Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson became the first female Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands in December 2016, after leading the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) to victory in the General Elections. She is also the first elected female leader of the British Overseas Territories. She currently holds the portfolio of Minister of Finance.
A candidate in the General Elections of 2003 and 2012, Mrs. Cartwright-Robinson is the first woman to serve her Party as Vice Chairman, Secretary General, National Chairman, Deputy Leader and Leader, the latter position held since December 2012. She became the first woman to be elected Deputy Leader and Leader of any major Political Party in the history of these Islands.
A lawyer by profession, Mrs. Cartwright-Robinson worked with major law firms in the Turks and Caicos Islands such as Dempsey & Co and Misick and Stanbrook. In 2002 she established her own practice, Cartwright & Co, on Grand Turk. She was a Law Tutor at the TCI Community College from 2004 – 2008.
Mrs. Cartwright-Robinson has held memberships on many influential bodies including the Legislative Council as an appointed (1999 – 2003) and elected member (Since 2012); Chairman of the Legislative Council’s Select Committee on The White Paper in 1999 entitled “Partnership through Progress”; the Country’s First Indigenous Constitution Review Body 2002 (and later 2006); the first ever Blue Ribbon Commission on Immigration 2004; Boundaries Commission 2006; the Ten Year Country Plan 2007; Coordinator and Author of “The National Conversation” 2010 -11. She has also served as a member of the Governor’s appointed Consultative Forum from 2009 – 2012 where she served her people faithfully with distinction and without fear or favor. In 2014, she again served on TCI’s 3rd Constitutional Review Committee which was charged with the responsibility to review and make recommendations on the 2011 Constitution.
She is married to Lorne Robinson and together they have two daughters, A’Janae and Laci.