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 nineteen (19) members.
The 2021-2022 Council
At the 61st Annual General Meeting of the Barbados Employers’ Confederation the following officers were elected for the year 2021/2022:
Ms. Yvonne Hall (President)
Ms. Diana Douglas (1st Vice President)
Mrs. Natalie Abrahams (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
Gail-Ann King (Distribution and Retail Trade Group)
Sanella Sanford (Energy and Water Group)
Barbados Light & Power Company Ltd.
T.B.D (Financial and Insurance Services Group)
Julie Reid (Health and Wellness)
T.B.D (Hospitality, Tourism and Food Services Group)
Lisa Ridley-Paul (Manufacturing Group)
Banks Holdings (Barbados) Ltd.
Glyne Clarke (Sports and Creative Industries)
Barbados Olympic Association
Debbie Taylor (Transportation, Security and Storage Group)
ANSA Motors (Barbados) Ltd.
Ron Johnson (Youth and Young Entrepreneurs)
Interest Group Representation
Shipping & Logistics
Shipping Association of Barbados
Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association
Communication and Technology
FLOW / Cable & Wireless (Barbados)
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.