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 

    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 Ronnie W. Skelton

    Office: Minister for Health and Social Development 

    Profession:   Engineer 

    Constituency: Territorial Member 

    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  

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

    Year First Elected To Parliament: 1999  

    Politicial Party: National Democratic Party     

    Career:
    2011 to present Minister for Health and Social  Development, Territorial Member
    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 

    CPA Conferences, Seminars, Visits Attended:
    BVI Branch Annual Parliamentary Visit–Africa, June 2001
    46th CPA Conference and 20th Conference for Small Countries–London, September 2000
    45th CPA Conference and 19th CPA Conference for Small Countries–Trinidad and Tobago, September 1999
    BVI Branch Parliamentary Seminar–Tortola, June 1999 

    Affiliations:
    Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineer, USA
    Powers Engineer Society, USA
    Institute of Electrical Engineers, United Kingdom
    Chartered Engineer, United Kingdom 
    The Society of Engineers, United Kingdom
    International Who’s Who of Professionals
    American Management Association
    Member, Rotary Club of Road Town, British Virgin Islands 

    Interest/ Recreations: 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 

    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
    Ms. Sandra Ward
    Ms. Sandra Ward, Cabinet Secretary of the Government of the Virgin Islands