Mr. Benito Wheatley has been confirmed to the post of Director of BVI London Office, effective October 1.
The appointment was confirmed by His Excellency the Governor Mr. John S. Duncan, OBE after considering the advice of Cabinet.
The director manages the BVI London Office as the British Virgin Islands official representative in the United Kingdom and Europe.
The new director will represent the Territory at functions, events, and conferences and speaks on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands as part of the BVI diplomatic community.
In addition, Mr. Wheatley will advise the Government on all matters relating to the BVI London Office.
His other responsibilities will include promoting BVI business and international impact, through improving the interface with the European Union; and strengthening the Territory’s voice with Her Majesty’s Government.
Mr. Wheatley, a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, has attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a pre-law concentration. He has also obtained his Master of Arts Degree in political science with a concentration in international affairs from Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Additionally, Mr. Wheatley is certified in international corporate and diplomatic protocol. At present, he is a candidate for a Master of Science degree in international strategy and diplomacy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Wheatley served as the deputy director of the BVI London Office for a number of years. His other work includes serving as an analyst with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, International Affairs and Services in Washington.
Mr. Wheatley is a member of select professional organisations such as the United Nations Association Westminster Branch; the Young Diplomats of London and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.