The Board of Directors comprises of eleven (11) members, including representatives from the Government of Jamaica, the private sector and civil society. The current members are:
Dr. Trevor Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Research Methodology at Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), University of the West Indies…
Lisa Grant is an attorney-at-law with twenty years of experience at the Jamaican bar. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics…
Claire Bernard is Deputy Director General, Sustainable Development and Social Planning at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). A policy analyst and development specialist…
Diane is an accomplished financial practitioner with over 20 years in her chosen field of Finance, spanning several industries including Banking and Finance, Tourism…
Donna Blake leads the Jamaica Programme of The Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy is a not for profit, international, conservation NGO. She has a Masters’ Degree in Governance…
Matthew Wallace is the owner of Matthew’s Restaurant in Negril, Jamaica. His family’s deep roots in the hospitality industry prepared a path for him in the field of business…
Mrs. Rose Lemonius-Stewart has been a civil servant since 1994, with over twenty five (25) years of public service in the Central Government of Jamaica at the technical…
Nickeshia comes to the NCTFJ as a built environment professional and a trained Urban and Regional Planner. She possesses over 8 years of project management…
Dr. Susan Otuokon is an environmental consultant, specialising in protected area and natural resources management. Dr. Otuokon was awarded her Ph.D. in 2010…
Suzanne Shaw is a Consultant in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, as well as Director and Impact Investment Lead at The Leap Co., a company that supports…
Gillian Guthrie is an environmental chemist by training. She has worked at various levels within the public sector, primarily in the environmental field, for over 23 years…
Dr. Trevor Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Research Methodology at Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), University of the West Indies. He is the Unit Head for Marketing, International Business, Entrepreneurship and Strategy (MIBES) at MSBM. He has published in a number of rated International Journals in two streams of research – Consumer Psychology and Management. Dr. Smith also served in management capacities in both private and public sectors in Jamaica with his last position (prior to joining UWI in 2007) being Director of the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). He currently serves as Chairman of the National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica (NCTFJ).
Lisa Grant is an attorney-at-law with twenty years of experience at the Jamaican bar. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from the University of the West Indies, and a Master of Laws degree in Comparative Law from McGill University where she studied International Trade Law and Intellectual Property Law. Ms. Grant worked with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust for 12 years in the capacity of Legal Officer and Director of Heritage Protection, Research and Information during which time she represented that agency on the Protected Areas Committee which directed the preparation of the Protected Areas System Master Plan for Jamaica. She has also studied Ocean Governance: law, policy and regulation at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and received a Diploma from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany being one of seven selected recipients of a Nippon Fellowship. She has the distinction of being the first Jamaican participant in that programme. She served as Counsel to the Bureau of Standards Jamaica for 4 years prior to her appointment to Technological Solutions Limited in 2019.
Mrs. Grant also serves on the boards of the Holy Childhood Preparatory School and the St. Richard’s Infant School.
Claire Bernard is Deputy Director General, Sustainable Development and Social Planning at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). A policy analyst and development specialist, her employment at the PIOJ has spanned a number of portfolios including education, welfare, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Her current portfolio is directed towards effective integration of sustainable development issues into policy, project formulation and decision-making.
A graduate of the UWI with an MBA (Public Management), Ms Bernard represents the Government of Jamaica and the PIOJ on a number of Boards and Committees locally and internationally.
Diane is an accomplished financial practitioner with over 20 years in her chosen field of Finance, spanning several industries including Banking and Finance, Tourism and Collections Management. She is a certified practitioner in the area of accounting through the ACCA and has successfully completed her course of study for the MBA (pending). She has held several positions in her field including but not limited to manager of finance, account, treasury manager and previously held the post of Assistant General Manager Finance and Administration at International Asset Services. She is currently responsible for revenue and treasury management functions at the Tourism Enhancement Fund where she was instrumental in developing the agency’s investment and revenue collections policies to ensure smooth operation of a collection portfolio in excess of Six Billion Dollars annually and an investment portfolio formerly at about two billion Jamaican dollars.
