- Board Member since 2017.
- She serves on BARP’s Insurance Oversight Committee and the Contracts Review Committee. Ms. Rice-Bowen is a retired Financial Advisor.
- Her advocacy and NGO career spans many years, during which time she served with both local and regional organisations:
- YWCA: As President of the YWCA in 2007, she initiated the School Breakfast Club which has grown from approximately 20 children to 1,000 receiving free breakfast daily.
- National Organisation of Women (NOW): Marilyn Rice-Bowen is well known as a firm advocate for Women’s rights. She led the 5,000 strong organisation in the heightening of awareness towards the elimination of Domestic Violence from the social landscape. In her fight against Domestic Violence, she led a team of women in enabling through the passage of Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Amended Act 2016 through the Houses of Parliament then to the Senate.
- Caribbean Women’s Association (CARIWA): She was also President of CARIWA which focuses on “Domestic Awareness” and “Women in Disaster Preparedness”.
- National Committees:
- National Steering Committee of the UN GEF Small Grants Programme: This initiative approves funding for micro-projects which focus on sustainability and through which funding is made available to community based projects and NGOs.
- Ms. Rice-Bowen is fully committed to challenge outdated beliefs and spark new insights that allow people to adapt the new realities of ageing – solutions to everyday issues such as health, financial resilience, digital and social connectivity, work opportunities and personal fulfillment.
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.
- Over thirty years’ experience as a finance professional starting at The Central Bank of Barbados before joining ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd.
- She was appointed Finance Director / Corporate Secretary, a position she held until her retirement in 2013.
- She also served as a Director and Member of the Audit Committees of most of its subsidiaries, including Consolidated Finance Company Limited, Brydens Insurance Inc. and Brydens Stokes.
- She was also a Director of Barbados National Oil Co Ltd for 15+ years where she chaired the Finance and Audit Committee of that Board. She served as a Trustee of the Pension Fund and was a member of the Establishments Committee.
- Ms. Hinds is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the UK and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados.
- Monica is a Member of the Kiwanis Club of Barbados Central where she was the Charter President and has continued to serve on its Board of Directors in various capacities. She is also a Member of the Management Committee of Almair Home and a Member and Past Treasurer of the St Cyprian Parochial Church Council.
Chartered Accountant with 45 years’ experience working in professional accounting firms and private and public sector enterprises.
Past Vice President of the Barbados Hockey Federation; he represented Barbados in hockey and is a sports enthusiast in cricket, football and hockey.
Past Secretary and Treasurer of the Combermere School Old Scholars Association.
- An attorney-at-law by profession who transitioned into corporate management after eighteen (18) years in private legal practice.
- She joined the Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union in 1998 as Legal Officer, transitioning on promotion to General Counsel in 2003. These senior managerial roles encompassed the running and administration of the fledgling Legal Department, together with providing legal advisory services to the Board and elected committees, while consistently enhancing the department’s revenues.
- During her tenure at the Credit Union, Miss Alleyne served as General Counsel (2003-2006), Chief Executive Officer (2007-2013), Group CEO (2014-2018), and Group CEO of the BPW Group of Companies comprising Capita Financial Services Inc., Capita Insurance Brokers Inc., and BPW Financial Holdings Inc.
- Miss Alleyne’s record of success at the Credit Union’s helm speaks for itself, expanding the organization’s assets from $600M to $1.3B. An incisive and transformational leadership approach ensured operational expansion and enhanced visibility primarily through:
- Implementation of financial technology through the Credit Union’s entry on the CarIFS switch;
- Establishment of a Contact Centre offering toll free access to members in the diaspora;
- Expanded branch and ATM network; growing from two (2) to six (6) branches including a full service secured mobile branch;
- Increased ATM locations increased from three (3) to (20) twenty;
- Acquisition of CAPITA Financial Services Inc. in September 2010 with an offshore location in St. Lucia, and the establishment of BPW Financial Holdings and CAPITA Insurance Brokers Inc.;
- Establishment of Legacy Foundation to bolster corporate social responsibility initiatives consistent with an ethos of prioritizing philanthropy.
- Up until her retirement in June 2018, Miss Alleyne spearheaded the Annual Olive Trotman Memorial Lecture Series, scouting speakers to motivate and inspire, while showcasing the reality of achieving in the face of adversity.
- She is an Honorary Rotarian, a member of UWI’s Research Ethics Committee, an alumnus of UWI, CUNA Management School, University of Wisconsin, Madison and CUES CEO Institute. She was also recently appointed as Chairperson of the Credit Union’s 50th Anniversary Committee.
