Hon. Anthony Michael Perkins
Speaker of the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis
Anthony Michael Perkins is a politican and current Speaker of the National Assembly of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Early life and edcuation
Anthony Michael Perkins was born in Charlestown, Nevis. He received his primary education at the Charlestown Boys School, his secondary education at the Charlestown Secondary School, and later matriculated to the then Sixth Form of the Basseterre Senior High School between 1981 and 1983 where he secured Advanced Level passes in Mathematics and Physics.
Upon graduating from the Sixth Form, Perkins taught for several years in the subject areas of General Science, Mathematics, Physics and Accounts, and also served in the capacity of a Sports Master. In 1987, Perkins left his native Nevis to pursue a tertiary education in Florida at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)/Florida State University (FSU), School of Engineering, where, in 1991, he successfully obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in the field of Civil Engineering. He was subsequently employed as a civil engineer in the Public Works Department in that same year.
In 1994, Perkins was promoted to the post of Director of Public Works. From 1996 until 2001, he served as Project Manager in the Ministry of Works, Nevis, where he managed several major infrastructural projects including the construction of the Deep Water Port, the Airport Terminal, Charlestown Water Front and reconstruction of most of the Island Main Road.
From 2001to 2006, Perkins served as the elected Representative for St. Paul, Nevis, and was Minister of Communications, Works, Public Utilities, Posts, Infrastructural Development, Physical Planning and Environment. Following a loss at the polls in 2006, for him and his political party – the Concerned Citizens Movement – Perkins took the opportunity to pursue an MBA degree in General Management from the Metropolitan College of New York, where he graduated in 2008. He was also a Senator in the National Assembly from 2000 to 2010. Additionally, Perkins has worked as a Private Consultant and is currently employed as a Consultant/Project Implementation Officer to the Nevis Island Administration.
In May 2015, Perkins was elected Deputy Speaker to the Federal Parliament following his nomination to the post of Senator, a few months earlier. He was eleted Speaker of the National Assembly on 30 June 2016 following the resignation of former Speaker Franklin R.O. Brand in May 2016.
Perkins is married to wife, Linda and is the proud father of two sons, Raheem and Demetri.