Kiernan Bell Appointed To The Senate

September 20, 2022 | 4 Comments

Kiernan Bell Bermuda September 2022Ms Kiernan Bell has been appointed as the new Independent Senator, Government House announced today.

A Government House spokesperson said, “Following the retirement of Mrs Michelle Simmons from the Senate, Her Excellency the Governor, acting in her discretion in accordance with Section 27 of the Bermuda Constitution, has appointed Ms Kiernan Bell as an Independent Senator.”

The Governor said “I am grateful to Ms Bell for her willingness to join the Senate as an Independent Senator. She brings her own unique experiences to the work of the Senate which I believe will be of value and I wish her well in her future duties.”

Ms Bell worked at Appleby from 1994 through 2017, serving in several leadership roles including Bermuda managing partner. Since her retirement she has served as an Assistant Justice with the Supreme Court of Bermuda. She has also served on various statutory boards, tribunals and panels, and is a past President of the Bermuda Bar Association.

This appointment follows after Michelle Simmons confirmed that she would step down as an Independent Senator, effective August 31, 2022.

The Senate consists of 11 members, five selected by the Governing party, three by the official Opposition, and three Independents appointed by the Governor.

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    Congratulations Ms Bell

  2. Congrats says:

    Never heard of her. Surely we should be told something about her community record. OK, we will have to wait and see if she is a progressive conservative or what her priorities are. An opportunity to progress Bermuda is what is needed and not the constant retorts to a statement from either side.

    • saud says:

      Never heard of you either. Have you ever contributed anything to Bermuda? Have you ever contributed anything to any society anywhere?

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “… we will have to wait and see if she is a progressive conservative or what her priorities are”

        Ms Bell is an independent member of the Senate. What you appear to be saying is that you do not believe that independent Senators are actually independent (or, perhaps, should not be).

        Ms Bell is a proven lawyer, judge and company director. Her professional accomplishments should speak for themselves.

        I do not recall such questions when Alf Oughton or James Jardine were made independent Senators. Why now. Because Ms Bell is female?

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