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Cayman Islands Government

New Deputy Governor Announced

Mr. Franz Manderson.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. William Hague, has approved the recommendation of His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Duncan Taylor, that Mr. Franz Manderson be appointed as the next Deputy Governor of the Cayman Islands and Head of the Civil Service.

Mr. Manderson will take up the position on the retirement of Mr. Donovan Ebanks in January 2012.

The Governor recommended Mr. Manderson for the appointment following an open recruitment process.

The Governor chaired a recruitment panel which also included Mr. Colin Ross MBE, Chair of the Civil Service Appeals Commission and former Deputy Head of the Civil Service and Mr. Dan Scott, Regional Managing Partner of Ernst and Young, Chair of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and a member of the National Security Council. The panel were unanimous in recommending Mr. Manderson for the position.

Mr. Manderson has a long and distinguished public service career. He joined the Immigration Department as a Clerical Officer in 1981.

He progressed quickly through the ranks and within ten years was promoted to Assistant Chief Immigration Officer.

After four years in that position Mr. Manderson was promoted to Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, a position he held for eight years. During this time Mr. Manderson also completed a Law Degree at the Cayman Islands Law School and took a year out of government to do his articles with Walkers after which he was called to the Caymanian Bar.

In 2003 Mr. Manderson became the Chief Immigration Officer, a post he held for five years.

In 2009, Mr. Manderson was appointed Chief Officer, Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs. During his time as Chief Officer he has improved the strategic effectiveness of the Portfolio and has overseen the introduction of key pieces of crime-reduction legislation: the Alternative Sentencing Law, the Police Law and the Information and Communications Technology Authority Regulations. He has also led a number of initiatives aimed at promoting security, including the National CCTV Programme.

Governor Duncan Taylor commented that “I am delighted that we have a person of Mr. Manderson’s calibre to be the next Deputy Governor. In my year and a half in the Cayman Islands I have learnt that Mr. Manderson is a widely respected individual both within and outside the Civil Service. His skills, experience and personality will be invaluable as he leads the Civil Service through challenging times. I am confident that Mr. Manderson has the ability to provide the high quality leadership the Civil Service needs in the years ahead.”

The Governor acknowledged the sterling work of Mr. Donovan Ebanks as Chief Secretary and Deputy Governor and the significant changes he had brought about in the culture of the Civil Service.

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver