List of leaders of dependent territories

This is a list of leaders of dependent territories. A dependent territory is a territory that does not possess full political independence or sovereignty as a sovereign state yet remains politically outside of the controlling state's integral area.[1] This latter condition distinguishes a dependent territory from an autonomous region or administrative division, which forms an integral part of the 'parent' state.

The majority of the world's dependent territories are legacies of nineteenth and twentieth century colonial empires.[2] This list divides the world's inhabited dependent territories roughly into half: those which are dependencies of Commonwealth nations, formerly members of the British Empire and all of which have King Charles III as head of state; and the remainder. Governors, managers or wardens of uninhabited dependent territories are excluded.

Current dependent territory leadersEdit

Seven sovereign states possess one or more dependent territories: the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Norway.

Region, territory or Crown dependency Title Name Since
  Akrotiri and Dhekelia Administrator Rob Thomson 26 September 2019
  American Samoa Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga 3 January 2021
  Anguilla Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam 18 January 2021
Premier Ellis Webster 30 June 2020
  Aruba Governor Alfonso Boekhoudt 1 January 2017
Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes 17 November 2017
  Ashmore and Cartier Islands Administrator[3] Nola Marino 29 May 2019
  Australian Antarctic Territory Administrator[4] Kim Ellis 6 April 2019
  Baker Island Administrator[5] Martha Williams[6] (acting) 20 January 2021
  Bermuda Governor Rena Lalgie 14 December 2020
Premier Edward David Burt 17 July 2017
  Bonaire Lieutenant governor Edison Rijna[7] 1 March 2014
  Bouvet Island Administrator[8] Øystein Mortensen 2 October 2015
  British Antarctic Territory - BAT Commissioner Paul Candler July 2021
Administrator Stuart Doubleday 2016
  British Indian Ocean Territory - BIOT Commissioner Paul Candler July 2021
Administrator Kit Pyman January 2020
  British Virgin Islands Governor John Rankin 29 January 2021
Premier Natalio Wheatley[9] 5 May 2022
  Cayman Islands Governor Martyn Roper 29 October 2018
Premier Wayne Panton 21 April 2021
  Christmas Island Administrator Natasha Griggs 5 October 2017
President of Shire Gordon Thomson[10] 21 October 2013
  Clipperton Island Administrator[11] Annick Girardin 17 May 2017
Commissioner[12] René Bidal 25 May 2016
  Cocos (Keeling) Islands Administrator Natasha Griggs 5 October 2017
President of the Shire Council Aindil Minkom 23 October 2019
  Cook Islands King's Representative Tom Marsters 27 July 2013
High commissioner (New Zealand's Representative) Tui Dewes 24 September 2020
Prime Minister Mark Brown 30 November 2020
  Coral Sea Islands Administrator[3] Nola Marino 29 May 2019
  Curaçao Governor Lucille George-Wout 4 November 2013
Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas 14 June 2021
  Falkland Islands Governor Nigel Phillips 12 September 2017
Chief Executive Andy Keeling 1 May 2021
  French Polynesia High Commissioner Dominique Sorain 8 August 2019
President Édouard Fritch 12 September 2014
  French Southern and Antarctic Lands Administrator-Superior Charles Giusti 12 October 2020
  Gibraltar Governor of Gibraltar David Steel 11 June 2020
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo 9 December 2011
  Guam Governor Lou Leon Guerrero 7 January 2019
  Guernsey Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey Sir Ian Corder 14 March 2016
