For the first time in the island’s history, albeit one the last of a few remaining British colonies, Bermuda’s first woman and black governor is set to take over the job from Governor John Rankin this year.

The British Government announced on Friday that Rena Lalgie, the Director of the UK’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation at the Treasury, will succeed Mr Rankin in December.

The mother of two said she was “immensely proud” to become the first woman governor.

“I am conscious that this announcement is being made in challenging times, as Bermuda looks to the future,” said Ms Lalgie.

“I will work in earnest with the elected government, through the exercise of my duties, to support and promote the island’s strengths and resilience.

“My family and I are looking forward to contributing fully to life in Bermuda as we get to know the people and culture.”

Ms Lalgie has also worked in the British Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Her appointments include Deputy Director for the information economy and cybersecurity and head of the counterterrorism and security review at the UK Treasury from 2007 to 2008.

Mr Rankin is due to be transferred to another appointment in the Diplomatic Service.


Full name:

Rena Lalgie

Married to:

Jacob Hawkins



2016 – Present

HM Treasury, Director of Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation

2015 – 2016

UK Trade and Investment, Director of Operations, Trade Group

2013 – 2015

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Deputy Director Industrial Strategy

2010 – 2013

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Deputy Director, Information Economy and Cyber Security

2008 – 2010

Better Regulation Executive, Deputy Director, Domestic Affairs and Public Sector

2007 – 2008

HM Treasury, Head of Counter-Terrorism and Security Review

2007 – 2015

Justice of the Peace (Central London Bench)

2006 – 2007

Cabinet Office, Civil Contingencies Ssecretariat, Team Leader, Strategic Planning

2004 – 2006

HM Treasury, Head of Criminal Justice System and Crime Branch

2003 – 2004

HM Treasury, Drugs and Organised Crime and Policy Analyst


Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Drugs Policy Analyst

2001 – 2003

Home Office, Young People Substance Misuse Policy Adviser

1998 – 2001

Short-term posts and internships at Commonwealth Institute, FCO, Home Office and No 10