BASSETERRE: Following an inauguration ceremony at Government House, Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence is the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis’ third Governor General.
Born in St. Kitts & Nevis, Sir Edmund, an economist by training, was educated in his native land and England. In 1970, he established the St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank (SKNANB). Under his leadership, SKNANB’s assets increased from less than $200,000 in 1971 to over $2 billion in 2012.
Sir Edmund served as a consultant for the establishment of the indigenous banks in Dominica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and the National Bank of Anguilla and its subsidiaries. He has provided independent consultancy services in banking and finance to the Caribbean Development Bank as well as to the Governments of Montserrat, Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis.
In the 1970s, Sir Edmund expanded the local market by establishing and developing a secondary mortgage market jointly between the Caribbean Development Bank and National Bank Trust Company (St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla) Limited to provide mortgage financing for new housing projects and individual housing properties on St. Kitts & Nevis. Following this initiative, Sir Edmund established and developed low-cost housing throughout St. Kitts.
Sir Edmund has served on the boards of the SKNANB Group of Companies, Cable Bay Hotel Company Limited, Digicel (St. Kitts Nevis) Limited, ECIC Holdings Limited and the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Finance Company Limited. He was Vice President of the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Banking, President of the Bankers’ and Financial Services Association of St. Kitts & Nevis; Treasurer of the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society and Past Assistant District Governor, Rotary District 7030.
Prior to Sir Edmund’s appointment as Governor General, he served for several years as the Governor General’s Deputy.
In 2010, Sir Edmund was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George for his services to the banking and financial sector.