Civilians on Anti-Corruption Duty
His Excellency the Governor Duncan Taylor, CBE, is delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Peter Allen and Mr. Leonard Ebanks to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The commission was created in accordance to section 3 of Cayman's Anti-Corruption Law which came into effect on 1 January 2010. This body will be responsible for administering the law and other members are the Commissioner of Police (chairperson), the Complaints Commissioner and the Auditor General.
In short, the commission's purpose is to:
- Receive, consider and investigate any report of corruption, including any attempted offences or conspiracies to commit corruption.
- Receive and (as permitted under the law) request, analyse and disseminate any information about corruption or suspected corruption.
- Assist overseas anti-corruption authorities with corruption investigations.
Furthermore, the Anti-Corruption Commission has the power, under the law and with the assistance of the Grand Court, to order a freeze on a person's bank account or property for up to 21 days if there is reasonable cause to believe that the person is involved in corruption.
Commission members can also request banks and other entities to release information needed in corruption investigations.
Sir Peter Allen, a permanent resident of Cayman for the past 20 years, has led a fascinating and adventurous life. After serving for eight years in the British Royal Artillery, Sir Peter joined Uganda's British Colonial Police, where he served for eight years as Assistant Superintendent.
Following this, Sir Peter taught at the Uganda Law School, eventually serving as the school's principal. In 1970 Sir Peter became the Uganda Judiciary's Chief Magistrate and was later appointed as judge - serving at a challenging time of bloody revolt and governmental change in that country.
In 1985, Sir Peter was appointed Chief Justice of Uganda, a post he held until he left the country a year later.
For his many years of selfless service to the British Empire, Sir Peter was knighted in the New Year's Honours of 1987. Shortly thereafter he retired to Grand Cayman where he has acted several times as a judge and chaired two Commissions of Inquiry.
Sir Peter has also published several books about his experiences in Uganda including Interesting Times.
Mr. Leonard Ebanks, who retired in 2004, had a distinguished banking career spanning 40 years. This included senior banking positions in Jamaica, St. Lucia and the Cayman Islands. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd, a position he held for over 23 years. He also holds the distinction of being the first Caymanian branch manager of a major international bank.
Spanning four decades, Mr. Ebanks' community and public service record is as outstanding as his banking career. He served on numerous government boards including as chairman of Cayman Airways Ltd and The National Housing Development Trust.
In May 2001, he became one of three Constitutional Review Commissioners, marking the first time that Caymanians have been appointed to review their Constitution.
Mr. Ebanks currently is a trustee of the Public Service Pensions Board, serving as a member on the Human Resources and Investment committees, and chairman of the Audit Committee.
Appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1987, he sits regularly on the Juvenile Court Bench and has served in the Youth and Summary Court. He also served as president of the Justices of the Peace Association.
He is an active member of the John Gray Memorial Church in West Bay, a United Church congregation, and currently serves as treasurer. He is also chairs the Finance and Property Committee of the Council of The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
Mr. Ebanks is married to Carol Ann, a recipient of the Certificate and Badge of Honour. The couple has two children, and three grandchildren.