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Elise Donovan is the new interim Director BVI London Office

Ms Elise Donovan has been announced as the incoming interim Director of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) London Office. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, - Ms Elise Donovan has been announced as the incoming interim Director of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) London Office.

In a Government press release today, July 9, 2018, it was revealed that she will assume the position in August, following the departure of Mr E. Benito Wheatley who has completed his tenure in that post at the BVI London Office.

Meanwhile, the press release further stated that “Deputy Director in London, Dr Sandra M. Besson, will be in charge of the BVI London Office in the interim.

Ms Elise Donovan, who is the Director of the BVI House Asia (Hong Kong Office), will be transitioning into the post as Director of the BVI London Office from August 20 to December 31, 2018.”

In bidding farewell to his colleagues, the outgoing Director stated that “it has been a privilege to serve as the BVI’s UK and EU Representative. There has been no greater honour in my life, with the exception of becoming the father of my sons, than to represent our country.”

Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE commended Mr Wheatley for his contributions, adding that “Elise will be a strong addition to the team in London while we identify a permanent successor and I look forward to working closely with her on the many priorities the London Office has including support for our economic pillars of financial services and the tourism sector, and ensuring that the BVI is well represented to all key stakeholders in the UK as well as the wider European arena.”


Ms Donovan will be responsible for advising the Premier “on matters for implementation and making recommendations to ministries, international agencies, the private sector and other agencies as appropriate; strengthening BVI’s voice with Her Majesty’s Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; monitoring political, legislative and diplomatic developments in the UK and EU and providing timely analysis of issues affecting or potentially impacting the BVI.”


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