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BFSB announces new board of directors

The Bahamas Financial Services Board selected a new board of directors at its annual general meeting held in Nassau last week. Pictured: (standing, left-right) Bruno Roberts, Jeremy Proffitt, Christel Sands-Feaste, Peter Maynard, Arthur Seligman, Brian Jones, April Turner, Howard Knowles, Jasmine Davis, and Heather Bellot Hazarian, (seated, left-right) Tiffany Norris-Pilcher, Samantha Knowles Pratt, Aliya Allen, Paul Winder, Vanessa Knowles, Linda D’Aguilar, and Velma Miller. 

Monday, October 1, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) conducted its 2012 annual general meeting last week, electing a new board of directors for the 2012-2014 term.

The officers of the organization will be selected at an early board meeting.

BFSB directors elected include: Michele Balice, BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Ltd; Timothy Colclough, Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Ltd; Linda Beidler-D’Aguilar, Graham, Thompson & Co; Steven Ferguson; UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd; Heather Bellot-Hazarian, MMG Bahamas Ltd; Ivan Hooper, The Winterbotham Trust Co; Vanessa Knowles, Credit Suisse Bahamas; Samantha Knowles-Pratt, Delaney Partners; Peter Maynard, Peter D Maynard & Co; Tiffany Norris-Pilcher, Ernst & Young; Jeremy Proffitt, RBC Wealth Management; Prince Rahming, PricewaterhouseCoopers Bahamas; Christel Sands-Feaste, Higgs & Johnson; C James Schaefer IV, Old Fort Financial; Arthur Seligman, Lennox Paton; April Turner, McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes; and Paul Winder, ATC Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd.

The board also consists of individuals who are elected to represent professional industry associations (PIAs).

Those associations elected to serve on the new Board are:

  • Association of International Banks & Trust Companies (AIBT) – Bruno Roberts
  • Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) – Marsha G Ferguson
  • Bahamas Investments and Securities Business Association – Brian Jones
  • Bahamas Bar Association (BBA) – Paula Adderley
  • Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) – Howard Knowles
  • Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) – Pedro Delaney
  • Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) – W Larry Roberts
  • CFA Society of The Bahamas (CFASB) – Velma Miller
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – Anita Bain

Aliya Allen, in her capacity as BFSB’s chief executive officer and executive director, will serve as permanent representative on the board, as will Viana Gardiner, Director of Investments within the Ministry of Financial Services, as the government representative.

At the AGM held on September 24, chairman Paul Winder addressed the need for BFSB to continue its agenda of change.

He referenced the many regulatory developments of recent times, noting that there is no question that “smart” regulation brings many benefits.

He stressed, however, the importance of working to ensure that regulation does not become a barrier to sustainable growth.

“Regulators must be change agents, fully grounded in business practices,” he said.

Aliya Allen, in her CEO’s report, spoke to BFSB’s mandate of industry development and the important roles both “big” and “small” development continues to play as the organization strives to fulfill both this critical directive and its key promotional mandate.

“BFSB has over the years proven that it is an effective tool for both government and BFSB members to effect real improvement in the business of financial services in the country and the image of The Bahamas as an international financial centre,” she said.

“BFSB works hard to implement and effect its dual mandate for development and promotion of financial services.”

The Minister of Financial Services participated in a high-level panel discussion at the STEP LATAM Conference in Panama City, Panama, last week. A delegation from the public and private sectors accompanied the MInister. Pictured: Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder and private sector delegates from The Bahamas with STEP members in Panama. Pictured from left: John Lawrence, STEP Worldwide deputy chairman; Minister Pinder; Luis Manzanarias, chairman STEP Panama; Dayra Berbey de Rojas, STEP Worldwide council member; Aliya Allen, chief executive officer Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB); Ivan Hooper, CEO Winterbotham Bank; and Paul Winder, chairman of BFSB.

Tax reforms, a mortgage relief programme, and incentives to drive more foreign direct investment are among the new measures that the Bahamas government hopes will jump-start the economy.

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