Deborah Elizabeth Vavasseur Barnes-Jones
Former Governor of Montserrat
Deborah Barnes-Jones is a British diplomat and was Governor of Montserrat from 2004 to 2007.
Early life and education
Deborah Barnes-Jones was born Deborah Elizabeth Vavasseur Barnes on 6 October 1956 in Kent, England, United Kingdom.
Barnes joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1980. She was posted to the British Embassy in Moscow between 1983 and 1985, when she was promoted to First Secretary and was seconded to the Cabinet Office, remaining there until 1986. From 1988 to 1992 she was posted as First Secretary (Chancery) to the embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, then returned to the Foreign Office in London for four years. She was Deputy Head of Mission in Uruguay from 1996 to 2001, when she was appointed as the British ambassador to the Republic of Georgia.
In 2004 Barnes-Jones was appointed as the Governor of Montserratand was sworn in at a special session of the island's Legislative Council held in Brades on 10 May 2004, becoming the first female governor appointed by a reigning British Monarch to a British Overseas Territory. She remained in post until 6 July 2007.
In 1986, she married Fredrick Richard Jones, an American Diplomat, and they have twin daughters (Jennifer & Hilary), born in 1991