Mr Edward Bushell is the President of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons, a position he has held for the last 4 years. He is presently an Industrial Relations and Training Advisor to major companies in Barbados and the Caribbean, including the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and LIAT (1974) Ltd. He is a member of the World Bank Arbitration Panel. He completed a tour of duty as Barbados’ Consul General in Miami with responsibility for the South East of the USA. Mr. Bushell has a wealth of experience in the areas of General Management, Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations having served in various senior management positions in Barbados and internationally. He has advised major companies in Barbados during periods of restructuring, mergers or acquisitions, and has also served on the Boards of a number of Private Sector companies as well as a number of Statutory Corporations, Educational institutions and Government agencies. These include the National Productivity Council, Grantley Adams International Airport, GEMS of Barbados Hotels, and the Barbados Tourism Authority and Chairman of The Combermere School. He has also served as a member of the Executive Council of the Barbados Workers Union.
Mr Bushell represented Barbados as an Alternate Member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, and was a Governor of the Consular College in the USA. He has held the position of Executive Director, and then President of the Barbados Employers’ Confederation, and is a founder member of the Human Resource Management Association of Barbados. Mr. Bushell is the recipient of numerous awards including, the Marriott Hotel Manager of the Year Award, the Caribbean Employers’ Confederation Award for Distinguished Service, the Ministry of Education Award for Contribution to Curriculum Development, the National Productivity Council’s Appreciation Award and Award for contribution to its Education Program, and the Human Resource Management Association of Barbados’ Pioneer Award. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 2006 (Commonwealth of Kentucky, USA).
An active proponent of “Healthy Aging”, Mr Bushell is President of the Barbados Masters and Seniors Athletic Club.
Vice PresidentBillie Miller
DAME BILLIE MILLER, DA, BCH, was elected Vice President of BARP in 2012, having previously been a Director since 2009. She is a former Deputy Prime Minister, Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade of Barbados. Dame Billie was educated at Queen's College, Barbados, and King's College, Durham University, and the Council of Legal Education, in England.
A Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn-of-Court, London, Dame Billie was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1968 and to the Bar of Barbados in 1969, and for many years practised as a Barrister and Attorney-at-Law in Barbados. She was the first woman to sit in the Cabinet of Barbados and retired from elective politics in 2008 after 32 years of service. Dame Billie was re-elected as a Member of Parliament for the City of Bridgetown on seven occasions, and has held a wide range of ministerial portfolios She is a former Senator, Leader of Opposition Business, Leader of the House of Assembly, and Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
Dame Billie is currently Deputy Chairman of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (Barbados), and a Board Member of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade, Policy and Services (Cave Hill, UWI), the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington, DC), and Women Deliver (New York). She is a past member of many prestigious organisations, both locally and internationally.
Her many distinguished awards include the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) the Barbados Centennial Award (2000), and Laureate for the United Nations Population Award (2008). The accolade of Dame of St Andrew (Barbados’ highest honour) was conferred on her in 2003 in recognition of her distinguished career and her outstanding contribution to Barbados, International Organisations and Politics.
LINDELL E NURSE has been BARP’s Treasurer since 2012. He retired as a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2012 after over 30 years of service as a professional Accountant. During that period he provided Assurance and Business Advisory services to a wide spectrum of clients, including banking and other financial institutions, statutory corporations, utilities, construction and retail operations. He was the industry partner for Pensions and Government including service to international funding/donor agencies such as European UnionDelegation, USAID and IDB. Mr Nurse was admitted into partnership in 1990 and served in the Barbados, St Vincent and Grenada offices of the firm.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the UK and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados. He served as a member of Council and chairman of the Taxation Committee and is currently a member of the Investigations Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados.
At present Mr Nurse is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Caribbean International Airways Limited and Caribbean Aircraft Handling Company Limited and a director of CaribbeanARI Inc. He is a life member of BARP since 2007 and Past President of Lions Club South.
