Hensley Edmeston Daniel
Former Deputy Premier, Nevis
Hensley Edmeston Daniel is a politician and former Deputy Premier in Nevis.
Early life and education
Hensley Edmeston Daniel was born to Doris and Cornelius Daniel in 1959 in humble circumstances in the beautiful village of Cox, Nevis. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Social Work from the University of the West Indies (UWI, 1991), a Certificate in Education (UWI, 1984), and a Diploma in Spanish from the Inter-American Language Centre (1981).
From 1977 to 1988, Daniel taught English, French, and Spanish at the high school level. He served as Director of Youth and Community Services in Nevis from 1991 to 1999; and Program Officer: Family Health International Caribbean Regional Program from 2002 to 2004.
In 2001, Daniel contested the District Two, St. John’s seat as a candidate for the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP), but was defeated by Malcolm Guishard of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) who won the seat by 147 votes. Daniel reversed his fortunes against Guishard in the 2006 election, capturing the seat by 28 votes. In the 2011 election, went up against the CCM's Mark Brantley, who had defeated him for the Federal election in the 2007 by-election following Guishard's sudden passing. In an extremely close race, Daniel defeated Brantley by 14 votes.
In 2011, Daniel was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Gender and Social Affairs, Youth and Sports, Community Affairs, Trade and Industry, Culture, Telecommunications and Information in the Nevis Island Administration. In August 2012, he however resigned his post following a Court of Appeal judgment that upheld an earlier decision by the lower court that ruled his election in July of 2011 to be invalid and void.
He was appointed a consultant to the Nevis Island Administration in October 2012.
Daniel is actively involved in the community, serving in various capacities: President, Nevis Renal Society; President, Nevis Domino Association; Chairman Education Committee, St John's Community Improvement Club; - Program Director, Nevis Special Olympics; Chairman, Culturama Committee; and Secretary, Board of Directors, Nevis Cooperative Credit Union.
He was also a Member of the National Executive Nevis Youth Council; Co-ordinator, Adult Education Program of the St John’s Community Improvement Club; Project Manager St John's Community Centre Construction; President, St John's Community Improvement Club; and Treasurer, Nevis Amateur Athletic Association.
Honours and awards
In 1988. Daniel was honours in the St Kitts & Nevis Independence Awards for Outstanding work in Youth & Community Development.