| Cynthia Anita Louise Astwood, OBE
Former Acting Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands
Cynthia Astwood is a former acting Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Early life and education
Cynthia Anita Louise Astwood (nee Simmons) was born on 9 October 1946 on Salt Cay. She received her secondary education on Grand Turk, after which she trained in nursing, midwifery and intensive care in the United Kingdom.
Back in the TCI Mrs Astwood started her career as a Staff Nurse and Midwife, then Matron at Grand Turk Hospital. She became the first Health Visitor for the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1974 and, with PAHO and WHO, set up the nation’s first Nursing School. She set up the Public Health Department and established a Primary Health Care Programme throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Mrs Astwood joined the Chief Secretary’s Office in 1980 as an Administrative Officer and served as Under Secretary and Deputy Chief Secretary, and set up the Deputy Chief Secretary’s office in Providenciales before her appointment in 1986 as Chief Secretary, the first female Chief Secretary in the region.
Astwood served as the acting Governor of the Turks and Caicos in December 2002. She was succeeded by Jim Poston. She was the first woman to act as Governor of the Turks and Caicos.
On 2 September 2013 Mrs. Astwood was appointed TCI Compaints Commissioner.
Honours and awards
Astwood was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE); and later as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Mrs. Astwood married Dr Leo Astwood in 1976.