Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands

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.

Governor of The Turks and Caicos Islands
Flag of the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Nigel Dakin
since 15 July 2019
StyleHis Excellency
AppointerCharles III
as King of the United Kingdom
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
First holderAlexander Graham Mitchell

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

Nigel Dakin is the current Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands. On 15 December 2022, the Foreign, Commonwealth, & Development Office announced that the current Governor of the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla, Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, would be succeeding Nigel Dakin as Governor in June 2023.


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

Term Incumbent Notes
1973–1975 Alexander Graham Mitchell
1975–1978 Arthur Christopher Watson
1978–1982 John Clifford Strong
1982–1987 Christopher J. Turner
1987–1993 Michael J. Bradley
1993–1996 Martin Bourke
1996–2000 John Kelly
2000–2002 Mervyn Jones
2002 Cynthia Astwoodacting
2002–2005 Jim Poston
2005 Mahala Wynnsacting
2005–2008 Richard Tauwhare
2008 – 5 August 2008 Mahala Wynnsacting
5 August 2008 – 22 August 2011 Gordon Wetherell
22 August – 12 September 2011 Martin Stanleyacting
12 September 2011 – 15 September 2013 Ric Todd
15 September – 9 October 2013 Anya Williamsacting
9 October 2013 – 10 October 2016 Peter Beckingham
10–17 October 2016 Anya Williamsacting
17 October 2016 – July 2019 John Freeman[2]
15 July 2019 – present Nigel Dakin[3]


  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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