Peter Beckingham

Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

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22nd July 2016 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

24 hours of democracy in action and its impact on Turks and Caicos Islands and other Overseas Territories

I was delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to welcome to the Turks and  Caicos Islands on 20 and 21 July the Premiers, Chief Ministers and Ministers from no less than seven Overseas Territories: Anguilla,  Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat.  This is also a big honour for TCI, and a […]

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23rd June 2016 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Elizabeth Radford

Senior UK Overseas Territories Officer with the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds

Securing pockets of paradise in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Little Water Cay

Elizabeth Radford, Senior UK Overseas Territories Officer with the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds, talks about her recent visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands where RSPB is working with local partners on site conservation.  It was an overcast day in May when I climbed into a little motor boat and bounced across […]

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3rd June 2016 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

Havana – an exotic destination – and competition? Only a step away from Turks and Caicos

Central Havana

Travelling to any new destination is always exciting, and a visit I made to Havana recently met all my expectations. Given President Obama’s recent visit there, and the Rolling Stones free performance in front of about one million people, Havana and Cuba are certainly high on the list of many people’s “must visit” locations. Thanks […]

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7th April 2016 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks & Caicos and Bermuda: Shared Heritages and World Heritage

White House, Salt Cay at dawn

During a brief visit to Bermuda to meet my fellow Governors in the region I was fortunate to meet Dr Edward Harris MBE, the director of the superb National Museum of Bermuda. He explained some of the earliest links between our two countries, and at my request has kindly contributed the following piece about  our […]

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3rd March 2016 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

TURKS AND CAICOS PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHT IN THE REGION

Wilton Park Conference, Kingston

It can be useful, once in a while, to step back from day-to-day work and look at what we are trying to achieve against a wider background. I was able to do that for a couple of days in February when the Deputy Premier Akierra Missick and  I attended a “brain-storming session”, for want of […]

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19th February 2016 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

BOOSTING THE TIES WITH CANADA AND THE DR

Building closer and more productive relations with other countries is the key part of many diplomats’ work,  and it is also vital for many Overseas Territories. Turks and Caicos Islands is no exception, and there have been two examples recently of how our Territory can benefit from working to enhance our relationship with neighbours. In […]

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22nd January 2016 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

VALUING OUR PAST – A MUSEUM FOR ALL OUR SCHOOLCHILDREN

Waterloo Governor's Residence

I’ve always been a big fan of museums, and working in the Caribbean hasn’t changed my view. The Museum of Slavery in Nassau presents a detailed, and disturbing, account of the impact of slavery in the Bahamas, and museums in St Kitts and Nevis portray a fascinating picture of life before independence. Nelson’s Dockyard in […]

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14th December 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

MARKING INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY ON RADIO IN THE CARIBBEAN

Congratulations to the TCI Human Rights Commission, and it’s director Doreen Quelch-Missick, on arranging a stimulating morning’s conversation on Radio Turks and Caicos on Thursday, 10 December, to mark International Human Rights Day. With guests from government, opposition and civil society the programme was a great boost to the key work of the Commission. In my […]

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9th November 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOVERNOR AND A DIPLOMAT?

Mumbai

One of the questions I am most frequently asked in Turks and Caicos, and by friends in the UK, is “what is the difference between being a Governor and a Diplomat?” It’s not an easy one  to answer, but here are some of the bigger differences. Compared to most of my jobs with the Foreign […]

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2nd October 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

PROMOTING THE UK OVERSEAS TERRITORIES IN THE CARIBBEAN AND BEYOND

Question: What do you call a meeting of British Overseas Territories’ Caribbean Governors? Caribguvs…. Britguvs…..? Unlike CHOGM ( Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting), with a convenient shorthand, no acronym  seems to roll off the tongue so easily. But nonetheless the Governors of the  five Caribbean Territories – Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and […]

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About Peter Beckingham

Before becoming Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands in
October 2013, Peter was British Deputy High Commissioner to India, based
in Mumbai, the commercial capital, where he had a responsibility for
developing UK-India trade and investment. His earlier appointments have
included Consul-General and Director-General of Trade and Investment in
Sydney, and British Ambassador to the Philippines, where he initiated
the UK Government’s involvement in a peace process with the Philippine
Government and Muslim rebel groups.
Peter is married to Jill, a teacher of special needs, and they have
two grown up children. His outside interests include cricket, golf and
running.

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