The next governor – the 16th - for the Turks and Caicos Islands will be a woman, Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratam, current Governor His Excellency Nigel has confirmed on his Instagram page.
Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratam will be the first female governor of the TCI in recent memory.
This means that the TCI can now boast that it will be among a small number of countries, if not the first, to have women at the top of its affairs, including the executive, legislative and the judiciary.
Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson served as premier (head of the legislature) for the TCI between 2016 and 2020. Her Excellency Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles is the current attorney general (head of the judiciary) of the TCI. And now, with Daniel-Selvaratnam’s arrival, the TCI will have its first head of the executive (the governor).
“Having briefed the premier, I can confirm to you that the next Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands has now been confirmed by His Majesty the King,” Dakin said in his post.
Daniel-Selvaratnam will leave her brief and current job as Governor of Anguilla to assume this new role. She has been governor to this sister overseas territory since 2021.
Prior to her current role, Daniel-Selvaratnam, who was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999, served as Cabinet Office, Director, Grenfell Tower Independent Public Inquiry
between 2017 to 2021. She also served, between 2015 and 2017, at the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as Director of Strategy and Change, The Insolvency Service.
Between 2011 and 2015, Daniel-Selvaratnam served in the Ministry of Justice as Deputy Director of Strategy and Change, HM Courts and Tribunal Service.
Between 2010 and 2011 she served in the Ministry of Justice as Deputy Head of Offender Management Strategy. In 2010 she served in that same ministry as Secretary to the Omand Review.
Between 2007 and 2010 she served in the Ministry of Justice, as Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Justice. Between 2004 and 2007, she served as policy advisor in the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
Daniel-Selvaratnam graduated from the University of London in 2000, with Master of Laws (LLM), Public International Law.
“I am delighted that the 16th Governor will come to us having served as the governor of Anguilla,” Governor Dakin said. “I have come to know her Excellency Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratam well over the last two years. Indeed, she has visited the TCI during my time as governor, and I am very much like and respect her as both a colleague and a friend.”
Governor Dakin added: “The premier has had time with her Excellency during her visit to TCI and also while in London at the Royal Funeral…the Deputy Governor (Her Excellency Anya Williams) likewise in the TCI.”
Governor Dakin is of the view that he would be pass on the baton to someone who is more than capable to manage the affairs of these islands, stating that she will arrive here well versed on the knowledge of the TCI.
“I believe the islands will find Her Excellency as engaging as she is professional.”