Born on April 27, 1951, and raised in the rural parish of St. Philip, Mr. Stuart credits his late mother, Eulene Stuart, with instilling the core values that have guided and sustained him since childhood. His father passed away when he was 9 years old.
On graduating from secondary school in 1960, Freundel Stuart taught Spanish and History. 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 where he graduated 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 specialized 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 read for the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago and was admitted to the Bar of Barbados. He practised as a defence lawyer from 1984 until 2008. The Hon. Freundel J. Stuart, Q.C., M.P., became a Member of Parliament in January 2008 and served as Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs until his appointment as Prime Minister on 23rd October, 2010. Prior to this, Mr. Stuart served as a Senator during the period 2003 – 2007 and as Member of Parliament for St. Philip South during the period 1994 – 1999.
Within the quasi-cabinet of individual Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Prime Minister Stuart has responsibility for implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) including monetary union.