RONNIE BISSESSAR is an Attorney- at- Law with a commercial law practice and a mediator certified by the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. He is a director and Chairman of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute whose principal objective is to encourage corporate governance best practices; he has also served as a Lecturer in Business Law at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and is presently a Lecturer in Corporate Practice and Procedure at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
Mr. Bissessar has represented the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in contentious proceedings at the Caribbean Court of Justice.
He has authored over one hundred (100) articles and monographs in the areas of Law, Economics and Public Policy, and serves as a Panel Member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank in Washington.
He is past President of the Barbados National Trust and is President of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society since 1989. He is a founding member and Honorary Legal Adviser to the Barbados Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, an original Trustee and Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Trust in Barbados, and the charter Chairman of the Governor General’s Awards on Environmental Achievements. He was also the Founder Chairman of the Barbados Youth Business Trust and is a retired Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award World Fellowship.
He has been the Honorary Consul of Mexico and was also appointed by the Government of The Seychelles under the auspices of the United Nations to act as its Consultant and Adviser on the reform of various aspects of its planning and environmental law legislation.
In March of 2013, he was appointed by the Governor General of Barbados as an Independent Senator to Barbados’ Upper Chamber.
Sir Trevor was awarded the Knight of St. Andrew in 2013 and in 2016, he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies.
MELANIE JONES is a partner based in the Barbados office of law firm, Lex Caribbean. She established and continues to lead both Lex’s International Business Group and its Entrepreneurial Business Group.
Melanie is a director and past President of the Barbados International Business Association (“BIBA”) where she also founded and continues to lead the BIBA Legal Profession Committee. She is also a director of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation and leader of its business facilitation pillar.
ROLAND HAGGINS, Vice President, Enterprise Integration and Sales, as over fifteen years of global finance industry experience, working with large financial institutions including Franklin Templeton Investments. He has significant experience piloting projects in the areas of banking, investments and technology.
Roland has contributed to the design and implementation of Blockchain applications to create digital financial ecosystems.. He has used his knowledge of the financial system to develop and coordinate banking and finance courses for the University of the West Indies.
Dr David S Berry, BA (UT), LLB (UBC), LLM (Queen’s), PhD (Edin), MCIArb, Barrister and Attorney-at-Law, is Dean of the Faculty of Law of the UWI Cave Hill Campus. He teaches in the areas of public international law and regional integration law, including a comparative course entitled ‘Caribbean Integration Law’. He has written articles and chapters in the same fields as well as in the areas of the law of treaties, aboriginal law, philosophy of law and feminist theory. Dr Berry’s most recent books are Caribbean Integration Law (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Transitions in Caribbean Law: Lawmaking Constitutionalism and the Confluence of National and International Law (co-edited with Tracy Robinson, Ian Randle Publishers, 2013).
Dr Berry has served as Deputy Agent, Legal Adviser or Counsel, for the State of Barbados in cases before a number of tribunals, including the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the Barbados-Trinidad Maritime Boundary Arbitration, and the Caribbean Court of Justice. He served as counsel for Barbados in the CCJ case of Shanique Myrie v Barbados, and advised counsel in the CCJ case of Maurice Tomlinson v Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. He has also served as an Arbitrator in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes case.
GLADYS YOUNG is the Senior Legal Officer at the CARICOM Secretariat responsible for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy and has been the office-in-charge of the CSME unit since 2014. She advises on the implementation of the CSME and representation of the Community before the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Ms. Young was an Assistant Attorney General of Jamaica where she was involved in the negotiation and implementation of a wide range of bilateral, regional and international agreements and represented the Government before several international and regional organisations including the Sixth Committee of the United Nations, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and the Follow-Up Mechanism on the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (alternate expert).
Ms. Young, a Commonwealth Scholar, has an LL.M in International Economic Law from the University College London, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. and is admitted to practise law in Barbados, Jamaica and Washington, D.C. .
SHELLEY NICHOLLS-HUNTE is the Director of the Barbados Financial Intelligence Unit. She was appointed its Director in 2009. Mrs. Nicholls-Hunte has represented Barbados and served as speaker at several national, regional and international conferences and seminars on AML/CFT. She has assisted in the formulation of several key pieces of legislation including the current Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (Prevention and Control) Act, 2011-23. She trains financial institutions in their responsibilities under the local anti-money laundering legislation.
Mrs Nicholls-Hunte is a trained assessor in the FATF Methodology 2004 and 2013, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and is currently pursuing her designation as a Certified Financial Crime Specialist.
Sir David Simmons was appointed Chief Justice of Barbados on 1 January 2001. Between 1960 and 1965 he studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, graduating in 1963, with the LL.B. (Hons.) degree and in 1965, the Master of Laws degree (LL.M).
