In 2013, Hon. Mark Brantley was lauded as someone with the caliber and experience to help lead the island of Nevis at a critical point in its development when renewed leadership was necessary for the successful implementation of strategies to take advantage of market opportunities ahead.
Minister Brantley is a lawyer by profession. He received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of the West Indies – Cave Hill Campus in 1992, and his Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in 1994. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Norman Manley Law School, only the 4th such award in the then history of the law school, and graduated First in Class. He also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford (1995). Having been called to the St. Kitts-Nevis Bar in 1994, he has practiced extensively before the High Courts and Court of Appeal. He is also a member of the Bar in Anguilla (1996), Grenada (2009), Antigua & Barbuda (2009) and Dominica (2010). He has taken a leave of absence from the practice and his law firm – Daniel, Brantley & Associates – to pursue his political career. Hon. Brantley entered politics in 2006 as a senator in the Nevis Island Assembly for the opposition, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM). In 2007, he was elected to the Federal House of Assembly and became the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. He was again elected as Leader of the Opposition in the Federal Assembly after the 2010 Federal Election.
In 2013, he was elected and became a part of the CCM led Nevis Island Administration (NIA). He was named Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, Health, Gender, Social Affairs, Social Development, Youth, Sports, Culture, Community Development and Information. Following the 2015 Federal Election, Minister Brantley again won his seat in the Federal Parliament and assumed the portfolio of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation and Senior Diplomat.
He has also been working along with the Minister responsible for Communications, Works and Public Utilities in the NIA to ensure the delivery of Geothermal Energy to the island of Nevis.
The Hon. Mark Brantley is married and has two daughters.