Doctor of Laws (honorary), Andrews University, Michigan, 1996. Student, Singapore University, 1964. Student, Northhampton College of Technology, 1967.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University Dundee, 1972.
Selected by Vere Cornwall Bird (the country"s first prime minister), his term ended in June 2007, after 14 years in office. He received his early schooling at Bolans Public School, before moving to the United Kingdom to continue his education at Northampton College of Advanced Technology. He then took a Bachelor"s degree in dentistry at the University of Dundee.
Carlisle practised in both Antigua and Britain.
Upon his return to Antigua in 1981 he went into private practice, the fourth dentist on the island. However, he built up his private practice and also undertook work as a dental officer in the public service.
With help from the ex-prime minister, Vere Bird, one of his patients, who offered the position of Governor-General to him, he assisted with the development of a Fluoride programme for children, and assisted the ex prime minister institute a free dental service. Carlisle was in the British Royal Air Force from 1961 to 1966.
He was also commissioned in the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force between 1983 and 1993.
As Governor-General he was automatically appointed as Commander of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force. Carlisle involved himself in the local community. He was Chairman of the National Parks Authority, which he ran before he was nominated by the then prime minister as Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda.
As Governor-General Sir James was the representative of the Queen, the country"s head of state.
As Governor-General, Carlisle held the following positions: Grandmaster of four Antiguan Orders of Chivalry as Governor-General Chief Scout of the Antigua and Barbuda Branch of The Scout Association Patron of the Renal Society of Antigua and Barbuda.
Chairman National Parks Authority, 1986-1990, Tabitha Senior Citizens' Home, 1987-1990. Volunteer dentist Baptist Dental Clinic, 1981-1983. Manager flouride program Catholic Dental Center, 1983-1986.
Initiator Free Dental Care Program Children & Elderly, 1993. Founder, Clarence House Restoration Trust, Government House Restoration Trust, Antigua and Barbuda Beautification Commission, Habitat for Humanity Antigua and Barbada, Canada-Antigua and Barbada Heritage and Educational Foundation. Member Royal Air Force Association.
With Royal Air Force, 1961-1966, Grade I, order of St. John, Knight of Justice, 2001. Fellow Royal College Surgeons of Edinburgh (honorary). Member American Academy Laser Dentistry, International Association Laser Dentistry, British Dental Association.
Married; 5 children.