After lecturing in law in London until 1970, he returned to Barbados and joined the Law Chambers of Mr. Henry Forde, Q.C. Between 1970 and 1975,
Sir David was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984 and among the highlights of his practice as an attorney-at-law are his successful representation of clients in 32 of 33 murder cases and his success in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the first civil appeal from Barbados in 30 years to that body in the 1982 case of Elias v. Sahely.
Sir David served as Attorney-General of Barbados, (1985 to 1986) and (1994 to 2001), and he reformed and modernized the laws of Barbados in a wide variety of areas and represented Barbados at regional and international conferences. He was the Chairman of the Joint U.S/Caribbean Committee which developed a Plan of Action on justice and security issues for signature by Caribbean Heads of Government and President Bill Clinton in 1997. The new Rules of the Supreme Court 2008 and the construction of the new Supreme Court Complex at Whitepark Road, two initiatives which he began as Attorney-General, are lasting legacies to the vision and reformist zeal of Sir David during his tenure as Chief Justice.
Since his retirement as Chief Justice on 28 April 2010, Sir David is currently serving as a member of the Judicial and Legal Service Commissions of the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands (as Chairman) and is Chairman of the Integrity Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
DONOVAN C. WALKER is a Partner at Hart Muirhead Fatta, with over 25 years of experience practicing in the areas of corporate, commercial, maritime, real estate, mortgage financing, mergers and acquisitions, sports and entertainment law.
Donovan was President of the JamBar (2014-2016) and is a Member of its Commercial Law, Publications, Revenue and Continuing Legal Education Sub-Committees. He is a Vice-President of the Organisation of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations (OCCBA).
Donovan serves as the Chairman or a director of several institutions including Subway (Jamaica) Limited, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce Pocket Rocket Foundation and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica.
He was named as one of the Leading Commercial Lawyers in Jamaica by Chambers Global as well as IFLR.
She configured the JEMS (Judicial Enforcement Management System) software for the inauguration of the Family Court in 2004, and similarly for the implementation of the Civil Proceeding Rules in 2005. In 2008 she led a team to examine service delivery at two courts within the magisterial jurisdiction and in 2010 she piloted a video-conferencing solution with mapped processes and policies between the Courts and the Prisons to facilitate remote appearances by accused.
In 2010 she led a management team which mapped the organization’s core and support processes, identified the disconnects with key justice sector stakeholders and initiated efforts to bridge the informational gaps between those agencies and the Judiciary.
ANDREW PILGRIM is a Queen’s Counsel and a former President of the Barbados Bar Association who has been in in practice as a criminal defence Attorney for 25 years. He is renowned for his expertise in Criminal Law and his advocacy for the transformation of the Criminal Justice System. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Barbados Drug Treatment Court and the Steering Committee of the Justice Improvement Project which is being administered by the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Mr. Lonny Rollins is the current Director-Enterprise Risk Management-Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption at Thomson Reuters. In that capacity he advises organizations in the creation of technological solutions for effective GRC (Governance Risk Compliance) Programs. He has provided this advice to over 500 large client organizations the world over including in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
He is currently an Advisory Board Member Southern California Institute for Corporate Counsel
Beverley Joy Walrond QC is an Attorney-at-Law in private practice in Barbados who was first called to the Bar in England on 10th February, 1970. She has since that date practised in Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Barbados. She was elevated to the rank of Queen’s Counsel in Barbados in February 1995 and has twice served as an acting Judge of the High Court of Barbados.
She was President of the Barbados Bar Association from 1992 to 1995 and served as a Member of the Council of the Barbados Bar Association for many years.
She represented the Barbados Bar on the Council of Legal Education for 23 years during some of which time she also served as a Member of the Executive Council and of several Sub-Committees of that body until September 2016.
Cheryl-Ann Jerome Alexander is a proud graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School. She was called to the bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 1991. She practiced in Trinidad for eight years as an instructing attorney-at-law and as a state legal officer. She was Senior Legal Officer in the Ministry of National Security before being recruited by the Council of Legal Education in 1999 to join the staff of the Eugene Dupuch Law School. She served there for three years before returning to Hugh Wooding Law School in 2002.
She was promoted to the position of Senior Tutor in 2008 and continues to serve in that capacity. She currently acts in the position of Principal of the Hugh Wooding Law School in the absence of the substantive office holder, who is on sabbatical leave.
Mr Justice Ivor Archie is the youngest person to become Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago, at the age of 47 in 2008. He has spearheaded many innovative initiatives for the promotion and advancement of the administration of justice in Trinidad and Tobago including the widespread application of information communication technologies in the courts, Maximum Sentence Indication hearings in the Criminal courts, the implementation of new criminal proceedings rules, to the adoption of drug treatment courts and the introduction of a Juvenile Youth Court and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Civil Courts. Mr Justice Ivor Archie is also President of the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago and The Trinidad and Tobago Judicial Education Institute, Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.and a trained mediator.
