Mark Capes was today appointed Chief Executive of the Turks and Caicos Islands, replacing Martin Stanley who held the post from 14 August, according to a press release. Capes, a British career diplomat, previously served as Deputy Chief Secretary in Providenciales from 1991 to 1994. Most recently, he was in the Turks and Caicos in September 2008, the day before Hurricane Ike struck, to assist the Governor in managing the immediate aftermath of the storm’s impact. His appointment is part of the much criticized British takeover of the T&C government following a corruption scandal.
Speaking from Grand Turk, Mr. Capes said: “I am very pleased to be back in the Turks and Caicos Islands and look forward to working with colleagues, many of whom I know from my previous appointment here, to help steer the Islands on a new path to sustainable progress. It will be difficult work given the many varied problems that must be addressed, but the reward will be to see real progress towards ensuring that all who live here can share in and enjoy all that these wonderful islands have to offer. I am grateful to Martin Stanley for his excellent work; I know that in a short time he has made an admirable contribution on many fronts.”
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