(CMR) Head of the Governor’s Office, Matthew Forbes OBE, will be leaving the Cayman Islands after his four year tour of duty in the Cayman Islands. His replacement has already arrived on island and is currently in quarantine.
Forbes is being replaced by Christine Rowlands, a diplomat with 30 years’ experience. She has successfully completed assignments in Washington, D.C. where she was made a Member of the Victorian Order for personal services to her Majesty The Queen, Kuwait, The Netherlands, The United Arab Emirates and Brussels.
She was most recently Deputy Head of Latin America Department in the FCO. She is married and has five children ranging in age from 18 to 25.
Forbes was instrumental in supporting Cayman in securing two helicopters for the RCIPS Air Operations during his tenure. He also worked closely with HMCI on disaster management. He also obtained an MSC during whilst in Cayman in Risk Crisis and Disaster Management.
The Governor’s Office shared that he was instrumental in creation of the Cayman Islands Regiment, working closely with the Ministry of Defence in London and the Commander of the Regiment Lt Col Watson, to make fast progress after the visit by the then Minister of the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, last October.
Forbes was also involved in assisting with security, law and order good governance and compliance international obligations.