SANDRA OSBORNE, SCM, QC, has held the post of Secretary since 2011. A former Head Girl of Queen’s College, Barbados, she furthered her education at The University of the West Indies, Mona and Cave Hill campuses, and the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad. She holds a BSc (Hons) (Political Science) and an LLB (Hons) and was called to the Bar in 1978.
She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada (FCIS) with over 35 years’ experience as an Attorney-at-Law and Governance Professional. A former Crown Counsel, Ms Osborne practised at the private Bar before joining the financial services industry where she worked for 25 years, retiring in 2013 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Sagicor.
She has contributed to regulatory reform of the Barbados capital markets. Ms Osborne is Chairman of the Barbados Revenue Authority and a Director of companies in the financial services sector and serves as Chair or a Member of the Corporate Governance Committees of these entities.
She is active in sport administration as the Honorary Legal Advisor, Member of the Executive Board and Chair of the Governance and Integrity Committee of the Commonwealth Games Federation; Legal Advisor to the Appeals Committee of the Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation; Director and Member of the Arbitration, Disciplinary and Governance Commissions of the Barbados Olympic Association Inc; and Vice President of the Barbados Tennis Association Inc.
She was awarded a Silver Crown of Merit in 2006 in recognition of her contribution to the development of electronic trading and settlement for the Barbados capital market, particularly as it relates to demutualisation and dematerialisation of the market and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel of Barbados in 2007.
RUALL HARRIS spent more than thirty years in the Government Service, which he joined in 1967, and where he served for twenty of those years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at home, in London, Caracas and Brussels. In the latter posting he was Ambassador to the European Union from 1984‐87. In this capacity he was intimately involved in the negotiations for the Lomé Convention (which in more recent years became the Cotonou Convention and now the Economic Partnership Agreement). These Agreements governed the trade, economic and technical and financial relations between Barbados and the other Caribbean, African and Pacific Countries (ACP) with the European Union. While in Brussels he was also accredited as Ambassador to Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and Permanent Representative to UNESCO and UNIDO. Mr Harris also served as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Labour (1987‐ 89), of Agriculture and Rural Development (1989‐95) and of Home Affairs (1995‐99) and acted from time to time as Head of the Public Service. He represented Government on a number of regional and international bodies especially the Food and Agriculture Organization. He therefore has a sound and intimate understanding of how Government functions.
He retired from the Public Service in December 1999 in his last posting as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs. After retiring from the Public Service, Mr Harris joined the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry in March 2000 as Trade Officer and in January 2001 was appointed Executive Director from which post he retired in June 2007. In that capacity he represented the Chamber on a number of bodies both Governmental and non‐governmental and regional (e.g. Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce) and gained a sound grasp of business and private sector issues at the local, regional and international levels. He also established networking relations with both local and regional private sector agencies and personalities. Mr Harris is a former Director of Banks Holdings Inc. and a Trustee of the Barbados Institute of Management & Productivity (BIMAP). In 2009 he was appointed Chairman of the St. George South Constituency Council, the newly established organs of local governance in Barbados.
Mr Harris holds a BA (Hons) Upper Second Class in History from the University of the West Indies (Mona campus, Jamaica) and a Diploma in International Affairs (with Distinction) from the Institute of International Relations, UWI (St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago).
J Patrick Cozier
JEFFREY PATRICK COZIER, a Member of BARP’s Consumer Protection Committee, retired effective January 1, 2014 after a successful executive career spanning 37 years, the last 18 of which were in service as Secretary General of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union. He has worked for companies operating at the international, regional and local levels. Mr Cozier holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), and is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management (FCIM), and is one of 15 persons in the Caribbean and Central American region to be qualified as a Chartered Manager (C.Mgr) with the Chartered Institute of Management. Over his career, he has served on the Boards of 10 organizations, and in his retirement, maintains directorships on three.
VIRGINIA MAPP has been a BARP Director since 2014 and is a Member Of BARP’s Investment and Consumer Affairs Committees. She is a former CEO (acting) of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), having previously held the position of General Manager and CEO of the Securities Commission (SC), one of the FSC’s legacy agencies.
