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SUMMARIZED BIOGRAPHIES OF THE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE TCI INTEGRITY COMMISSION

 

                        CHAIRMAN

Sir David Simmons - Chairman of the Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission

                   Sir David Simmons

Sir David Anthony Cathcart Simmons, K.A., B.C.H., Q.C., LL.M. (Lond.), Hon’y. LL.D (Lond.), assumed office as the 12th Chief Justice of Barbados on January 1, 2002.  He retired on     28 April 2010.

Sir David was born on April 28, 1940 and was educated at the Lodge School. Between 1960 and 1965 he studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, graduating in 1963, with the LL.B. (Hons.) degree and in 1965, the Master of Laws degree (LL.M).

After lecturing in law in London until 1970, he returned to Barbados and joined the Law Chambers of Mr. Henry Forde, Q.C. Between 1970 and 1975, Sir David lectured part-time in law at the University of the West Indies. In 2003, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the U.W.I. and was also awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the University of London - the first Caribbean person to be accorded that high distinction by that University. In 2006, Sir David was elected as an Honorary Bencher of the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn, the Inn of Court at which he qualified as a Barrister-at-Law.

Sir David has had an outstanding career as a lawyer in Barbados and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1984 in shorter time than anyone else in the legal history of Barbados. Among the highlights of his practice as an attorney-at-law are his successful representation of clients in 32 of 33 murder cases and his success in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the first civil appeal from Barbados in 30 years to that body in 1982 in the case Elias v. Sahely.

From 1976 he served continuously for 25 years in the Parliament of Barbados.  In 2001, he retired from active politics. Appointed twice as Attorney-General of Barbados, first, from 1985 to 1986, and from 1994 to 2001, he reformed and modernized the laws of Barbados in a wide variety of areas; represented Barbados at regional and international fora and has published widely. Sir David also acted as Prime Minister of Barbados on many occasions between 1994 and 2000.

During his tenure as Attorney-General, Sir David modernised the several statues relating to Intellectual Property to ensure that Barbados’ laws complied with international requirements.  Prominent among such legislation was a new Copyright Act in 1998.

As Attorney-General, Sir David presided over many initiatives and conferences including being Chairman of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (1997/98); Chairman of the EU/Caribbean Conference which developed the "Barbados Plan of Action" (1996); Chairman of the Joint US/Caribbean Sub-Committee which developed a Plan of Action on Justice and Security issues, signed by President Clinton and Caribbean Heads (1997); Chairman of the Regional Committee for the establishment of a Maritime Cooperation Against the Traffic in Illicit Narcotic Drugs in the Caribbean project (1999-2002); Chairman of the Preparatory Committee to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice (1999-2001); first Chairman of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (2003-2004); Chairman of the High Level Task Force to supervise the inauguration of the Caribbean Court of Justice (2004-2005).

 Sir David is a man of many interests outside the law.  He has produced calypso records and judged and commentated on calypso competitions.  It is believed that he has the most extensive private collection of calypso music in Barbados dating back to 1924.  He is a trumpet player.  For 9 years, he played trumpet in a band in London led by Ivan Chin and he has played alongside Troubadours International, the Royal Barbados Police Force band and with outstanding Trinidadian musicians, Ralph Davies and Errol Ince.

Sir David also has a deep and abiding interest in sport.  He held the national record for 100 yards in 1960; he was called to cricket trials and was twelfth man for Barbados Colts v. British Guiana (as it then was) in January 1959.  He wrote Charlie Griffith’s biography “Chucked Around” in 1970; formed the West Indies Players’ Association and, as recently as 2008, he arbitrated disputes between the West Indies Cricket Board and the Players’ Association.  For many years he raced horses in Barbados and is currently chairman of the Appellate Stewards of the Barbados Turf Club.

In 2001, for his contribution to public service, law and politics, he was awarded the Barbados Centennial Honour (B.C.H.), and Barbados' highest national honour, Knight of St. Andrew (K.A.).

Since his retirement, Sir David has been serving as a member of the Judicial and Legal Service Commissions of the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands and he is Chairman of the Integrity Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands.  He is also currently the Chairman of a Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup d’état in Trinidad.

Sir David Simmons is married to former High Court Judge, Madam Justice Marie MacCormack, the first woman to be appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Barbados. They have two children, Gavin and Lynne-Marie. 

 

                         MEMBERS

Mr. Martin Green - Commissioned Member of the TCI Integrity Commission

                       Mr. Martin Green

Martin Green LL.B (Hons), LL.M is an Irish citizen called to the English Bar in 1989 and came to the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1998, being called to the Bar here that year.  He joined his present firm, McCollum and Newlands in 2000.  His practice consists primarily of Litigation.  As part of his practice he has taken a keen interest in governance and integrity issues and has acted in a number of cases challenging decisions of public bodies, of which the most prominent have been those concerning the Third Turtle and Star Island developments.

 

                         Reverend Julia Williams

Rev Julia E Williams has served the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in various capacities in Education over the last forty five years as Primary School Teacher; teacher, Head of the English Department and Acting Vice Principal at the H J Robinson High School; Deputy Director of Education and Director of Education in the Education Department and adjunct lecturer at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College.  She was the first female to be appointed as Permanent Secretary in the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and the first Turks and Caicos Islander to serve as President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College where she served for sixteen years before retiring in August 2012.

She studied at Shortwood Teachers College in Jamaica, the Moray House College of Further Education in Scotland, the University of Bristol, the University of Manchester and the University of Bath in the United Kingdom where she successfully completed certificates, Advanced Diplomas, a Bachelors and Masters in Education.

In addition to coordinating, presenting and participating in various workshops and seminars at home and overseas, she has coauthored a chapter in the publication of the book entitled “Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean and the Netherlands Antilles.”

She has been involved in various community activities locally, having served on various Government Boards, education, social and civic committees. At regional level she has served as Consul and Executive member as well as the Treasurer of the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), and on the Caribbean Secondary Schools Examination Council and the Administrative and Finance Committee of the Caribbean Secondary Schools Examination Council.(CXC)

She is an ordained   Minister in the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and serves in  the South  Turks and Caicos Islands Circuit of the Bahamas Turks and Caicos Islands Methodist Conference.

She is married to Mr. Dennis Williams and they are the parents of two sons. 

 

                    Reverend Pedro Williams

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                     Canon Mark Kendall

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