Thursday 25 April, 2019

JUST IN: Governor’s Office announces newly appointed Cayman Governor

The Governor’s Office on Friday announced that Martyn Keith Roper has been appointed to the role of Governor of the Cayman Islands.

The announcement follows the mysterious departure of the previous governor Anwar Choudhury, who had been temporarily withdrawn from his post to allow for investigations into a number of complaints against him.

It was disclosed in September that Choudhury would not return to the post.

The newly appointed  Martyn Keith Roper has been described as a highly experienced career diplomat with a successful track record in senior corporate leadership roles across the world

The 53-year-old Englishman was previously minister and deputy head of mission in Beijing where he was responsible for a network of over 800 people across five diplomatic posts.

His earlier career includes postings to Algeria as the UK Ambassador, Deputy Head of Mission in Brasilia and as First Secretary Economics and Development with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Martyn has previous experience working with the British Overseas Territories from his time as Head of the Gibraltar Section at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London when he had specific responsibility for policy concerning law and order, justice and good governance.

During his time with the United Nations in the early part of the 1990s his role included the Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24).

He was also Vice Consul in Kuwait at the time of the outbreak of the first Gulf War and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2013 on his return to the UK from his posting in Algeria.

Roper is married with two children and is said to be a keen cyclist and also enjoys tennis and reading in his spare time.


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