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Hon. Mark A.G. Brantley | Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

Minister of Tourism

NEVIS

In 2013 Hon. Mark Brantley was lauded as someone with the caliber and experience to help lead the island of Nevis at a critical point in its development when renewed leadership was necessary for the successful implementation of strategies to take advantage of market opportunities ahead. Hon. Brantley is a lawyer by profession. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West
Indies – Cave Hill Campus in 1992 and his Legal Education Certificate from Norman Manley Law School in 1994.

He was awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Norman Manley Law School, only the 4th such award in the then history of the law school, and graduated First in Class. He also holds a Bachelor of Civil
Law from the University of Oxford (1995). Having been called to the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar in 1994 he has practiced extensively before the High Courts and Court of Appeal. He is also a member of the Bar
in Anguilla (1996), Grenada (2009), Antigua & Barbuda (2009) and Dominica (2010). He has taken a leave of absence from the practice and his law firm – Daniel, Brantley & Associates – to pursue his
political career.

Mr. Brantley entered politics in 2006 as a senator in the Nevis Island Assembly for the opposition, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM). In 2007 he was elected to the Federal House of Assembly
and became the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. He was again elected as Leader of the Opposition in the Federal Assembly after the 2010 Federal Election.
In 2013 he was elected and
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became a part of the CCM led
Nevis Island Administration
(NIA). He was named Deputy
Premier and Minister for
Tourism, Health, Gender, Social
Affairs, Social Development,
Youth, Sports, Culture,
Community Development
and Information. Following
the 2015 Federal Election Mr.
Brantley again won his seat
in the Federal Parliament
and assumed the portfolio of
Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Aviation and Senior Diplomat
when Team Unity won the
majority of seats in Parliament.
He has also been working along
with the Minister responsible
for Communications, Works
and Public Utilities in the
NIA to ensure the delivery
of Geothermal Energy to the
island of Nevis.
Mr. Brantley is married and has
two daughters.