|Michael John Bradley CMG, QC
Former Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands
Michael John Bradley was a former British diplomat and a former Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Early life and education
Michael John Bradley was born on 11 June 1933 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and educated at St Malachy's College. He studied law at the University of London, Trinity College, Dublin and Queen's University, Belfast, and practised as a solicitor before entering the colonial service in 1967.
In 1967, he was a State Counsel in Malawi, and then as chief parliamentary draftsman in Botswana. After returning home, he worked onHalsbury's Laws of England, then, in the early 1970s, joined the United Nations as a legal adviser to the Antiguan government before becoming a legal draftsman to governments in the Eastern Caribbean
Bradley was Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands from 1977 to 1978, of the Turks and Caicos in 1980, and Montserrat in 1981. 1n 1982 he was appointed Attorney General of the Cayman Islands, where he played a central role in their dramatic economic development and was appointed QC.Islands in 1982.
In 1986, he was appointed Governor of the Turks and Caicos, a post he kept until his retirement from the colonial service at the age of 60.
On retiring from the colonial service at 60, Bradley returned to the Caymans, where he was a law revision commissioner from 1994 to 2009. Modern communications enabled him also to aid the FCO in negotiating new constitutions for Gibraltar, the Virgin Islands and the Falklands, as well as St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. In 2009, he found himself offering advice on the renewed suspension of representative government in the Turks and Caicos.
Honours and awards
Bradley was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982, and Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1990.
Bradley was married to Patricia Bradley née Macauley, MBE for 45 years. She is an ornithologist and the author of a definitive book on birds of the Cayman Islands. His son Michael is a barrister.
Michael Bradley died in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2010, aged 76.