- Miss Alleyne brings with her an abundance of life experience, a passion for community and principles of honesty, dedication and hard work.
K H L Marshall
K H L “TONY” MARSHALL: Ambassador Marshall served as a BARP Director from 2014-2015 and from January 2018 to present. He is the former Chairman of BARP’s Reverse Mortgages Committee; a former Barbados Ambassador to the United Nations; a former Senator and Chairman of the National Insurance Board; and a former Director of Trident Insurance Co Ltd. Mr. Marshall is also a former Executive Director of the West Indies Cricket Board and a former Manager of the West Indies Cricket Team. He served as a Director of the local board of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and previously served as President of the Barbados Cricket Association, of which he is a Life Member. With a keen interest in community service, Mr. Marshall is a former President of the Barbados Jaycees; President of the Partners of America, Barbados Chapter; and a former Director of the Rotary Club of Antigua. He is also a former member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, where he chaired its Capital Campaign Committee, which spearheaded the construction of a men’s hostel and feeding centre located in Bridgetown at a cost of over $3 million. Mr. Marshall is a retired Barbados Director of Barclays Bank.
- A professionalJournalist.
- Former Editor-in-Chief of the Nation newspaper having retired in February 2018.
- He is well-known for his community service through the following organisations:
- Director of Crime Stoppers 2018-current
- Member of the Kiwanis Club of Barbados North
- Former Director of Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited 2000-2017
- Former Director of the Barbados Public Workers’ Cooperative Credit Union
- Former Member of the Board of National Cultural Foundation 1986-89
- Eric became a Director of BARP in order to assist in lobbying for a better deal for Barbados’ growing elderly population, while at the same time defending their rights and improving their lives.
- Eric Smith’s experience as a director of a range of businesses and over 40 years work experience in journalism affords him the opportunity to share those experiences with BARP as it reaches out to do more for those it serves.
- In Mr. Smith’s own words, “I have a good understanding of Corporate Governance and expect this experience will help me to ensure BARP always operates in accordance with the relevant business rules and procedures. The issue of confidentiality will be high on my agenda. I am particularly interested in fraud protection, defending pensions, age discrimination, home care and protection of savings from high fees amongst other issues. I will actively participate in meetings, both Committee and Joint Committees; and strategic planning sessions.”
Lolita Janet Applewhaite was born in Barbados and received her primary education at St. Luke's Girls' School and her secondary education at Queen's College. Ms Applewhaite has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the Institut d'études Politiques of Aix-en-Provence, France, and a Masters in International Public Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Ms Applewhaite has a wealth of experience in International Relations, Diplomacy, Administration and Policy Formulation at the national and multilateral levels. Before recently joining the Commonwealth Secretariat in London where she was Chief of Staff to the Commonwealth Secretary-General for almost four years, she held the position of CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General for ten years during which period she also served as interim Secretary-General. Prior to this, Ms Applewhaite served in the Barbados Foreign Service for over twenty years, holding postings in North America and Europe before concluding as Barbados Ambassador to Venezuela and to Brazil. Ms Applewhaite also served in the Barbados Public Service over a period of twelve years as Permanent Secretary of Ministries with various portfolios such as the Environment, Tourism, Industry, International Transport, Education, Youth Affairs and Culture. Ms Applewhaite has represented Barbados at numerous meetings and conferences of various International Organisations.
Professor Andrew Downes
ANDREW DOWNES is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI) having retired in 2016. He has been a professional economist since 1979 having graduated from the UWI with BSc and MSc degrees in Economics and from the University of Manchester with a PhD in Economics.
He has served as President of the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT) trade union, President of the Barbados Economics Society (BES), Chairman of the National Productivity Council and Wages Council, Deputy Chairman of the Barbados Fair Trading Commission and a member of the Board of Directors of the Barbados Port Authority, the Central Bank of Barbados and other national and regional bodies.
He has completed professional training in accounting and finance, general management, human resource and strategic planning at the ACCA, BIMAP, Cornell University, York University, University of Toronto and Harvard University. He recently completed a special course on the strategic management of non-profit organisations at the Harvard Business School.
He is the author of numerous articles, monographs, technical reports and training manuals on a range of economics and management topics and has received several awards for his work including the UWI Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence in the combined areas of Teaching and Administration, Research and University and Public Service, the BES award for Excellence in Economics and the UWI Outstanding Academic Achievement and Leadership Award.
He is currently Commissioner with the Caribbean Competition Commission (CCC) and a Director of Profiles (Caribbean) Inc. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science (FWAPS).