Governor Helen Kilpatrick CBGovernor Helen Kilpatrick CBThe Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory with Queen Elizabeth as its Head of State. A governor is sent, usually from the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to represent the reigning monarch's interests. Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick CB became governor in September 2013 and is the territory's first female governor.

The Cayman Islands Legislature consists of 19 elected members and 2 official members. The various districts elect representatives as follows:

  • George Town - 7 members
  • West Bay - 4 members
  • Bodden Town - 4 members
  • North Side - 1 member
  • East End - 1 member
  • Cayman Brac & Little Cayman - 2 members

General elections occur every 4 years except in exceptional circumstances; such an exception occurred after Hurricane Ivan. With the islands suffering major damage and with public services badly disrupted the general elections were postponed for six months. Instead of being held in November of 2004, they were not held until May 11, 2005. Subsequent elections were held on May 20, 2009 and May 22, 2013 and the most recent election was held on May 24, 2017.

Cabinet consists of 7 Ministers elected from the group of 19 elected members and well as 2 Ex-Officio members; the Deputy Governor and the Attorney General. Also chosen from the ruling party is the Office of Premier, currently held by the Hon. Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP.

Below is the current Cabinet with the members' areas of responsibility:
(Please note that the last general election was held on May 24, 2017 and the information below will be updated as soon as the new government is confirmed and sworn in. This is expected to happen by May 31, 2017.)

Much more information is available by visiting the Government's official web site.