The Premier of the Cayman Islands is the political leader and head of government. The post of Premier in the Cayman Islands is the equivalent to Chief Minister or Prime Minister in other British Overseas Territories. It is the highest political level that can be attained within the British overseas territory. Prior to 2009, the position was known as Leader of Government Business.

The Premier and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to Queen Elizabeth II, to the Legislative Assembly, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate.

The current Premier is Alden McLaughlin, since 29 May 2013.

Constitutional background

Until 2001 the position had no official recognition, but it was formalized by an Order of the British Government in July 2001, as the Leader of Government Business along with the Leader of the Opposition. Further constitutional amendments in 2009 modified the name to Premier.


(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Political Affiliation Notes
Took Office Left Office
Leaders of Government Business (1992–2009)
1 Thomas Jefferson
November 1992 November 1994 Independent
2 Truman Bodden
November 1994 8 November 2000 Independent
3 Kurt Tibbetts
8 November 2000 8 November 2001 Independent First tenure
4 McKeeva Bush
8 November 2001 18 May 2005 United Democratic Party First tenure
(3) Kurt Tibbetts
18 May 2005 27 May 2009 People's Progressive Movement Second tenure
(4) McKeeva Bush
27 May 2009 6 November 2009 United Democratic Party Second tenure
Premiers (2009–present)
1 McKeeva Bush
6 November 2009 18 December 2012 United Democratic Party
2 Julianna O'Connor-Connolly
19 December 2012 29 May 2013 Independent First and only female Premier
3 Alden McLaughlin
29 May 2013 Incumbent People's Progressive Movement

See also


Further reading

Cayman Islands Government Portal: