Rupert Emanuel Herbert
Former Cabinet Minister, St. Kitts and Nevis
Rupert Emanuel is a politician and former Cabinet Minister in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Early life and education
Rupert Herbert was born at Wingfield Road, Old Road, in 1936. He attended both the Old Road and Middle Island Elementary Schools before winning a scholarship to the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School which he attended from 1950-1952.
He received teacher training at the Leeward Islands Teachers’ Training College in Antigua before migrating to England in 1960 where he worked as a bus conductor and driver while preparing to qualify to enter university.
He studied at the University of Hull where he received a B.Sc. Honours degree in economics as well as at the University of Leeds where he earned a Graduate Certificate in Education.
A teacher by profession, Rupert Herbert taught elementary school in St. Kitts and secondary school in Sierre Leone, West Africa. He was a graduate teacher at the Basseterre Junior High School, Education Officer-Primary Schools, Headmaster of the Basseterre High School and Acting Labour Commissioner and Education Officer-Examinations.
Active in the community, Rupert is a Past President of the Junior and Wesley Guilds of the Old Road Methodist Church. He was also Society Steward, a class leader and captain of the Old Road Boys Brigade Company, and past Vice-President of the St. Kitts Teachers Union. He is an accomplished pan player.
Elected to Parliament in Labour’s sweeping 1995 victory, he was appointed Minister of Education, Labour & Social Security in the new government of Dr. Denzil Douglas. He was re-elected in the 2000 general election, he was appointed Minister of Social Development, Community and Gender Affairs.
He was re-elected in the 2004 general election.
Rupert Herbert and his wife Loretta have five children.