Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands

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Governor of The Turks and Caicos Islands
Flag of the governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam
since 29 June 2023
StyleHer Excellency
AppointerCharles III
as King of the United Kingdom
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
First holderAlexander Graham Mitchell

The governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the representative of the British monarch in the United Kingdom's British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos Islands. The Governor is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the British government. The role of the governor is to act as the vice-regal representative of the head of state, His Majesty King Charles III. The Governor appoints the Premier and 5 members of the House of Assembly. The official residence of the governor is the Government House of Turks and Caicos Islands, located in Waterloo on the island of Grand Turk.

In August 2009, the United Kingdom suspended the islands' self-government after allegations of ministerial corruption. The prerogative of the ministerial government and the House of Assembly were vested in the Governor until self-government was restored in 2012.

The Governor has her own flag in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Union Flag with the territory's coat of arms superimposed.[1]


The islands were a dependency of Jamaica until that colony received independence in 1962. Afterwards the governor of the Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973.

Governors of The Turks and Caicos Islands[edit]

Image Name Term
Alexander Graham Mitchell 1973–1975
Arthur Christopher Watson 1975–1978
John Clifford Strong 1978–1982
Christopher J. Turner 1982–1987
Michael J. Bradley 1987–1993
Martin Bourke 1993–1996
John Kelly 1996–2000
Mervyn Jones 2000–2002
Cynthia Astwood (acting)
Jim Poston 2002–2005
Mahala Wynns acting 2005
Richard Tauwhare 2005–2008
Mahala Wynns (acting) 2008 – 5 August 2008
Gordon Wetherell 5 August 2008 – 22 August 2011
Martin Stanley (acting) 22 August – 12 September 2011
Ric Todd 12 September 2011 – 15 September 2013
Anya Williams (acting) 15 September – 9 October 2013
Peter Beckingham 9 October 2013 – 10 October 2016
Anya Williams (acting) 10–17 October 2016
John Freeman[2] 17 October 2016 – July 2019
Nigel Dakin[3] 15 July 2019 – 29 March 2023
Anya Williams (acting) 29 March 2023 – 29 June 2023
Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam 29 June 2023 – present


  1. ^ Grieve, Martin (26 June 2004). "Turks and Caicos: Governor's Flag". Flags of the World. Retrieved 5 August 2008. Governor's flag since 1999. Album depicts this and shows the shield's points touching the garaland and blue ribbon.
  2. ^ "Change of Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Change of Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands - July 2019". GOV.UK. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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