Patricia Penrod Saxton is the Director of the Turks and Caicos National Museum (TCNM). She was appointed in September, 2010.

Patricia moved to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, in 1998 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, where she was a Sales and Advertising Executive for over twenty years.  Upon arriving in Grand Turk, she realized the need for pure drinking water, and started a business: Island Pure Water. Within two years, she handed the reins of the profitable company over to her husband Neil. This allowed her to pursue a new career in helping local businesses become more profitable. She also started volunteering as a fund-raiser for the Turks and Caicos National Museum, was instrumental in establishing Rotary in Grand Turk, and was a first responder with the Red Cross.  She is a contributing writer for the Astrolabe series in the Times of the Islands Magazine.

Business management is Patricia’s background, with an emphasis on fund-raising for non-profit organizations. Evaluating non-profits and helping them to become self-sufficient is a challenge in which she thrives. In the USA, she was involved with Rotary International as a fund raiser, and volunteered with United Way and the Red Cross in fund-raising efforts.

Under her role as Director of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, the Museum has been able to work with the UKOTCF in establishing some of the most innovative bird-trails in the Caribbean, and to create the Cultural and Botanical Gardens in Grand Turk, TCI.

In less than two years, she was able to cut spending and increase revenue through grants, outright donations and new tours, so the TCNM would be on track for her goal, to be self-sufficient within three years. Hiring the right people, enlisting volunteers, renting out the Museum’s own facilities, and launching new self-sustaining tours have helped get the Museum back on its feet.  It was a bold decision by the Board of Trustee’s to enlist a “business team” to run the Museum.

Business is not the only passion Patricia has. She has always been keen on environmental issues, conservation and volunteering. Raising two sons, she instilled this mindset to both of her children. Her older son, Bryan (Naqqi) Manco, is a botanist and naturalist working for Turks and Caicos Islands Government, and her younger son, Brad Manco, is in the US Air Force in the Explosive Ordnance Division. 

Patricia lives on Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, with her beloved and patient husband Neil, and their four active large dogs. She enjoys travelling, writing, gardening, and visiting her grandchild, Mya in Tampa Florida.