|Gordon Geoffrey Wetherell, CMG
Former Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands
Gordon Geoffrey Wetherell is a British diplomat who was the former Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Early life and education
Gordon Geoffrey Wetherell was born on 11 November 1948 in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia. He was educated at Bradfield College (in Bradfield, Berkshire), at New College, Oxford and at the University of Chicago. His Foreign Office career has included service in East Berlin, Geneva, New Delhi, and Warsaw.
From 1997 to 2000 he was the British ambassador to Ethiopia (and concurrently non-resident ambassador to Eritrea and Djibouti). He served as ambassador to Luxembourg from 2000 to 2004, and High Commissioner to Ghana from 2004 to 2007.
He was appointed on 5 August 2008, replacing Richard Tauwhare in the position. On 14 August 2009, he assumed direct political control when the British government imposed direct rule on the islands in response to a Foreign Office inquiry which found "information in abundance pointing to a high probability of systematic corruption or serious dishonesty" in the islands' administration under former Premier, Michael Misick.
Governor Wetherell's last official meeting in office was with the Advisory Council on 11 August 2011, in Grand Turk. Wetherell departed the Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, on Sunday, 21 August 2011, ending his term as governor.
Honours and awards
He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.