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 2019-2020 Council
At the 59th Annual General Meeting of the Barbados Employers’ Confederation the following officers were elected for the year 2019/2020:
Ms. Yvonne Hall (President)
Mrs. Kyrel Roach (1st Vice President)
Ms. Diana Douglas (2nd Vice President)
Mrs. Marguerite Estwick (Immediate Past President)
Dr. Hensley Sobers
Mr. Colin (Tony) Walcott
Trade Group Representatives
Ms. Diana Douglas (Ancillary Services Group)
Williams Industries Inc.
Ms. Samantha Nurse (Construction Group)
C O Williams Construction Co. Ltd
Ms. Yvonne Hall (Financial Services Group)
Republic Bank (Barbados) Ltd.
Ms. Debbie Taylor (Garage Group)
McEnearney Quality Inc.
T.B.A (Hospitality Services Group)
Mrs. Lisa Ridley-Paul (Manufacturers Group)
Banks Holdings (Barbados) Ltd.
Mrs. Kyrel Roach (Retail Trade Group)
Mrs. Natalie Abrahams (Utilities Group)
Barbados Light & Power Company Ltd.
Independent Members of Council
Mr. Arlin Kellman
Shipping Association of Barbados
Ms. Shakira Holder
Elegant Hotels Group
Mrs. Katherine Farnum
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank
Ms. Glenda Gilkes
Goddard Enterprises Ltd.
Ms. Esther Tull
FLOW / Cable & Wireless (Barbados) Ltd.
Mrs. Delores Bellamy
Bank of Nova Scotia
Ms. Dawn Layne
Mr. Everton Browne
Ms. Gail Springer
Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association
To further improve the efficiency of the BEC various standing committees have been established to perform delegated tasks outlined in their Terms of Reference. Three (3) committees are appointed by the Executive and are responsible for making recommendations in their field of operation and to assist the Secretariat wherever needed. These sub-committees are:
- Finance, Business Management and Corporate Governance This committee is responsible for ensuring that the organization maintains a sound financial status ensuring that its assets are always well managed, and seeks to establish new revenue streams. It also promotes the development of a culture of “best practice” and ensures the organization acts in line with the constitution.
- Membership Services and Service Excellence The main objective of this committee is to maintain and support the existing membership while avidly planning ways to recruit new members. It also ensures that members are well aware of the services offered by the organization as well as to determine emerging needs.
- Industrial Relations This committee is responsible for discussing legislation and national policies with a view to making recommendations which would aid in the development, growth and protection of employers and employees alike. Its objective is to promote the importance of productivity and acceptable business management practices to the social and economic wellbeing of Barbados.