The Director of Public Prosecutions, born Paula Vanessa Llewellyn, is the first woman to be appointed to that Office within the Island. On graduating from the St. Hugh’s High School, Ms. Llewellyn embarked on the study of law and completed this programme in 1984. In that same year she was appointed in the position of Clerk of Court in the St. James Resident Magistrate’s Court. From there, she was promoted to Crown Counsel at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and within seven years of working in that office, Ms. Llewellyn was appointed Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions.
In 1999 Ms. Llewellyn became the first woman to act in the position of Director, and in 2003 became the first female to be appointed in the position of Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. In May 2008, Ms. Llewellyn was appointed as Her Majesty’s Queen Counsel, with the Order of Distinction conferred with the rank of Commander in August of that same year. In November, the Director was the recipient of the Civil Service Long Service Medal for twenty-five years in the public service.
Ms. Llewellyn has one daughter and attends the Saint Mary’s Anglican Church. She is also a member of the Trailblazers Toastmasters Club and believes that professionalism and excellence must be at the heart of service to her fellow citizens.