Board of Trustees

Sir Neville Nicholls, Chairman

An attorney-at-law by profession, Sir Neville has served as Barbados’ Chief Parliamentary Counsel and as the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, during the course of a long and distinguished career.

A Barbados Scholar, he is a graduate of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, where he attained a Bachelor in Economics degree. He also studied law at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. He was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in the United Kingdom in 1957. Sir Neville also attended the School of International Affairs at Columbia University in New York City, United States on a Carnegie Endowment Fellowship in Diplomacy. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West Indies in 1993.

Sir Neville also serves as the Chairman of the Barbados Securities Commission and the Campus Council of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. In 1990, he was made a Knight of St. Andrew, in Barbados’ National Independence Awards.

Sir Stephen Emtage, Trustee

Sir Stephen received his secondary education at Harrison College and was awarded a Barbados Scholarship in 1957. He received his tertiary education at the London School of Economics, London University, where he received his BSc. Economics degree, and at Oxford University where he completed his Dip. Public & Social Administration. He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1967 to the University of Sussex, where he was awarded an M.Phil. in Economics.

Sir Stephen spent 25 years working in the public sector, employed initially as an Economist in the Economic Planning Unit and was later appointed Director of that Unit. He was promoted to Director, Finance & Planning in the Ministry of Finance & Planning and retired from the Public Service in 1987. Sir Stephen also worked in the private sector as Vice President, Investments & Corporate Affairs and Senior Vice President & Deputy Chief Executive Officer with Life of Barbados Ltd. Sir Stephen retired in 2002.

Throughout his career, Sir Stephen has served on various boards including Cable & Wireless Barbados Ltd., as Chairman, and the Central Bank of Barbados. He was the Barbados Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank as well Director of the Caribbean Development Bank and has been a member of several University of the West Indies committees.

The Government of Barbados awarded Sir Stephen the Gold Crown of Merit in 1978 and he was elevated to Knight of the Order of St. Andrew in 1999. He is also a Justice of the Peace.

Sir Stephen continues to serve as Director on a number of boards.

Peter N. Boos FCA, Trustee

Peter Boos was educated in England from 1957-1963 at the Oratory School , Berkshire. He was articled to a firm of Chartered Accountants in City Of London from 1963 to 1969. In May 1969, he became a member of the Institute of Charted Accountants in England & Wales.

Peter joined the Barbados branch of Ernst & Young in 1969, eventually becoming partner on January 1 1973. He continued to become Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, Barbados from 1982 to 2000 and later Executive Chairman of Ernst & Young, Caribbean from 2000 to 2004. Currently he is Chairman Emeritus of Ernst & Young, Caribbean.

Peter specialises in the areas of international tax and corporate planning, business strategy and development, real estate development, marketing and communications, leadership and organisational development, entrepreneurship and human resources development.

Throughout his career he lent his expertise to several Barbadian organizations – he was President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry from 1981 to 1991; Chairman of Invest Barbados from 2006 to 2008 and Chairman of Legacy Barbados Inc. from 2005 to 2007. He was also a Director of World Cup Barbados Inc. for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007.

Peter was a pioneer in the development of the International Business Sector of Barbados. He worked on several Government appointed committees tasked with the development of International Business and travelled around the Globe over the period of 1984 to 2004 promoting Barbados as an International Business Centre as well as developing key relationships in major tax and legal firms.

Peter is founding partner of the annual business publication Business Barbados and the Barbados business web portal He is also founder of the Peter Boos Foundation (2004) supporting youth development (entrepreneurship, music, sports, education etc.), addiction treatment, environmental protection, arts & culture development, poverty relief and support of various community and charitable causes. He is a Director and Volunteer CEO at the Verdun House Rehabilitation Centre in St.John, Barbados.

Peter holds various directorships in domestic and international companies including leading companies in the Financial Services Sector. He is a strategic advisor to human resources consulting firm, Caribbean Catalyst Inc. He is also a Fellow of the Institute Of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of The Institute Of Chartered Accountants of Barbados.

Hazel Highland, Trustee

Hazel was a former CEO of a regional financial institution based in Barbados which acted as a catalyst for private sector development, providing loan and equity financing to small and medium sized businesses in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Most of these businesses were start ups with many first time entrepreneurs.

After 22 years with this organization she joined Consolidated Finance in October, 2007 and is responsible for Commercial Lending in the Merchant Bank Division. Her wealth of experience and established contacts with the business communities in Barbados, and the wider Caribbean region, makes her eminently qualified to be part of the BBEL team.

Hazel is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) and Long Island University where she gained her MBA in Finance and Accounting.

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