning or physical disabilities.  He also had short roles involving emergency planning and response.

    Mr. Jaspert joined central government in the UK in 2007 as part of a team tackling social exclusion where he designed new approaches for how different services can best work together to improve services for families in need and support some of the poorest members of society.   He also worked on systems to improve the performance of key public services such as the police, prisons and the courts in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.  

    Ensuring safety and security for people became an increasing theme for Mr. Jaspert’s career. He served in the UK Home Office as a Deputy Director, leading local policing and improving the public’s confidence in the police and the Government’s strategies to reduce harm from the misuse of alcohol and illegal drugs from 2007-2009.   During this time, he also served as a Magistrate in a criminal court in South West London.

    Mr. Jaspert went to his local school in London prior to studying History and German at the University of Edinburgh, including some time in Vienna, Austria.  Whilst working in local government, he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies at the University of Kingston.  He later became a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies and completed a second Master’s degree in International Strategy and Security at Kings College, London in 2014. 

    His Excellency Governor Augustus (Gus) James Ulysses Jaspert, 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 

    Profession: Physician  

    Constituency: Territorial Member 

    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 

    Marital Status  and No. of Children: Married and three (3) children 

    Year First Elected to Parliament: 1999 

    Political Party: National Democratic Party 

    Career:
    2011 Premier and Minister for Finance  
    2007- 2011 Leader of the Opposition and Territorial Member 
    2003-2007 Chief Minister  1999-2003 Leader of the Opposition and Territorial Member 
    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  

    CPA Conferences, Seminars, Visits Attended 

    55th CPA Conference and the 29th Conference for Small Countries Arusha Tanzania, 2009 

    International Parliamentary Conference:  “Climate Change – Tackling Causes, Managing  Impacts”, Westminster, London, 2007 

    45th CPA Conference – Trinidad and Tobago, 1999 

    19th CPA Conference for Small Countries – Trinidad and Tobago, 1999 

    Affiliations: Member, Rotary Club of Tortola, British Virgin Islands 

    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:  Minister for Natural Resources and Labour  

    Profession:  Physician – Specializing in Obstetrics & Gynecology  

    Constituency:  Member for the Seventh District  

    Education:
    1996-Present American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Washington DC 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 British Virgin Islands High School Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands High School Diploma/GCE

    Marital Status & No. of Children:  Married and four (4) children 

    Year First Elected To Parliament:   1999 

    Political Party:  National Democratic Party (NDP) 

    Career:   
    2011- Present 
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Natural  
    Resources and Labour,
    Member for the Seventh District 

    2007 – 2011
    3rd Term – Opposition Member
    House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands 

    2003-2007
    2nd Term – Government Backbencher 
    Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands 

    1999-2003 
    Member of the Legislative Council 
    Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands 

    1992- Present 
    Private Practice      
    Obstetrician/Gynecologist   
    Pic Smith Medical Services 

    1992-1999 
    Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist 
    Government of the British Virgin  Islands 

    1986-1988 
    Medical Officer 
    Government of the British Virgin  Islands 

    1985-1986 
    Internship  University of the West Indies  

    CPA Conferences, Seminars, Visits  Attended:
    60th Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure – United Kingdom, March 2011
    Wilton Park Conference: Public Diplomacy; Moving from Policy in to Practice, United Kingdom7- 9 June 2010    
    56th CPA Conference and 30th CPA Conference for Small Countries – Nairobi, Kenya 2010   
    Public Diplomacy; Meeting New Challenges - Wilton Park Conference – Steyning, United Kingdom, October 2008
    United Nations Committee of 24 Pacific Regional Seminar on   Decolonisation- Bandung, Indonesia, 14-16 May, 2008  
    53rd CPA Conference and 27th CPA Conference for Small Countries – New Delhi, India, September 2007
    United Nations Committee of 24 Pacific Regional Seminar on Decolonisation Yanuca Island, Fiji, December 2006 
    United Nations Committee of 24 Caribbean Regional Seminar on Decolonisation Canouan Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 17 -19 May 2005 
    49th CPA Conference and 23rd CPA Conference for Small Countries – Bangladesh, October 2003 
    27th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region – BVI, July 2002 (Coordinated CPA Youth Parliament) 
    47th CPA Conference and 21st CPA Conference for Small Countries – Australia, September 2001 
    BVI Branch Annual Parliamentary Visit – South Africa, June 2001 
    Commonwealth Workshop on Democracy and Small States – Malta, May 2000 
    24th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region – Cayman Islands, July 1999 

