Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Government House is pleased to announce that Deputy Governor Ginny Ferson has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours List.

The honour is in recognition of Mrs Ferson’s services to child safeguarding in the British Overseas Territories.

Mrs Ferson was appointed as Deputy Governor of Bermuda in December 2013. As a career diplomat she has previously served in Mauritius, Luxembourg, South Korea, Pakistan and New Zealand where she was Deputy Governor of the Pitcairn Islands. In early 2016 she undertook a five month assignment in St Helena in order to implement the recommendations of the Wass Inquiry into child safeguarding.  During her tenure of office in Bermuda she has also been involved in encouraging measures to ensure effective safeguarding of children on the island, working closely with Government agencies and voluntary organisations.

On the announcement of the Award, Mrs Ferson said “I am thrilled to receive this award and I count myself fortunate to have been in a position where I could share Best Practice about child safeguarding across the Overseas Territories.  I know many individuals are doing a lot of good work around child safeguarding in Bermuda and in the other Territories where I have worked.  I encourage them to continue to raise awareness about child abuse and our collective responsibility to do right by our children”.