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 18 elected members and 2 official members. The various districts elect representatives as follows:

  • George Town - 6 members
  • West Bay - 4 members
  • Bodden Town - 4 members
  • North Side - 1 member
  • East End - 1 member
  • Cayman Brac & Little Cayman - 2 members

Elections are usually held every 4 years, except in exceptional circumstances, such as 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 2008, they were not held until May of 2009. The last election was held May 22, 2013.

Cabinet consists of 7 Ministers elected from the group of 18 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:

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