Bailiff Richard McMahon 9 May 2020
President of the Policy and Resources Committee Peter Ferbrache 16 October 2020
  Heard Island and McDonald Islands Administrator[4] Kim Ellis 6 April 2019
  Howland Island Administrator[5] Martha Williams[6] 20 January 2021
  Isle of Man Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer 29 September 2021
Chief Minister Alfred Cannan 12 October 2021
  Jarvis Island Administrator[5] Martha Williams[6] 20 January 2021
  Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sir Stephen Dalton 13 March 2017
Bailiff Tim Le Cocq 12 October 2019
Chief Minister John Le Fondré 4 June 2018
  Johnston Atoll Administrator[5] Martha Williams[6] 20 January 2021
  Kingman Reef Administrator[5] Martha Williams[6] 20 January 2021
  Midway Atoll Administrator[5] Martha Williams[6] 20 January 2021
  Montserrat Governor Andrew Pearce 1 February 2018
Premier Easton Taylor-Farrell 19 November 2019
  Navassa Island Administrator[5] Martha Williams[6] 20 January 2021
  New Caledonia High Commissioner Patrice Faure 12 June 2021
President of the Government Louis Mapou 8 July 2021
  Niue High Commissioner Helen Tunnah 27 July 2020
Premier Dalton Tagelagi 11 June 2020
  Norfolk Island Administrator Eric Hutchinson 1 April 2017
General Manager Andrew Roach 6 January 2020
Administrator of the Regional Council Michael Colreavy [13] 5 February 2021
  Northern Mariana Islands Governor Ralph Torres 29 December 2015
  Palmyra Atoll Administrator[5] Martha Williams[6] 20 January 2021
Manager[14] vacant March 2009
  Peter I Island Administrator[8] Øystein Mortensen 2 October 2015
  Pitcairn Islands Governor of the Pitcairn Islands[15] Laura Clarke 23 January 2018
Mayor Charlene Warren-Peu 1 January 2020
  Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi 2 January 2021
  Queen Maud Land Administrator[8] Øystein Mortensen 2 October 2015
  Ross Dependency Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro 21 October 2021
Administrator[16] Sarah Williamson June 2019
  Saba Island Governor Jonathan G. A. Johnson 2 July 2008
  Saint Barthelemy Prefect[17] Alexandre Rochatte 10 August 2020
Prefect delegated[18] Vincent Berton 28 Mars 2022
President of the Territorial Council Bruno Magras[19] 15 July 2007
  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Acting Governor Greg Gibson 20 June 2022
Chief Minister of Saint Helena Julie Dorne Thomas 25 October 2021
Administrator of Ascension Island Sean Burns 15 March 2020
Administrator of Tristan da Cunha Fiona Kilpatrick January 2022
  Saint-Martin Prefect[20] Alexandre Rochatte 10 August 2020
Prefect delegated[18] Vincent Berton 28 Mars 2022
President of the Territorial Council Daniel Gibbs 2 April 2017
  Saint Pierre and Miquelon Prefect Christian Pouget 23 January 2021
President of the Territorial Council Bernard Briand 13 October 2020
  Sint Eustatius Government commissioner Alida Francis[21] 18 April 2021
  Sint Maarten Governor Eugene Holiday 10 October 2010
Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs 19 November 2019
  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Commissioner[22] Nigel Phillips 12 September 2017
  Tokelau Administrator Ross Ardern May 2018
Head of Government Kelihiano Kalolo 8 March 2021
  Turks and Caicos Islands Governor Nigel Dakin 15 July 2019
Premier Washington Misick 21 February 2021
  Virgin Islands (U.S.) Governor Albert Bryan 7 January 2019
  Wake Island Administrator[23] Keone Nakoa (acting) 14 September 2021
Governor[24] Peter Beshar 18 March 2022
  Wallis and Futuna Administrator Superior of Wallis and Futuna Hervé Jonathan 11 January 2021
President of the Territorial Assembly Munipoese Muli'aka'aka 25 March 2022

