The Premier of the Cayman Islands is the political leader and head of government. The post of premier in the Cayman Islands is the equivalent to chief minister or prime minister in other British Overseas Territories. It is the highest political level that can be attained within the British overseas territory. Prior to 2009, the position was known as Leader of Government Business.
|Premier of the Cayman Islands|
since 21 April 2021
|Appointer||Governor of the Cayman Islands|
|Term length||At the Governor's pleasure|
|Formation||8 November 1992|
|First holder||Thomas Jefferson|
as Leader of Government Business
|Website||Office of the Premier|
The premier and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to King Charles III, to the Parliament of the Cayman Islands, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate.
The current premier is Wayne Panton, since 21 April 2021.
Until 2003 the position had no official recognition, but it was formalized by a constitutional amendment in June 2003, as the Leader of Government Business along with the Leader of the Opposition. Further constitutional amendments in 2009 modified the name to Premier.
(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)
|Independent CDP PPM|
|Term of office||Political party||Elected||Notes|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|Leaders of Government Business (non-statutory) (1992–2003)|
|25 November 1992||26 April 1995||2 years, 152 days||Independent||1992|
|26 April 1995||15 November 2000||5 years, 203 days||Independent||1996|
|15 November 2000||8 November 2001||358 days||Independent||2000||First tenure|
|9 November 2001||30 June 2003||1 year, 234 days||Cayman Democratic Party||—||First tenure|
|Leaders of Government Business (statutory) (2003–2009)|
|30 June 2003||18 May 2005||1 year, 322 days||Cayman Democratic Party||—|
|18 May 2005||27 May 2009||4 years, 9 days||People's Progressive Movement||2005||Second tenure|
|27 May 2009||5 November 2009||162 days||Cayman Democratic Party||2009||Second tenure|
|6 November 2009||19 December 2012||3 years, 43 days||Cayman Democratic Party||—|
|19 December 2012||29 May 2013||161 days||Cayman Democratic Party||—|
|29 May 2013||21 April 2021||7 years, 327 days||People's Progressive Movement||2013
|21 April 2021||Incumbent||1 year, 336 days||Independent||2021|
- ^ "The Cayman Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2003". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
- ^ "Cayman Islands: Annual Review 1995" (PDF). Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
- ^ "Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly Official Hansard Report 2001 Session" (PDF). Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
- ^ "Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly Official Hansard Report 2003/4 Session" (PDF). p. 438. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
Cayman Islands Government Portal:
- "Message from the LoGB - The National Hurricane Plan"
- "Members of the Legislature (MLAs)"
- Election Office