| H.E. Sir Samuel Weymoth Tapley Seaton, GCMG CVO, QC, JP
Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis
Samuel Weymoth Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC is a Kittitian Lawyer and Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Early life and education
Tapley Seaton received his primary and secondary education at the Epworth Junior School, the Basseterre High School, and the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School.
He earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Upper Second Class Honours at the University of the West Indies. He has been practicing law since 1975.
Seaton was Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers and later served as Acting High Court Registrar from 1975-1980. He serves as Attorney General in St. Kitts-Nevis Attorney General from 1980-1995. He was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel (Queen’s Counsel) in 1988.
Seaton has a long list of Directorships. Some of these include Director of SSMC, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and Frigate Bay Development Corporation; President of the St. Christopher Heritage Society (now The St. Christopher National Trust), the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar Association and the OECS Bar Association; and Vice President for the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society. During the period 1985-1995 he also served as Chairman of Cable & Wireless (formerly SKANTEL).
Seaton has a keen acumen for legislative drafting. To his credit include such works as Income Tax Amendments for St. Lucia; the 2001 Securities Act; Aliens’ Landholding Regulation Acts in nine ECCU member territories; the National Trust Bill for St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College Bill.
He has also rendered service in the consultation, design and drafting of our very own Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Bill, which eventually became the Small Business Development Act (Number 24) of 2009. This achievement is the result of a three-year, ILO-funded SME Development project with the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Seaton is a partner in the local law firm Seaton & Foreman. He currently serves as Vice President of the St. Christopher National Trust.
On 13 May 2015, Seaton was appointed as Governor-General's Deputy in St. Kitts and Nevis. On 20 May 2015, Seaton was sworn-in as acting Governor-General by Resident Judge Her Ladyship Justice Marlene Carter following with the revocation of the appointment of Sir Edmund Lawrence.
Seaton was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Governor-General of St. Christopher and Nevis with effect from 1 September 2015. His Excellency S. W. Tapley Seaton is the fourth Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, following a succession line of Sir Clement Arrindell, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and Sir Edmund Lawrence.
Honours and awards
Seaton was named Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 1985. On 7 December 2015, Seaton was conferred the accolade of Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of St. Michael and St. George (GCMG) by Her Magesty Queen Elizabeth II.