The BEC is governed by a Council, similar in nature to a Board of Directors, which is accountable under the Constitution of the organization. Council Members are elected at the Annual General Meeting to serve a tenure of one year. This Council ensures that the organization functions and conducts business in a bona fide manner and seeks to guarantee its success. The Council comprises a President, a first Vice President, a second Vice President, two (2) trustees and includes seventeen (17) members.
The 2023-2024 Council
At the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Barbados Employers’ Confederation the following officers were elected for the year 2023/2024:
Ms. Gail- Ann King (President)
Ms. Paula Walcott (1st Vice President)
Mrs. Lisa Ridley Paul (2nd Vice President)
Dr. Hensley Sobers
Mr. Colin (Tony) Walcott
Trade Group Representatives
Tricia Chamley (Business and Professional Services)
Samantha Nurse (Construction, Mining and Engineering Group)
C O Williams Construction Co. Ltd
Annette Morrison (Energy and Water Group)
Barbados Light & Power Company Ltd.
Ms. Yvonne Hall (Financial and Insurance Services Group)
Julie Reid (Health and Wellness)
Lisa Ridley-Paul (Manufacturing Group)
Banks Holdings (Barbados) Ltd.
Glyne Clarke (Sports and Creative Industries)
Barbados Olympic Association
Sanella Sanford (Transportation, Security and Storage Group)
Ron Johnson (Youth and Young Entrepreneurs)
Dylan Downes (Small Entrepreneurs)
T.B.D (Hospitality, Tourism and Food Services Group)
T.B.D (Distribution and Retail Trade Group)
T.B.D (Education & Training Services)
T.B.D (International Business)
T.B.D (Agriculture and Fisheries)
Interest Group Representation
Shipping & Logistics
Shipping Association of Barbados
Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association
Communication and Technology
FLOW / Cable & Wireless (Barbados)
Large Employers (750+)
Goddards Enterprises Ltd
To further improve the efficiency of the BEC three (3) committees are established under the constitution:
- Membership This committee shall be responsible for managing the recruitment of new members, new member orientation and verification of current members fulfilment of requirements for good standing.
- Audit This committee shall require an audit of the books and records of the Confederation at such time or times as the members of the Audit Committee choose and shall review the scope of the audit and approve any non-audit services to be performed for the Bank by the independent accountants. The Audit Committee shall review examination reports by the independent accountants and auditors, review credit issues, loan policies and procedures, the classification of loans and the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses. The Audit Committee shall submit any recommendations it may have from time to time with respect to financial reporting and accounting practices and policies and financial, accounting, and operation controls and safeguards.
- Policy Development This committee will oversee, review and coordinate the research and develop policies to further the Confederation’s representation of its members.
BEC Constitution and By-Laws
The revised constitution seeks to ensure good governance of the Confederation and makes provision for membership categories as agreed at the 2022 Annual General Meeting. Below you will also find the individual By-Laws of the Confederation for download.
By-Law No. 1: Electronic Participation in Meetings
By-Law No. 2: Selection Process for Representatives on Boards etc.
By-Law No. 3: Term Limits
By-Law No. 4: Financial Transactions
By-Law No. 5: Orderly Conduct of Meetings
By-Law No. 6: Replacement of Trade Group Representatives