    Committee  Affiliation:   Served on The BVI Constitutional Review Committee   

    Interests/ Recreation:  
    Sports and Creative Art
    Events related to Youths
    Fishing 

    Community  Involvement:
    Hon. Pickering’s community involvement began as a child by being active in his church and the Boy’s Brigade. He represented his school in Spelling Bees and general knowledge quizzes. Hon. Pickering was active in softball and basketball as a young man and has coached several teams from the East End/Long Look area. In 1986, Hon. Pickering became a founding member of the East End/Long Look Action Committee.

    Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour and District Seven Representative
    Honourable Mark Vanterpool

    Office:    Minister for Communications and Works 

    Profession:   Entrepreneur 

    Constituency:   Member for the Fourth District 

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

    Marital Status and No. of Children:  Married and two (2) children 

    Year First Elected to Parliament:   1999 

    Political Party:  National Democratic Party  

    Career:   
    2011   Minister for Communications and Works, Member for the Fourth District        
    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 

    CPA Conferences, Seminars, Visits Attended 
    26th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas, and the Atlantic Region of the CPA –St. Kitts, August 2001
    BVI Branch Annual Parliamentary Visit – Ghana & South Africa, June 2001
    BVI Branch Parliamentary Seminar – Tortola, BVI, June 1999 

    Affiliations:
    BVI Electricity Corporation Board – Former Vice Chairman 
    BVI Social Security Board – Former Board Member 
    BVI High School Parent Teacher’s Association – Former President 
    BVI Olympic Committee – Former President 
    BVI Amateur Basketball Association 

    Interests/ Recreation:   Basketball and Reading

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

    Date Of Birth: 22nd  February, 1972 

    Office: Minister for Education and Culture

    Profession: Attorney At Law

    Constituency: Territorial Member

    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

    Marital Status and No. of Children: Married and five (5) Children

    Year First Elected To Parliament: 2011

    Political Party: National Democratic Party 

    Career:
    2011  Minister for Education and Culture, Territorial Member  
    2009 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 to 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

    CPA Conferences, Seminars, Visits Attended:
    37th Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region, Kingston, Jamaica: May 2012
    40th Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region, British Virgin Islands – 25th July to 01st August, 2015 

    Affiliations:
    Member, Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn, London England
    Member, Rotary Club of Tortola, British Virgin Islands
    Member, British Virgin Islands Bar Association, Tortola ,BVIs
    Certified Dispute Mediator

    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
    Honourable Marlon Penn

    Address: East End, Tortola BVI

    Office: Minister for Health and Social Development

    Profession: IT Professional

    Constituency: Member for the Eighth District

    Education:
    2001 - 2004
    Temple University, Philadelphia
    BBA in Management Information Systems  

    Marital Status & No. of Children: Single and one (1) Child

    Year First Elected to Parliament: 2011 

    Political Party: National Democratic Party 

    Career:
    2011 
    Present  Government Backbencher  
    Member for the Eighth District 

