The Prime Minister

PATTERSON, The Right Hon. Percival Noel James, P.C., Q.C., M.P., B.A.(Hons.), LL.B., Attorney-at-Law; Prime Minister of Jamaica since March 1992; President of the People's National Party since March 1992; Founder/Partner, Rattray, Patterson, Rattray.

Born: Cross Roads, St Andrew, April 10, 1935; son of Henry Patterson, Farmer and Ina James-Patterson (both dec'd).

Educated: Calabar High School; University College of the West Indies; London School of Economics, Middle Temple; Leverhulme Scholar and Sir Hughes Parry Prize Winner - L.S.E.

Career: Academic Staff, Munro College 1958-59; Jamaica College 1959-60; Overseas Research Officer, Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation (European Offices) 1960-62; Private Legal Practice 1963-72; Member, Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate 1969-70; Elected Member, Jamaican House of Representatives, appointed Opposition Spokesman for Youth, Sports & Community Development 1970; National Campaign Director, PNP 1972 , 1976 & 1989; Minister of Industry & Tourism 1972-77; Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade 1978-80; Deputy Prime Minister of Jamaica 1978-80 and 1989-91; Minister of Development, Planning & Production 1989-90; Minister of Finance & Planning 1990-91; Chairman, People's National Party 1983-92; Admitted to the Privy Council in December 1992.


Children: 1 son, 1 daughter.

Interests: Sports, Gardening, Reading, Music.

Address: (business) 1 Devon Road, Kingston 10, Tel. 927-9941; (residence) 104 Shortwood Road, Kingston 8.