H.E. Susan Dilys Dougan, OBE
Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Susan Dougan OBE is the current Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is is a former Chief Education Officer and Cabinet Secretary of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Early life and education
Susan Dilys Dougan was born in the village of Colonarie in Saint Vincent. She holds a MA (ED) in Curriculum and Evaluation from the Univeristy of Southampton, Berkshire England.
Beginning her career as a non-graduate teacher. Over a 34-year career, Mrs. Dougan rose through the ranks of the teaching service to Principal of the St. Vincent Girls High School (2001-2004); and later serverd as Chief Education Officer from 2004 to 2009. She also served as Cabinet Secretary from October 2009 to September 2013.
Mrs. Dougan has also served in several other national capacities such as Focal Point for the Organisation of American States for St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Focal Poin for the Commonwealth of Learning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Chief Shelter Manager for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
She was appointed as the Governor-General's Deputy in December 2014. Mrs. Dougan was sworn in as the first female Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 1 August 2019. She was administered the oaths of Office and Allegiance by High Court judge, Justice Brian Cottle during a ceremony witnessed by state officials, as wells as relatives and friends, and the media.
Honours and awards
Mrs. Dougan was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's 2010 Birthday Honour List for her outstanding service to education and public administration.
She was awarded by a Special Commemorative Stamp Issue for the Centennial Celebrations of the St. Vincent Girls High School in 2011.
Mrs. Dougan is married and the mother of three. She is a member of Soroptimist International.