Sir Tapley Seaton, Governor General, St. Kitts & Nevis

Sir Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC, JP was born 28th July, 1950. He is the fourth and current Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

He came to the position as Acting Governor-General after his predecessor Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence on May 20, 2015 left office.

On September 1, 2015, he was officially appointed Governor-General by Queen Elizabeth II.

Seaton received his primary and secondary education from Epworth Junior School, the Basseterre High School, and the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School.

He attended the University of West Indies in Jamaica and received a Bachelor of Laws, a moment that set forth his legal career. He continued further studies with the Council of Legal Education, where he gained his Certificate, and the University of Bordeaux in France, where he completed a Diploma in French.

Seaton joined the St. Kitts-Nevis Judicial Service and served as Registrar of the Supreme Court, Provost Marshal and acting Additional Magistrate.

In 1975, Seaton served as Crown Counsel for the Attorney General’s Chambers and acted as the high Court Registrar.

In 1980, he took on the role of St. Kitts-Nevis Attorney General, in which he served until 1995.

In 1988, he was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Counsels (Queen’s Counsel). He also has the distinction of being named a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order October 1985.

He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG) on 9th November, 2015.

Seaton has served on various Boards, National Committees and Organisations. Some of these positions included Director of SSMC, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and Frigate Bay Development Corporation; President of the St. Christopher Heritage Society (now The St. Christopher National Trust), the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar Association and the OECS Bar Association; and Vice President for the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society and the St. Christopher National Trust; Chairman of Cable & Wireless, formerly SCANTEL.