Dr. The Hon. Sir Richard Cheltenham, K.A., Q.C., Ph.D., J.P., is a prominent Barbadian lawyer and public official.  He practices law in Barbados and throughout the Eastern Caribbean.  Besides, he has made many appearances before the Privy Council (U.K.).  Born in 1941, Sir Richard received his early education in Barbados and thereafter at the University of The West Indies (Jamaica); McGill University (Canada) and the University of Manchester (England).  In addition, he is a member of the Middle Temple and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July of 1970.   Sir Richard is an acknowledged specialist in Commissions of Inquiry and served as Sole Commissioner in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into allegations of misconduct involving the Prime Minister of Grenada.


Sir Richard has spent over thirty-nine (39) years in the public life of his country and served in the House of Assembly for twenty-three (23) years.  He has held many positions of public trust and responsibility including Minister of Agriculture, Tourism, International Transport and the Environment.  In addition, he has for nine (9) years been his country’s representative in the Joint Parliamentary Assembly.


Sir Richard is presently Chairman of the National Insurance Board and serves as a member of the Barbados Privy Council.


A family man with five (5) children, Sir Richard has wide interests including cricket, music, Barbadian history and international affairs.  He received his country’s highest honour – Knight of St. Andrew – in 2005 for distinguished service to law, public life and community service.