Peter Beckingham

Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

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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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11th September 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

TURKS AND CAICOS VERSUS THE CARIBBEAN: THE WINNER IS…………

Grand Turk

One of the best ways of improving a business is to take a careful look at your competitors. I was able to do just that recently, with a short visit to the Eastern Caribbean, where Jill and I saw in a few days holiday what sort of attractions St Maarten (Dutch), St Martin (French), Anguilla […]

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10th August 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

12 STOREY NAVAL VESSEL BOOSTS TCI’S SECURITY – AND SPORTING PROWESS

A visit by a large and imposing naval vessel to most ports is a memorable sight, and the arrival of the Royal Feet Auxiliary’s “Lyme Bay” ship was no exception, dominating  Grand Turk’s skyline this month. Over 12 storeys, so nearly as high as the massive cruise ships arriving here, Lyme Bay carried over 150 […]

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2nd July 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

Celebrating Waterloo in the Caribbean

While the ceremonies to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo took place in Europe, tucked away in a corner of the Caribbean a more modest event  with some 100 participants, including the Premier of TCI and former Chief Ministers,  was held to mark another “Waterloo”. In 1815 a wealthy Bermudan salt merchant, […]

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10th June 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

A rare visit to one of the Caribbean's last uninhabited paradises

There can be few more idyllic and peaceful settings for breakfast than Daniel’s cafe in Middle Caicos. Fuelled with the owner’s delicious conch grits, and his warm welcome, our small expedition set off with another local, boatman Dolphus Arthur, to our destination – the Caribbean’s largest uninhabited island, East Caicos. The sheer remoteness of East […]

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29th April 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

RAISING THE FAMILY ISLANDS' PROFILE

There can be few more enjoyable occupations on a Saturday morning than strolling along Grand Turk’s Front Street, past some of the exquisite old buildings like the wonderfully named “Ebenezer” 7th Day Adventist Church and the 19th century home which now houses the national museum. These great reminders of Grand Turk’s history are all set […]

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22nd April 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

Global Law Summit: Respect for the Rule of Law 800 years after Magna Carta

I am delighted to have the following guest blog from our distinguished Attorney General, Ms Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles OBE, (pictured right with the Lord Chancellor and fellow AGs from Montserrat and the Cayman Islands), the first citizen of TCI and the first woman to hold the position – Peter Beckingham, Governor, TCI. Global Law Summit: Respect for […]

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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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