Sandy Hermiston  cayman islands obudsman employee

Sandy Hermiston


Ms. Hermiston was appointed Cayman’s first Ombudsman in September 2017.  She has more than 35 years of experience as a lawyer, most of which have been spent in the public service.

Sandy’s public service career began in 1990 in Canada’s far north (Yellowknife, NWT) where she spent seven years living and working in a small jurisdiction where the breath of work was wide and communities tight knit.  She then moved “south” to Edmonton,  Canada’s most northern major city, where she spent 17 years as general counsel to an administrative tribunal, acquiring extensive expertise in administrative law and procedural fairness.  In 2014 Sandy was appointed general counsel to the independent offices of the Alberta Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner, working to resolve complaints of fairness and whistleblowing disclosures.

During her career as a public servant, Sandy has demonstrated her ability to establish herself in newly-created positions, having done so three times in three different jurisdictions. She possesses a broad understanding and knowledge of public administration and government structures and functions, as well as significant experience in the governance of public bodies.

Sandy is committed to ensuring fair treatment, reasonable decision-making and transparency in the Cayman Islands public service. She sees complaints, requests for information and whistleblower disclosures as opportunities for meaningful dialogue and improvement. She will ensure that where things go wrong, action is taken to put them right wherever possible.