Zane DeSilva, a successful entrepreneur, translated his passionate commitment to Bermuda into an entry into the political arena as a candidate in 2007 General Election under the banner of the Progressive Labour Party. He was elected Member of Parliament for the Southampton East Central constituency.
In December 2009, he was appointed Minister Without Portfolio, and worked closely with the then Premier on prospective hotel developments. He was instrumental in the passing of the Municipalities Amendment Act in 2010. He acted for numerous Cabinet Ministers between 2009 and 2010 and was appointed Minister of Health in November 2010. In that year, he held Bermuda's first 'Health Financing Summit'. In 2011 he unveiled the 'National Health Plan Consultation Paper'. He has oversight of Bermuda's first Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the new hospital; Bermuda's largest construction project.
He was educated at Boaz Island Primary School and Saltus Grammar School. At Bermuda College he studied first Business Management and later Accountancy & Bookkeeping.
Zane is President & CEO of Island Construction Services Ltd. (simply known as "ICS' in Bermuda) which holds the position of one of Bermuda's largest and longest established construction companies. He was trained within the business holding various positions eventually ascending to the position of President in 1992. Since then he has been instrumental in the growth and diversification of the company to its present position as one of Bermuda's largest locally owned and operated companies.
A keen sportsman, he is a Life Member of Watford Sports Club, Somerset Bridge Recreation Club, St. David's Cricket Club, East End Mini-Yacht Club and the Bermuda Athletic Association. His sporting achievements include representing Bermuda in Track & Field (Cross country), in Snooker and at the Golf World Championship in Venezuela in 1994.
He is known throughout the community for his philanthropic activities and ICS hosts numerous
sporting events, funds many community projects and makes significant annual contributions to church groups and charitable organizations.
He is married and he and his wife have two children and four Grandchildren.
Zane is currently the PLP Spokesperson for Public Safety.