John Rankin became Governor of Bermuda in December 2016.
Mr Rankin was previously British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He has also served as Director, Americas in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, responsible for a network of over 30 British Embassies, High Commissions and other posts in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1988 as a Legal Adviser and served in that capacity at the UK Mission to the UN and to the UK Mission to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He has also served as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Dublin, working on the Northern Ireland peace process, and was Her Majesty’s Consul General in Boston.
John has a degree in Scots Law from the University of Glasgow and a Masters Degree in International Law from McGill University, Montreal. Prior to joining the FCO he qualified and practised as a solicitor in Scotland and was a lecturer in public law at the University of Aberdeen. He is married to Lesley and has 3 children.
His hobbies include football, tennis and playing bad golf.
Governor to Bermuda
The Governor is the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in a British Overseas Territory. The Governor acts as the de facto head of state and is usually responsible for appointing the head of government, and senior political positions in the territory. The Governor is also responsible for liaising with the UK government, and carrying out any ceremonial duties.
Previous roles in government
British Ambassador to Nepal
- 2015 to 2015
British Ambassador to Maldives
- 2011 to 2014
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka
- 2011 to 2015