Current leaders of autonomous or insular regionsEdit

Region, territory Title Name Since
  Aceh Governor Vacant
  Adjara Chairman of the Supreme Council Davit Gabaidze 28 November 2016
Chairman of the Government Tornike Rizhvadze 21 July 2018
  Åland Islands Governor Peter Lindbäck 1 April 1999
Chief Minister Veronica Thörnroos 10 December 2019
  Alderney Lieutenant-Governor (of Guernsey) Sir Ian Corder 14 March 2016
President William Tate 28 June 2019
  Andalusia President Juan Manuel Moreno 18 January 2019
  Aosta Valley President Erik Lavévaz 21 October 2020
  Aragon President Javier Lambán 3 July 2015
  Asturias President Adrián Barbón 16 July 2019
  Azad Kashmir President Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry 25 August 2021
Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas 18 April 2022
  Azores Representative of the (Portuguese) Republic Pedro Catarino 11 April 2011
President of the Government José Manuel Bolieiro 24 November 2020
  Balearic Islands President Francina Armengol 30 June 2015
  Bangsamoro Wali Khalipa Usman Nando 29 March 2019
Chief Minister (acting) Murad Ebrahim 22 February 2019
  Barbuda Chairperson of the Barbuda Council Jacklyn Frank 13 April 2021
  Basque Country President (Lehendakari) Iñigo Urkullu 2012
  Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama 25 September 2020
  Catalonia President Pere Aragonès i Garcia 14 May 2018
  Canary Islands President Ángel Víctor Torres 29 September 2020
  Cantabria President Miguel Ángel Revilla 3 July 2015
  Carriacou and Petite Martinique Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Kindra Maturin-Stewart 25 March 2018
  Castile–La Mancha President Emiliano García-Page 1 July 2015
  Castile and León President Alfonso Fernández Mañueco 11 July 2019
Central Papua Governor Vacant
  Ceuta Mayor-President Juan Jesús Vivas Lara 2001
  Corsica Prefect Pascal Lelarge 19 August 2020
President of the Corsican Assembly Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis 1 July 2021
President of the Executive Council Gilles Simeoni 17 December 2015
  Crimea Presidential Representative Tamila Tasheva 25 April 2022
Chairmen of Parliament vacant 15 March 2014
Prime minister vacant 15 March 2014
  Easter Island Provincial Presidential Delegate René De la Puente Hey 14 July 2021
Mayor Pedro Edmunds Paoa 6 December 2012
  Extremadura President Guillermo Fernández Vara 5 July 2015
  Faroe Islands High Commissioner Lene Moyell Johansen 9 May 2017
Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen 16 September 2019
Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina President Marinko Čavara 9 February 2015
Prime Minister Fadil Novalić 16 January 2017
  French Guiana Prefect Thierry Queffelec 28 December 2020
President of the Territorial Authority Gabriel Serville 2 July 2021
  Friuli Venezia Giulia President Massimiliano Fedriga 3 May 2018
  Gagauzia Governor Irina Vlakh 23 March 2015
  Galápagos Islands Chairman of the Governing Council with Special Regime Johan Sotomayor 3 June 2021
  Galicia President Alfonso Rueda 13 May 2022
  Gilgit Baltistan Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon 30 September 2018
Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid 1 December 2020
Gorno-Badakhshan Chairmen of the Executive Committee Alisher Khudoyberdi 5 November 2021
  Greenland High Commissioner Mikaela Engell 1 February 2011
Prime Minister Múte Bourup Egede 23 April 2021
  Guadeloupe Prefect Alexandre Rochatte 10 August 2020
President of the Departmental Council Guy Losbar 1 July 2021
President of the Regional Council Ary Chalus 17 December 2015
Highland Papua Governor Vacant
  Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee 1 July 2022
  Jan Mayen Administrator[25] Tom Cato Karlsen 2 January 2019
  Karakalpakstan Chairmen of Parliament Murad Kamalov 2 October 2020
Chairman of the Council of Ministers Kakhraman Sariyev 14 October 2016
  Kurdistan Region President Nechervan Barzani 10 June 2019
Prime minister Masrour Barzani 10 July 2019
  La Rioja President Concha Andreu 29 August 2019
  Lord Howe Island Chairman of the Lord Howe Island Board Atticus Fleming 1 January 2021
  Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng 20 December 2019
  Madeira Representative of the (Portuguese) Republic Ireneu Barreto 11 April 2011
President of the Government Miguel Albuquerque 20 April 2015
  Madrid President Isabel Díaz Ayuso 19 August 2019
  Macquarie Island Administrator[26] Matthew Groom 31 March 2014
  Martinique Prefect Stanislas Cazelles 27 February 2020
President of the Executive Council Serge Letchimy 2 July 2021
  Mayotte Prefect Thierry Suquet 12 July 2021
President of the Departmental Council Ben Issa Ousseni 1 July 2021
  Melilla Mayor-President Eduardo de Castro González 15 June 2019
  Mount Athos Head of State[27] Nikos Dendias 9 July 2019
Civil Governor[28] Athanásios Martínos 9 October 2019
Spiritual Leader[29] Bartholomew I 22 October 1991
Protos[30] géron Georgios
(Vatopedi)
14 June 2021
  Murcia President Fernando López Miras 3 May 2017
  Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Chairmen of the Supreme Assembly Vasif Talıbov 16 December 1995
Prime minister Alovsat Bakhshiyev 2000
  Navarre President María Chivite 6 August 2019
  Nevis Deputy Governor-General (for Nevis) Hyleta Liburd 31 August 2018
Premier Mark Brantley 19 December 2017
Northern Ireland Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis 13 February 2020
First Minister[31] Vacant [32] 3 February 2022
Deputy First Minister[33] Vacant [32] 3 February 2022
  Papua Governor Vacant
  Principe President of the Regional Government Filipe Nascimento 18 August 2020
  Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović 19 November 2018
Prime Minister Radovan Višković 19 December 2018
  Réunion Prefect Jacques Billant 17 June 2019
President of the Departmental Council Cyrille Melchior 18 December 2017
President of the Regional Council Huguette Bello 2 July 2021
  Rodrigues Chief Commissioner Johnson Roussety[34] 5 March 2022
Chief Executive Jean-Claude Pierre-Louis[35] 21 March 2022
  Sardinia President Christian Solinas 20 March 2019
  Scotland Secretary of State for Scotland Alister William Jack 25 July 2019
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon 19 November 2014
  Sicily President Nello Musumeci 18 November 2017
South Papua Governor Vacant
  Svalbard Governor Lars Fause 24 June 2021
  Tobago Chief Secretary of the House of Assembly Farley Chavez Augustine 9 December 2021
Torres Strait Islands Chairperson of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Pedro Stephen Napau October 2016
  Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol President Maurizio Fugatti 2 November 2018
  Valencian Community President Ximo Puig 25 June 2015
  Wales Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart 16 December 2019
First Minister Mark Drakeford 12 December 2018
  Vojvodina President of the Government Igor Mirović 20 June 2016
  West Papua Governor
  Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X 3 October 1998
  Zanzibar President Hussein Mwinyi 3 November 2020

