New Turks and Caicos governor to be sworn in 9 October
The new Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will be sworn into office on Wednesday, 9 October, it was announced by Acting Governor of the UK Overseas Territory, the Hon Anya Williams, this past Monday, 25 September 2013.
Peter Beckingham will arrive on the TCI the day before his swearing in, which takes place at the TCI House of Assembly Building on Grand Turk, the nation’s capital.
Immediately after the ceremony, he will host his first news conference in the islands at his official residence, Waterloo. There will be a reception there in the evening, where he will introduce himself to key figures from TCI political, commercial and civic life.
Business, trade and development have been central themes of Beckingham’s diplomatic career, and he is also very much looking forward to meeting with the islands’ business groups and enterprises at the earliest opportunity to investigate opportunities.
Mr Beckingham was previously Deputy High Commissioner in India, heading the Mumbai –Western Indian offices. His other UK overseas appointments include Ambassador to the Philippines (and non-resident Ambassador to Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands), Consul-General and Director-General of Trade and Investment Sydney, and Director British Information Services New York. He was a Director of the Joint FCO/DTI Export Promotion Directorate in London, ran the commercial section of the Embassy in Stockholm, and had a short-term secondment to Cadbury-Schweppes.
The previous Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ric Todd, is to become the next British High Commissioner to Cyprus in April 2014.