She formerly held the position of General Manager of the Barbados Stock Exchange (BSE) and was responsible for upgrading the legislation to separate trading activities from regulation in the Barbados capital markets.
She gained her early work experience in the local Banking industry between 1967 and 1979, before migrating to Canada in 1980 where she attended university while still working in Banking. On returning to Barbados in 1990, Mrs Mapp worked in the Offshore Banking industry before joining the Barbados Development Bank and eventually the BSE, SC, and then the FSC.
Her qualifications include an Associate Degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Toronto, and in Accounting from York University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, (FICB), and previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Frank Da Silva
FRANK DA SILVA was a pioneer clothing manufacturer from 1965. Elected for four terms as President of the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (1971-74 and 1983-84) his company Cavalier Ltd was first to employ disabled Barbadians. In 1986 he was chosen to represent Barbados as resident High Commissioner to Trinidad & Tobago until 1992 - he was also Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in 1991 - and non-resident until 1994.
During the period 1986-1994 Mr da Silva acted as non-resident High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Colombia and Suriname. Barbados’ first Trade Commissioner and Ambassador-at-Large, he was part of the Foreign Exchange Committee comprising of Government, Public Service, Private Sector and Labour that turned the Barbados economy around in two and a half years (1992-1994).
In 2000, Mr da Silva initiated two Lifetime Awards in Barbados - The Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts administered by the Collectors’ Club, Nation Publishing Company, the Central Bank of Barbados and himself, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts given to the Earl Warner Trust for implementation.
He served in the disciplined forces for seven years in Guyana and was an activist member of the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union in Guyana. Persuaded by a leading media personality to become a columnist, he wrote consistently for a Barbadian newspaper over the two-year period 2008-2010.
In the context of sport, Mr da Silva was involved in Judo and more importantly in Boxing as well as a participant for many years in Table Tennis and Volleyball. On the civic front, Mr da Silva was a founder member of the Toastmasters Club of Georgetown, a founder member and president of the Jaycees of Guyana, and a former member of the Rotary Club in Trinidad and Tobago.
THE HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REV. MONSIGNOR VINCENT BLACKETT was ordained to the priesthood in August 1975 and was assigned to the Church of Our Lady Queen of the Universe, Black Rock, where he served as parish priest and Chaplain to the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He was appointed to the St Patrick's Cathedral in 1980 and in 1985 he attended Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, where he graduated in 1978 with a Masters in Philosophy. He returned to Barbados at the end of 1987 and was reappointed to the Church of Our Lady Queen of the Universe where he served for five years.
In 1992 Monsignor Vincent wasinvited by the USPG (Anglican Missionary Society) to become Visiting Fellow at their College of the Ascension, Selly Oak, Birmingham, England, where he lectured for two years in Contextual Theology. It was during his time at College of Ascension that he was invited by the Churches in Africa to take up the position of Coordinator for Ecumenical Leadership and Development at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia. During the time in Zambia, Monsignor Vincent did part time lecturing at the Anglican Theological of St John and the United Church of Zambia Theological College and travelled through Southern and Eastern Africa conducting workshops on Ecumenical Leadership. He was instrumental in helping with the setting up an Ecumenical Council for the Churches of Lubumbashi, Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo).
After five years in Zambia Monsignor Vincent returned to England for a year doing research at the University of Birmingham before returning to Barbados at the end of 2001 where he was appointed Administrator of St Patrick's Cathedral and later Vicar General of the Diocese of Bridgetown. He was also elected Chairman of the Barbados Christian Council. In 2009 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVl conferred the title Monsignor, appointing him as chaplain to His Holiness and he now bears the title The Right Reverend Monsignor Vincent Blackett. In 2012 His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave Governor General of Barbados appointed Monsignor Vincent a member of the Privy Council. At the beginning of 2016 Monsignor Vincent was reassigned to the Church of Our Lady, Black Rock, where he serves asParish Priest and Chaplain to the University of the West Indies.