Thursday, 19th September 2013
Dutton is new Gibraltar Governor
Lieutenant-General Sir James Benjamin Dutton has been appointed Governor of Gibraltar in succession to Vice-Admiral Sir Adrian Johns.
The news announced by The Convent yesterday confirms our story of July 6.
Sir James will take up his appointment during December 2013.
Sir James completed a full career of 37 years in the Royal Marines. His last ten years were dominated by Iraq and Afghanistan, either serving in those countries or dealing with the policy and operational issues from London and Washington DC. On retirement in 2010 he joined the Bechtel Corporation and has spent the last two and a half years as the Programme Director in Gabon in West Africa, latterly as the Director-General of the infrastructure development agency working directly for the Presidency.
“I am delighted and honoured to be going to Gibraltar, especially given its historical connections with the Royal Marines. I hope that my many years of military experience combined now with three years of commercial experience will equip me well to deliver the Governor’s role and responsibilities toward Gibraltar and the United Kingdom. My wife and I are looking forward to meeting the people of Gibraltar,” Sir James said in his appointment.
Meanwhile the Government of Gibraltar said it was pleased to note the appointment.
“I am sure that I speak for everyone in Gibraltar in welcoming the appointment of Lieutenant General Dutton as the next Governor of Gibraltar. Lieutenant General Dutton and his family can be assured of the warmest of receptions when they arrive here in December,” said Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.