Sir Simon McDonald

Sir Simon McDonald, the permanent under secretary and head of diplomatic service at the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office, is visiting the Virgin Islands from Thursday through Saturday.

Sir Simon McDonald
The trip — Sir Simon’s first to the territory — is part of his larger tour of the hurricane-ravaged region, according to Government Information Services.

While here, he is scheduled to meet with Premier Dr. Orlando Smith (R-at large), Governor Gus Jaspert, and the other Cabinet ministers, as well as public officers and business leaders.

Sir Simon is the most senior public servant in the FCO, according to GIS.

“Five months after Category Five hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the Caribbean, I am visiting the two worst affected UK overseas territories,” he tweeted on Thursday, referring to the VI and Anguilla.