Hon. Franz Manderson, MBE, Cert Hon., JP

Mr. Manderson is the Honourable Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service of the Cayman Islands Government, with over 36 years of experience in the civil service as a career civil servant with a sound understanding of public administration. He started his career in the civil service with the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration as a clerical officer in 1981, and was promoted through the ranks and appointed as Chief Immigration Officer in 2004.

During his tenure with the Immigration Department, he was responsible for the enforcement of the immigration law, trade and business licensing law, local companies (control) law and passport law. He also advised the Governor, Cabinet members and the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs on policy matters relating to immigration. Mr. Manderson was also awarded the Certificate and Badge of Honour for “services rendered in the management of the Cuban migrants in the Cayman Islands.”

Mr. Manderson is an Attorney-at-Law, having completed his legal studies at the University of Liverpool and was called to the Cayman Islands Bar in 2004. He also obtained his diploma in Legal Studies at the Cayman Islands Law School, and received a Certificate in Cayman Law (with Commendation) from Queens University, Belfast. He was then promoted to the post of Chief Officer in the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs in 2009. In this post, Mr. Manderson spearheaded modernising the entire portfolio over a two year period through his core belief in customer service and the introduction of automation, technology and quality improvement. His jurisdiction encompassed Police, Immigration, Prison, Hazard Management, Community Rehabilitation, 911, Elections Office, and the Legislative Assembly. He was also a key member of the Steering Committee responsible for the review of the civil service.

In 2012, the Governor (in consultation with the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State) approved Mr. Manderson’s appointment as Honourable Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service of the Cayman Islands. He is currently responsible for the management and performance of the entire Civil Service, which has approximately 3,900 staff members. He is also a member of Cabinet, the first official member of the island’s Legislative Assembly and is required to act as His Excellency the Governor of the Islands on occasion. He also introduced key pieces of legislation such as the Whistleblowing, Elections reform, Public Authorities Bill and raised the retirement age for public servants.

In 2018, Mr. Manderson launched the civil service’s first ever 5 Year Strategic Plan, which enlists a strategy of becoming a “World-Class Civil Service”. This strategy to become a World-Class Civil Service reflects a shared aspiration for civil servants to consistently perform at their best. The purpose of this plan is to provide a clear and comprehensive structure of how the civil service intends to work over the next five years. It focuses on building the capacities and capabilities that are needed to achieve their new vision of a World-Class Civil Service that delivers an outstanding customer experience, values their people and achieves excellence in everything that the civil service does.

In June 2018, Mr. Manderson was also awarded the ‘Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ (MBE) by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.