Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Winston Baldwin Spencer was born in Antigua on 8 October 1948. He is a proud product of the Grays-Green community and a graduate of the Greenbay Primary School and the Princess Margaret Secondary School.
Spencer’s academic qualifications reflect a rigorous course of study that is cosmopolitan in scope. He received a diploma in Social Leadership from the Coady International Institute in Canada and Diplomas in Labour and Economic Studies and Labour and Industrial Relation Systems from Oxford’s Ruskin College and Norway’s Oslo University, respectively. W. Baldwin Spencer has spent over quarter of a century in labour negotiations, serving in the highest positions in the Trade Union Movement and politics. Most notable are:
- 1st Vice President of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU)
- Assistant General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union
- President of the Caribbean Maritime and Aviation Council
- Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives
Mr. Spencer entered the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda in 1989 in a successful bid to represent the people of the St. Johns Rural West Constituency. He has been and continues to be a vigorous advocate on behalf of his constituents for over two decades. Over the course of his career in Public Service, Mr. Spencer has established himself as an integral part of Antigua’s social fabric. His involvement includes:
- Antigua Football Association
- Antigua Crick Association
- Antigua Steelband Association
- Halcyon Steel Orchestra (Manager)
- Past Pupils and Teachers Association of the Green Bay Government School
- King George V Restoration Society (Ex-Officio Member and Advisor)
- Empire Football Club (Immediate Past President)
Mr. Spencer continues to have special interests in cricket, football, steelband, reading and social interpretation.
On the international stage, Prime Minister Spencer served as the Chairperson of the Grop of 77 and China at the United Nations in 2008. In May of 2008 he also assumed the Chairmanship of The Council for Foreign and Community Relations within CARICOM (COFCOR) and the Chairman of the Caribbean Community CARICOM from July 2008.
In August 2008, Prime Minister Spencer received the African nation of Cote d’Ivoire’s highest honour, Commander of the National Order of Cote d’Ivoire, in recognition of his sterling leadership of the Group of 77 and China at the ministerial level. PM Spencer was also made an honourary hereditary Chief by Cote d’Ivoire in June and was given the title of Nanan Koussai II.
In September of 2008, Prime Minister Spencer became the first leader to receive the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and dedicated efforts in achieving the MDG’s and advancing the cause of development.
A devout believer in God, Prime Minister Spencer is also Chief Pathfinder in the Northern Hemisphere of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He is happily married and is the father of two beloved children.