Dr. the Honourable
Andrew Wheatley MP
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology
Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley is in his second term as Member of Parliament for South Central St. Catherine. He was appointed Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Energy and Technology in March 2016 and is a Deputy General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party.
Dr. Wheatley served as Councillor for the Naggo Head Division of the St. Catherine Parish Council for nine years. He was Mayor of Spanish Town from 2005 to 2012 following a stint as Deputy Mayor of Spanish Town and Vice-Chairman of the St. Catherine Parish Council, from June 2003 to 2005. He was Vice-President of the Association of Local Government Authorities (ALGA) from 2007 to 2012 and has served as Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT, Digital Society Development and the Environment.
He was born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine and received his early education at St. Catherine Preparatory, Braeton Primary and Junior High and St. Jago High Schools. At the tertiary level, he attended the University of the West Indies, Prairie View A & M University and Imperial College at the University of London.
Dr. Wheatley is a British Commonwealth Scholar. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry (Hons.) as well as a Doctorate in Basic Medicine.
A Senior Lecturer in Basic Medicine and a Research Scientist at the University of the West Indies, his work includes studies in the areas of Diabetes Management; Reversal of the Effects of Cocaine Addiction; Genetic Engineering against Disease and Stress Conditions; Pharmaceutical Properties of Indigenous Materials and Tissue Culturing.
Dr. Wheatley has had numerous publications in International Peer-Reviewed Journals. In addition, he has, to his credit, two local and two international patents.
His vision is for the Ministry to become the driving force that propels Jamaica’s transition into a world-class society through innovation in its portfolio areas of Science, Energy and Technology, thereby creating avenues for employment and national development that ultimately fuels growth.