Sandra Mason

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Sandra Mason

Photograph of Mason wearing the insignia of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George
Mason at the 2019 Independence Day parade in Bridgetown
1st President of Barbados
Assumed office
30 November 2021
Prime MinisterMia Mottley
Preceded byPosition established
Elizabeth II (as Queen of Barbados)
8th Governor-General of Barbados
In office
8 January 2018 – 30 November 2021
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterFreundel Stuart
Mia Mottley
Preceded byPhilip Greaves (acting)
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Sandra Prunella Mason

(1949-01-17) 17 January 1949 (age 74)
Saint Philip, Barbados
Political partyIndependent
EducationUniversity of the West Indies, Cave Hill (LLB)
Hugh Wooding Law School (LEC)
  • Lawyer
  • ambassador
  • judge
  • politician

Dame Sandra Prunella Mason, FB GCMG DA KC (born 17 January 1949) is a Barbadian politician, lawyer and diplomat. She was the eighth and last Governor-General of Barbados and has been the 1st and current President of Barbados since 2021.

Life and career[change | change source]

Sandra Mason was born on 17 January 1949 in Saint Philip, Barbados.

In 1975, she obtained a Legal Education Certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. She was admitted to the bar on 10 November[1] the same year, becoming the first female member of the Barbados Bar Association.

From 1992 to 1994, Sandra Mason was the ambassador of Barbados to Venezuela, Chile, Colombia and Brazil. In 1994, she returned to Barbados and served in several judicial positions.

In January 2018, she was appointed as the Governor-General of Barbados, the representative of the monarch of Barbados.[2][3][4][5]

In 2020, Sandra Mason announced Prime Minister Mia Mottley's decision for Barbados to become a republic.

In October 2021, she was elected the 1st President of Barbados and she took her oath of office on 30 November 2021 when the monarchy was officially abolished.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Deane, Sandy (2017-12-27). "Justice Sandra Mason is Barbados' New GG". Barbados Today. Archived from the original on 2017-12-28. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  2. "New G-G named". Barbados Advocate. 2017-12-28. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  3. "Sandra Mason to be new Governor General". 2017-12-27. Retrieved 2022-03-26.
  4. "Congrats to the new GG". 29 December 2017. Archived from the original on 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  5. "New Governor General Dame Sandra Mason installed". 8 January 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-07-26. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  6. "Governor General Dame Sandra named first president-elect". Loop Barbados. Retrieved 21 October 2021.