Governor of the Cayman Islands

Governor of the Cayman Islands
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Coat of arms of the Cayman Islands
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Standard of the Governor of the Cayman Islands
Franz Manderson
since 29 March 2023
StyleHis Excellency
Member ofForeign, Commonwealth and Development Office
ResidenceGovernment House,
Cayman Islands
AppointerMonarch of the United Kingdom
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
First holderWilliam Cartwright
DeputyDeputy Governor of The Cayman Islands
WebsiteOffice of the Governor

The Governor of the Cayman Islands is the representative of the British monarch in the United Kingdom's overseas territory of the Cayman Islands. The Governor, a civil servant who has in modern times typically been a British subject normally resident in the United Kingdom, is appointed by the monarch from the staff of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on the advice of the British government. The role of the Governor is to act as the de facto head of state, and is responsible for appointing the Premier, who is the leader of the party with a majority of seats in the Legislature.

The Governorship was held by Martyn Roper since October 2018 till end of March 2023. Deputy Governor is currently holding the post while the transition process continues. Governor Designate Jane Owen was announced as new Governor to take post second half of April 2023.

The Governor has his own flag, the Union Flag defaced with the territory's coat of arms. The official residence of the Governor is Government House in Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.


Until 1962, the Cayman Islands were administered as a dependency of Jamaica. When Jamaica gained independence, the Islands were split and became a separate Crown colony. An Administrator was appointed to the Islands from 1959. After 1971, the British Government appointed a Governor. In 2013 Helen Kilpatrick became the Cayman Island's First Female Governor. In 2023 Jane Owen became the Island's Second Female Governor.

List of chief magistrates of the Cayman Islands

  • William Cartwright (1750–1776)
  • William Bodden (1776–1823)
  • James Coe the Elder (1823–1829)
  • John Drayton (1829–1842)
  • James Coe the Younger (1842–1855)
  • William Eden (1855–1879)
  • William Bodden Webster (1879–1888)
  • Edmund Parsons (1888–1907)

List of commissioners of the Cayman Islands

  • Frederick Shedden Sanguinetti (1898–1906)
  • George Stephenson Hirst (1907–1912)
  • Arthur C Robinson (1912–1919)
  • Hugh Houston Hutchings (1919–1929)
  • Captain G. H. Frith (1929–1931)
  • Ernest Arthur Weston (1931–1934)
  • Allan Wolsey Cardinall, CMG (later Sir Allan) (1934–1940)
  • Albert C. Panton Snr, MBE (acting) (1940–1941)
  • John Perry Jones (1941–1946)
  • Ivor Otterbein Smith (later CMG, OBE) (1946–1952)
  • Andrew Morris Gerrard, CMG (1952–1956)
  • Alan Hillard Donald (1956 – 4 July 1959)

List of administrators of the Cayman Islands

List of governors of the Cayman Islands

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