Leaders of dependent Commonwealth territoriesEdit

State Government Head of state Represented by Head of government
  Anguilla Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam Premier Ellis Webster
  Bermuda Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Rena Lalgie Premier Edward David Burt
  British Virgin Islands Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor John Rankin Premier Natalio Wheatley
  Cayman Islands Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Martyn Roper Premier Alden McLaughlin
  Christmas Island Non-self-governing dependency King Charles III of Australia Administrator Natasha Griggs
  Cocos (Keeling) Islands Non-self-governing dependency King Charles III of Australia Administrator Natasha Griggs
  Cook Islands Parliamentary democracy
in free-association with New Zealand
King Charles III of New Zealand King's Representative (not otherwise styled) Tom Marsters Prime Minister Henry Puna
  Falkland Islands Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Nigel Phillips Chief Executive Barry Rowland
  Gibraltar Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Edward Davis Chief Minister Fabian Picardo
  Guernsey Crown dependency King Charles III of the United Kingdom
(as Duke of Normandy)
Lieutenant-Governor Sir Ian Corder Bailiff Sir Richard Collas
President Gavin St Pier
  Isle of Man Crown dependency King Charles III of the United Kingdom
(as Lord of Mann)
Lieutenant-Governor Sir Richard Gozney Chief Minister Howard Quayle
  Jersey Crown dependency King Charles III of the United Kingdom
(as Duke of Normandy)
Lieutenant-Governor Sir Stephen Dalton Bailiff Sir William Bailhache
Chief Minister Ian Gorst
  Montserrat Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Andrew Pearce Premier Easton Taylor-Farrell
  Niue Parliamentary democracy
in free-association with New Zealand
King Charles III of New Zealand High Commissioner Kirk Yates Premier Dalton Tagelagi
  Norfolk Island Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of Australia Administrator Eric Hutchinson Self-government abolished in 2015
  Pitcairn Islands Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Laura Clarke Mayor Charlene Warren-Peu
  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Non-self-governing dependency King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Philip Rushbrook
  Tokelau Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of New Zealand Administrator Ross Ardern Head of Government Kerisiano Kalolo
  Turks and Caicos Islands Parliamentary democracy King Charles III of the United Kingdom Governor Nigel Dakin Premier Washington Misick

