Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the political leader and head of government. The post of Premier 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 colonial system. Prior to 2006, the position was known as the Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

since 20 December 2016
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Term lengthAt the Governor's pleasure
Formation31 August 1976
First holderJames Alexander George Smith McCartney
as Chief Minister

The Premier and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to Queen Elizabeth II, to the House of Assembly, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate.

The current Premier is Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, since 20 December 2016.

Constitutional backgroundEdit

A new constitution, after being laid in the Turks and Caicos parliament and receiving Queen Elizabeth II's signature, entered into force on 9 August 2006. The new constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands changed the title of Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister to Premier and Deputy Premier.

On 14 August 2009, the United Kingdom suspended the Turks and Caicos' self-government after allegations of ministerial corruption. The prerogative of the ministerial government and the House of Assembly are vested in the islands' incumbent governor for a period of up to two years, with possible extensions.


(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Political Affiliation Notes
Took Office Left Office
Chief Ministers (1976–2006)
1 James Alexander George Smith McCartney
31 August 1976 9 May 1980 People's Democratic Movement Died in office
2 Oswald Skippings
19 June 1980 November 1980 People's Democratic Movement First tenure
3 Norman Saunders
November 1980 28 March 1985 Progressive National Party
4 Nathaniel Francis
28 March 1985 25 July 1986 Progressive National Party
Office suspended (25 July 1986 – 3 March 1988)
(2) Oswald Skippings
3 March 1988 April 1991 People's Democratic Movement Second tenure
5 Washington Misick
April 1991 31 January 1995 Progressive National Party
6 Derek Hugh Taylor
31 January 1995 15 August 2003 People's Democratic Movement
7 Michael Misick
15 August 2003 9 August 2006 Progressive National Party Brother of Washington Misick
Premiers (2009–present)
1 Michael Misick
9 August 2006 23 March 2009 Progressive National Party
2 Galmo Williams
23 March 2009 14 August 2009 Progressive National Party
Office suspended (14 August 2009 – 13 November 2012)
3 Rufus Ewing
13 November 2012 20 December 2016 Progressive National Party
4 Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson
20 December 2016 Incumbent People's Democratic Movement

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