The Rt.Hon. Freundel Jerome Stuart, Q.C., M.P. was born on the 27th day of April, 1951 at the parish of St. Philip, Barbados.
After receiving his primary education first at the St. Mark’s Boys’ and, later at the St. Martin’s Junior School, he entered the Boys’ Foundation School where he received his secondary education. On leaving the Boys’ Foundation School in 1969 he taught Spanish and History at the Princess Margaret Secondary School.
While still a teacher, he registered as a part-time student at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in 1971. He graduated in 1975 with the Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Political Science and History.
In 1977, he entered the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies, graduating in 1980 with the Bachelor of Laws degree with honours. Between 1980 and 1982 he read for the Master of Laws degree in Public International Law where he specialised in the Nature and Sources of International Law; Law of the Sea; and International Law as it relates to Foreign Private Investment and the New International Economic Order.
Between 1982 and 1984 he also read for the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School, and was admitted to the Bar of Barbados in 1984. He practised as a defense lawyer from 1984 until January, 2008.
The Rt. Hon. Freundel J. Stuart, Q.C., M.P., has for several years been a member of the Democratic Labour Party, serving that party in several capacities, including that of President; of Member of Parliament for the Constituency of St. Philip South during the period 1994 – 1999; and of Senator during the period 2003 – 2007.
He became a Member of Parliament for the Constituency of St. Michael South in January 2008 and was elevated to the status and dignity of Queens Counsel in September, 2008. He served as Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs until his appointment as the seventh Prime Minister of Barbados on 23rd October, 2010.
In 2010-2011, the United Nations Secretary General appointed him as one of the 22 members of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, which produced the 2012 report entitled: “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing”.
On February 21, 2013 he led the Democratic Labour Party to success at the general elections held on that date and commenced his second term as Prime Minister.
On January 24, 2014, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II elevated him to the membership of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council entitling him to use the title “Right Honourable”.
On May 26, 2016, for his dedication and commitment to the Caribbean Community, and for his unflinching support for the rights of Small Island Developing States, the Order of Roraima of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the highest honour which that country can confer on a foreign national, was bestowed on him by the President, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, at an investiture held at State House, Guyana.
On March 8, 2017, the Governing Body of Keble College, Oxford University, in the United Kingdom, elected Mr. Stuart as one of its Honorary Fellows.
His interests are reading and listening to music. Mr. Stuart is single and is the father of one daughter.