Updated: View Site Map Site Map
Biography
HEROES LEADERS WOMEN HONOURED IN MEMORIAM
Alfred Oughton
(1928 - 13 February 2012)
spacer
Alfred Thomas "Alf" Oughton, MBE
Former President of the Senate of Bermuda

Alfred Thomas Oughton was a Bermudian politician and a former President of the Senate of Bermuda.

Early life

Alfred Thomas Oughton was born in East London in England in 1928.  His family was split up due to the evacuation of the capital at the beginning of World War II.
He returned to London in 1942 and met his future wife Jean while studying at Wakefield Central School.

At the age of 18, he volunteered to serve in the Royal Navy.  In 1951 was posted to serve on the Admiral’s Staff in Bermuda.

In July 1953, his tour ended but he and his wife returned to Bermuda in December 1955 when Mr Oughton got a job as Belco’s clerk in the purchasing department.

Career

Appointed to the Upper House as an independent Senator in November 1993, Alfred Oughton was elected as Senate President in March 1998.  He presided over the Senate for a decade until his 2008 retirement.  He also acted as Governor of Bermuda.

Oughton might be best remembered for his work on a landmark review of Bermuda’s heath system during the 1990s.  He was appointed to chair the Health Care Review Sub-Committee by the then Minister of Health, Social Services and Housing Quinton Edness in September.  He produced a Health Care Review Report in May 1996, which became known as ‘The Oughton Report’.

Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Oughton head of the Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited (Belco).  Having joined Belco in 1956 as purchasing manager, Oughton worked hard to advance his career, rising through the ranks to become head of the company, first as General Manager in 1982 and until his retirement as Chief Executive Officer on 1 August 1992.

Honours and awards

In 2009, Mr. Oughton was named as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen shortly after stepping down as Senate President.  In 1990, he had been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE).

On 24 June 2011, Oughton was the recipient of the Bermuda Health Foundation’s Salute to Service Award for his stellar work in the community, for the thorough Health Care Review Report that he produced in May 1996.

Personal life

He was predeceased by his wife Jean in 2009.  He was the father of one son, Stephen.

Death

Alfred Oughton died on 13 February 2012.  He was 83.  His funeral was held at St Anne’s Church in Southampton, Bermuda.

Sources
http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120216/NEWS01/702169991

http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120222/NEWS/702229935

Fact Check
We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, or if you would like to share additional information on the topic, kindly contact us!
How to Reference Our Site
To reference our site, please use the following as a general guideline.
APA: KnowledgeWalk Institute. (Date Published). Title of Web Page. Retrieved from (URL)
MLA: "Title of Web Page." caribbeanelections.com. KnowledgeWalk Institute, (date published). Web. Date Accessed.
Chicago: "Title of Web Page," KnowledgeWalk Institute, last modified (date), URL.
Photo
QUICK FACTS
spacer
Occupation Politician
spacer
Date of Birth 1928
Place of Birth Bermuda
spacer
Date of Death 13 February 2012 (aged 83)
Place of Death Bermuda
spacer
Notable Accomplishments
President of the Senate of Bermuda: 1998 - 2008
RELATED RESOURCES
spacer
Barbados Bermuda
Presidents of the Senate of Bermuda
 
 BROWSE BIOGRAPHY learn more
 SELECT BIOGRAPHIES BY COUNTRY

 National Heroes
 Caribbean Leaders
 Women in Caribbean Politics
 Caribbean Nobel Laureates
 Order of the Caribbean Community Recipients
 In Memoriam
 ABOUT CARIBBEAN ELECTIONS learn more
Caribbean Elections
Caribbean Elections provides comprehensive information on the electoral process, politics, and citizenship in the Caribbean. The portal includes election data and resources for the public, teachers, students, and researchers.
Learn more about CE»