Duncan John Rushworth Taylor, CBE
Former Governor of the Cayman Islands
Duncan John Rushworth Taylor is a British diplomat and former Governor of the Cayman Islands.
Early life and education
Born on 17 October 1958, Duncan Taylor was educated at Highgate School and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Starting in 1982 as Desk Officer for the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in its West Africa Department, he went on to become Third and later Second Secretary of Chancery in Havana between 1983-87. Subsequently, he was Head of Japan Section in the FCO’s Far East Department for two years.
Between 1989 and 1991, he served in the FCO’s Personnel Operations Department. In 1992, he took over as Head of the British Embassy’s Commercial Section in Budapest, Hungary, where he served for four years.
During 1996-1997, as Director of Latin American Affairs, he was seconded to Rolls Royce. From 1997-2000, he was Head of Consular Division for the FCO. Immediately prior to Mr Taylor’s current posting (2000-2005), he served as Deputy Consul-General and Deputy Head of Post in New York.
In 2005, he was appointed the British High Commissioner for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, which covered the Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Taylor became the Governor of the Cayman Islands on 15 January 2010 and continued in office until 2013. His appointment as Ambassador to Mexico was announced in May 2013.
Duncan Taylor is the son of Sir Jock Taylor, KCMG, also a diplomat, and the grandson of Sir John Taylor KBE CMG (1895-1974), who was also ambassador to Mexico.
He is married to Marie-Beatrice and has three daughters and two sons.