Jurist Sandra Mason is Barbados' 8th Governor General, but second female Governor General.
Mason (born 17 January 1949) is a Barbadian lawyer and judge. She was one of the first graduates of the Faculty of Law from UWI, Cave Hill, completing her education in 1973. The first woman admitted to the Bar in Barbados and to serve as chair of the CARICOM commission to evaluate regional integration. She also was the first magistrate appointed as an Ambassador from Barbados, and was the first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeals. She was the first Barbadian appointee to the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal and served briefly (3 days) as the acting Governor General of Barbados.
Before Jurist Mason's appointment, Barbados has had an acting Governor General, Philip Greaves, following the resignation of Sir Elliott Belgrave and him leaving the post on 30th, June 2017.
In Accordance with CHAPTER IV, Section 28 of the Constitution of Barbados, the Governor General of Barbados is appointed by Her Majesty and shall hold office during Her Majesty’s pleasure is Her Majesty’s resentative in Barbados.
The Right Honourable Freundel J. Stuart, Q.C., M.P., Prime Minister on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, on the Appointment of a Governor-General.
I should like to inform the country of the decision made in respect of the office of Governor-General of Barbados. The seventh holder of that office, Sir Elliott Belgrave, retired effective July 1, 2017, after five years of service as our Head of State.
The selection of a Governor General is never an easy task. The selection process must be guided by a range of factors, among them being personal and professional attributes, record of service, commitment to country, integrity and dignity. There are many Barbadians at home and in the diaspora who could qualify.
I am pleased to announce that Her Majesty The Queen, on the recommendation of Her Majesty’s Ministers in Barbados, has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of The Honourable Sandra Prunella Mason, Justice of Appeal, as Governor General of Barbados, with effect from January 8, 2018.
In keeping with tradition, Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to confer on The Honourable Sandra Prunella Mason, the honour and dignity of Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG). The Honourable Sandra Prunella Mason, on assumption of the office of Governor General, will, under the Order of the Dame of Saint Andrew, become the Chancellor and Principal Dame of Saint Andrew.
The installation ceremony for The Honourable Sandra Prunella Mason, will take place on Monday, January 8, 2018, in the Senate Chambers.
The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG) - Wikipedia
The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George is a British order of chivalry founded on 28 April 1818 by George, Prince Regent, later King George IV, while he was acting as regent for his father, King George III. It is named in honour of two military saints, St Michael and St George.
The Order of St Michael and St George was originally awarded to those holding commands or high position in the Mediterranean territories acquired in the Napoleonic Wars, and was subsequently extended to holders of similar office or position in other territories of the British Empire. It is at present awarded to men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country, and can also be conferred for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.