Leaders of dependent non-Commonwealth territoriesEdit

State Government Head of state Head of territory Head of government
  Åland Gubernatorial democracy President Sauli Niinistö of Finland, represented by Governor Peter Lindbäck Premier Veronica Thörnroos
  American Samoa Gubernatorial democracy President Joe Biden of the United States Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga
  Aruba Parliamentary democracy King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, represented by Governor Alfonso Boekhoudt Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes
  Curaçao Parliamentary democracy King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, represented by Governor Lucille George-Wout Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath
  Faroe Islands Parliamentary democracy Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, represented by High Commissioner Lene Moyell Johansen Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen
  French Polynesia Presidential democracy President Emmanuel Macron of France, represented by High Commissioner Dominique Sorain President Édouard Fritch
  Greenland Parliamentary democracy Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, represented by High Commissioner Mikaela Engell Prime Minister Kim Kielsen
  Guam Gubernatorial democracy President Joe Biden of the United States Governor Lou Leon Guerrero
  New Caledonia Parliamentary democracy President Emmanuel Macron of France, represented by High Commissioner Laurent Prévost President of the Government Louis Mapou
  Northern Mariana Islands Gubernatorial democracy President Joe Biden of the United States Governor Ralph Torres
  Puerto Rico Gubernatorial democracy President Joe Biden of the United States Governor Pedro Pierluisi
  Sint Maarten Parliamentary democracy King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, represented by Governor Eugene Holiday Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs
  U.S. Virgin Islands Gubernatorial democracy President Joe Biden of the United States Governor Albert Bryan
  Wallis and Futuna Presidential democracy President Emmanuel Macron of France, represented by Administrator-Superior Hervé Jonathan President of the Territorial Assembly Nivaleta Iloai

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1514
  2. ^ Armstrong, H. W., and R. Read. 2000. "Comparing the Economic Performance of Dependent Territories and Sovereign Microstates". Economic Development and Cultural Change 48 (2). 285–306. doi:10.1086/452459.
  3. ^ a b Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories
  4. ^ a b Director of the Australian Antarctic Division.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Acting to 8 March 2022.
  7. ^ Acting to 22 Aug 2014.
  8. ^ a b c Director of the Polar Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security.
  9. ^ "Acting BVI Premier Against Any Suspension of the Constitution". Loop Caribbean News. 29 April 2022. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  10. ^ Previously from 2003 – 14 October 2011.
  11. ^ Since 21 February 2007, directly administered by the French minister of Overseas France.
  12. ^ The authority of the French minister of Overseas France on Clipperton Island is delegated to the High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia
  13. ^ Interim to 6 December 2021.
  14. ^ Director of Program Palmyra of The Nature Conservancy.
  15. ^ The British high commissioner to New Zealand.
  16. ^ Chief Executive Officer of Antarctica New Zealand.
  17. ^ The prefect of Guadeloupe is also state representative in Saint-Barthelemy from 9 July 2007.
  18. ^ a b Delegated by the prefect of Guadeloupe
  19. ^ Mayor from June 1995 to 15 July 2007.
  20. ^ The prefect of Guadeloupe is also state representative in Saint-Martin from 9 July 2007.
  21. ^ Acting to 22 June 2021.
  22. ^ Since 3 October 1985, the governor of the Falkland Islands.
  23. ^ Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs.
  24. ^ Also General Counsel of the US Air Force.
  25. ^ Since 1 January 1995, Jan Mayen is administered by the governor of Nordland county.
  26. ^ Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage of Tasmania.
  27. ^ Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Greek government.
  28. ^ The Civil Governor of the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos is appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Greek government.
  29. ^ Ecumenical Patriarchs of Constantinople.
  30. ^ Dean of the Holy Epistasis of the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos.
  31. ^ Jointly with the Deputy First Minister
  32. ^ a b "DUP: NI First Minister Paul Givan announces resignation". BBC News. 3 February 2022. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  33. ^ Jointly with the First Minister
  34. ^ Previously chef commissaire from 4 August 2006 to 12 January 2011.
  35. ^ Previously Chief Executive from 24 October 2004 to 5 March 2010.

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