    2005 - 2011
    Technology Development Manager 
    BVI Financial Services Commission 
    Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    1997 - 2005 
    Systems Analyst 
    BVI Financial Services Commission 
    Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    1995 - 1997 
    Computer Technician
    Information Systems Unit 
    Government of the Virgin Islands
    Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    CPA Conferences, Seminars, Visits Attended:  
    37th Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region, Kingston, Jamaica: May 2012
    50th Canadian Regional Conference, Quebec City, Canada: July 2012 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka: September 2012
    The Malta – Commonwealth Third Country Training Programme Legal Frameworks for ICTs – Malta: 4th – 9th March, 2013.
    3rd Westminster Workshop on Public Accounts Committee, London, England: 24th – 27th June, 2013. 51st Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Canadian Regional Conference Alberta, Canada: 14th – 20th July, 2013.
    Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference United Kingdom International Parliamentary Conference on the Post 2015, November 2013
    11th Session of the Canadian Parliamentary Seminar, Ottawa, Canada  – 1st -7th June, 2014
    Information and Technology (ICTs) and Parliamentarians Workshop, Caribbean, Americas & the Atlantic Region, Trinidad and Tobago, 1st to 4th December, 2014

    Affiliations:
    Member, Rotary Club of Tortola, British Virgin Islands
    BVI Athletic Association 

    Interests/Recreation: World Politics, Sports and Playing Dominoes

    Honourable Marlon A. Penn, Minister for Health and Social Development and District Eight Representative
    Honourable Baba Aziz

    Date of Birth:  7th June 1961   

    Office:  Attorney General’s Chambers   

    Profession:  Attorney-at-Law   

    Education:
    1982-1986  University of Ghana, L.L. B. (Hon)   
    1986-1988  Ghana School of Law Qualifying Certificate in Law. 
    1997-1998  American University, Washington D.C., L.L.M (Washington College of Law)

    Qualifications:
    1988  Called to Ghana Bar  
    1991  Called to Gambia Bar
    1992  Certificate in International Human Rights Law – Hague Academy of International Law and Netherlands Institute of Human Rights
    2006  Certificate on Securities Enforcement and Market oversight:  US Securities and Exchange Commission 2006

    Marital Status:  Single

    Year First Appointed to Parliament:  2010

    Career:
    2015-present  Attorney General
    2013 to 2015  Legal Consultant and Advisor at Law Associates, Accra, Ghana;
    2012 – 2013  Owner/Manager cattle ranch in Ghana
    2010-2011  Attorney General (ag)
    2007 – 2010  Principal Crown Counsel
    2001 – 2007  Senior Crown Counsel
    1999-2001  Private Legal Practitioner – Carrol Law Chambers
    1994-1997  Legal Counsel – Asset Management and Recovery Corporation
    1989-1994  Research Counsel/Private Legal Practitioner, Basangsang Law Chambers, Banjul, Gambia
    Jan-Jul 1989  Research Assistant & Pupil, Johnny Hansen & Co, Accra Ghana

    CPA Conferences, Seminars, Visits Attended
    November 1991: Gambia Bar Association workshop on continuing legal education at Friendship Hostel, Bakau, the Gambia
    October 1993: International Course on International Human Rights Law for Layers, Judges and Legal Practitioners from Africa at the Hauge, Netherlands

    Local, Regional and International Association:
    Caribbean Financial Action Task Force
    Council of Legal Education;
    OECS Chief Parliamentary Counsel Meeting
    Law Revision Center
    Non-Belonger Land Holders License Committee
    Global Forum on Exchange of Tax Information
    Attorney Generals Conference
    National Security Council;
    Financial Services Agency;
    Prerogative of Mercy;
    Criminal Advisory Council;
    National Risk Assessment;
    Joint Anti-Money Laundering Terrorist Financing Advisory Committee  
    MLA (Mutual Legal Assistance) 
    Tax Information Exchange Steering Group
    Head of Department;
    Cabinet
    House of Assembly
    Virgin Islands Legal Council

    Interest/ Recreations: Travelling, Reading, Research
     

    Honourable Baba Aziz, Attorney General
    Ms. Sandra Ward
    Ms. Sandra Ward, Cabinet Secretary of the Government of the Virgin Islands