Government of Bermuda
Ministry of Public Works
On July 20th, 2017, Lieutenant Colonel, the Hon. David A. Burch, OBE (Mil), ED, JP, MP, was appointed the Minister of Public Works following the Progressive Labour Party’s (PLP) election victory on July 18th, 2017.
Minister Burch attended West End Primary School, Southampton Glebe School and Sandy’s Secondary School. He also attended two of Britain’s best military schools: The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and The School of Infantry, Warminster.
Minister Burch has an extensive background in underwriting property and casualty risks, with specific emphasis on computerized reporting having spent 20 years in the International Business sector as a Reinsurance Underwriting Manager with several Fortune 500 companies.
Colonel Burch served as the Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Regiment from 1994 to 1997 – retiring after almost 20 years of active military service. He attended training and attachments to fellow military units in the UK, Canada, Belize, Jamaica and the US, and was awarded the Efficiency Decoration in 1990 for outstanding military service, and the First Clasp in 1996. Minister Burch was honoured for his military service by Her Majesty, The Queen in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours, being awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Military Division.
Colonel Burch is no stranger to Government, having held several Ministerial Portfolios. His first Cabinet appointment saw him serve as the Government Leader in the Senate and Minister Without Portfolio. In October 2005, he served as the Minister of Works and Engineering and Housing. In October 2006, he was appointed the Minister of Public Safety and Housing. In December 2007 he was appointed the Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Housing and in November 2010 he was appointed Minister of National Security.