Lemuel Jude Murphy obtained his Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School in 2000, joining the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago that same year. He entered into private practice immediately and distinguished himself as a successful advocate for the less fortunate and hard case clients.
His notable contributions can be seen in the area of consumer rights (Danley Maharaj v Sterling Services Limited) ,medical negligence claim procedure (Isaiah Roberts v Medcorp and of course, Cyber Harassment and Breach of Confidence claims (Therese Ho v Lendl Simmons).
In addition to being a co-head of one of the recognized law chambers of Trinidad and Tobago (Regius Chambers), Lemuel is currently a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Law Reform Commission (2011-2017) and a Commissioner on the Statutory Authorities Service Commission
Roderick Sargeant is an Experienced ICT Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. With over 5 years of experience in the Network Security Industry, Roderick has helped several key organizations review and implement comprehensive security strategies.
Ian Wood, BSc, MSc, CISA, CISM, CRISC is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of KPMG in Barbados and has over 30 years’ experience in IT and Information Risk Management He has responsibility for delivering KPMG’s IT Advisory & Cyber Security services in the KPMG Barbados and Eastern Caribbean offices, including the development and deployment of IT audit services. Ian is also the designated National IT Security Officer (NITSO) within KPMG Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean with responsibilities for establishing, operating and enforcing an IT security organization, which complies with the set of KPMG Information Security Requirements (KISRs) established by KPMG International.
Mr. David Lewis is a Pharmacist by Profession and the owner of Caribbean Aerial Photography. Mr Lewis has over 17 years experience in building and flying model aircraft.
For the last 5 years he has specialized in UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle/drone)technology which is to date is employed for the purposes of Real Estate Valuations, Agriculture and Search and Rescue
Professor Eddy Ventose is an Attorney-at-Law and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, having trained at Slaughter and May in London. His main areas of expertise are: intellectual property law, e-commerce law, human rights law, constitutional law and administrative law. He started his career at the Cave Hill Campus as a Lecturer in Law (2006), Senior Lecturer (2011) and Professor of Law (2012).
Professor Ventose has over 70 publications including Commonwealth Caribbean Administrative Law (2012) and Commonwealth Caribbean Intellectual Property Law (forthcoming in 2018). Professor Ventose was awarded the coveted Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2012. He recently completed a two-month stint as Master (Ag.) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Professor Ventose holds an LL.B. (first class honours) from UWI (99’), an LL.M. (first class honours) from University of Cambridge (00’) and a D.Phil. from University of Oxford (05’).
Adriana Linares is a legal technology consultant with her company, LawTech Partners. Using her practical and personal approach to technology she helps legal professionals use it to maximize their skills and investments through training and consulting She served as Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2017; works as a technology consultant to the Florida Bar Board of Governors, serves on the board of the Florida Justice Technology Center and hosts the New Solo podcast on Legal Talk Network.
Mr. Gregory Blackett has twenty three years experience in retail banking and technical support with a multinational bank, supporting the business’ local and Eastern Caribbean installations. As a senior analyst, he has been deeply involved in the implementation and maintenance of disaster recovery and business continuity protocols for the region.
Currently a consultant with a leading local IT training provider, he promotes these principles at all levels as critical components of any Information Technology Policy. He works with selected service partners to provide training and technology solutions locally and in the Eastern Caribbean.
Dr. Phillips has been a major player in the domestic capital market and is one of the Caribbean’s leading authorities on corporate practice, board governance, amalgamations, public share offerings and mergers & acquisitions.
Dr. Phillips served as Chairman of the Barbados National Bank , the Barbados Stock Exchange, which he helped to establish and served as a Director from its inception. He was also a member of drafting committee of the Barbados and OECS Companies Acts.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, the Association of International Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Bankers
He earned his doctorate from Bradford University (UK) and has authored two texts. Dr. Phillips, was appointed a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire by Her Majesty in the Queen’s New Year honours 2000.
He joined the office of the Attorney-General in 1996 as Crown Counsel and first acted as Magistrate in 2003 in District E, he was subsequently appointed Deputy Registrar in the Copyright Unit of the Intellectual Property Office. He acted as Deputy Registrar in the Registration Department of the Supreme Court in 2005.
He has been the legal officer/troop commander for the Barbados Defence Force Reserve for 24 years, and has been responsible for Courts Martial concerning offences under the Defence Act; drafting of legal documents and opinions; provision of legal advice to the Chief of Staff and the Force Headquarters
Magistrate Birch was appointed in 2006 and served as Magistrate for 10 years until he was appointed Chief Magistrate in 2016
Ms. Evelyn Forde is President and Founder of QBMED Inc (QuickBooks Support Center). She is a QuickBooks Certified Pro Advisor, trainer and business mentor. Her extensive QuickBooks knowledge and experience has helped many businesses achieve financial success across all sectors regionally and internationally.