Outside of her professional interest she founded and headed the TEF summer internship programme. It has now become the most sought-after internship available.
Diane continues to contribute to national development as a member of the Board of Annie Dawson Girl’s Home, a past president of her Citizen Association and the treasurer of her Community Development Committee, positions she has held for the last five years.
Donna Blake leads the Jamaica Programme of The Nature Conservancy. The Conservancy is a not for profit, international, conservation NGO. She has a Masters’ Degree in Governance and Public Policy gained in 2004 from the University of the West Indies, gave her the needed skills to leave the environment Ministry after 10 years and to move into the non-profit world and follow her passion from another perspective. Achievements she is most proud of include contributing to the completion of the Jamaica Protected Areas System Master Plan; managing the Pedro Bank South West Cay Fish Sanctuary; and developing the capacity of local NGOs in many projects.
Matthew Wallace is the owner of Matthew’s Restaurant in Negril, Jamaica. His family’s deep roots in the hospitality industry prepared a path for him in the field of business. He attended Florida International University where he had his first taste for a passion for culinary arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. He worked as Front Office Manager with Marriott in Florida, but his heart always belonged in Jamaica. With his newfound knowledge and experience, he moved back to Jamaica and became the General Manager for the Jungle Night Club in Negril. While managing the club at nights Matthew became a farmer by day, rearing livestock as well as growing crops. He continued on his fiery path co-founding Scotch Boyz Jamaica Ltd, and was appointed CEO. Matthew also plays an active role in fundraising activities for upgrading and enhancement of Negril and its beaches.
Matthew also sits on the board of The Boardwalk Village which owns and operates a boutique hotel and a shopping plaza in Negril. Despite all these roles, Matthew maintains his passion for nature and the outdoors as an avid nature photographer. As a Director of the NCTFJ, he seeks to share knowledge of his sector and assist in building partnerships to ensure Jamaica’s protected areas and cultural assets are managed sustainably.
Mrs. Rose Lemonius-Stewart has been a civil servant since 1994, with over twenty five (25) years of public service in the Central Government of Jamaica at the technical, policy and management level. The last thirteen (13) years of her service have been at the Senior Management level within the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. She is currently the Senior Director with responsibility for the International Programme Management Branch (IPMB) at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MOFPS) with responsibilities spanning inter alia, the negotiation, coordination and monitoring of international projects, budget support programmes, policy based programmes and the related international financing for same. She manages the international financing portfolio to ensure that international funding received by Jamaica from its main multilateral and bilateral partners are consistent with the Government’s goals and objectives as per the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, are supported by the Public Sector Investment Programme and are consistent with Jamaica’s borrowing policy.
Mrs. Lemonius-Stewart attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus and a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Finance (Merit)) from Manchester Business School, UK, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management (Distinction) from the University of Bradford, UK.
She has previously served as Board representative for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and presently serves as the Board representative for the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service on the Boards of the National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica Limited (NCTFJ) and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Mona.
Nickeshia comes to the NCTFJ as a built environment professional and a trained Urban and Regional Planner. She possesses over 8 years of project management and coordination experience in the areas of: Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change, Youth Development, Social and Community Development. She enjoys outside adventures, volunteering, singing, and going to the beach.
Member – Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica
Member – Jamaica Institute of Planners
Dr. Susan Otuokon is an environmental consultant, specialising in protected area and natural resources management. Dr. Otuokon was awarded her Ph.D. in 2010 by the University of the West Indies for her thesis: “Ecotourism and its Role as a Tool for Protected Area Management in the Caribbean. Dr. Otuokon has over 30 years work experience, mainly in the natural resources management field in the NGO sector and as a consultant. Her work experience includes protected area and conservation planning and management, environmental/sustainable development education and communication, ecotourism, proposal writing and fund-raising.
She was the Executive Director of the Negril Area Environmental Protection Trust (NEPT) from 1998 to 2001 and is currently the Executive Director of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT), an environmental non-government organization delegated management of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (BJCMNP) by the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA).
Dr. Otuokon has been involved in national planning and policy development for protected area management and tourism. She played a lead role in the 2015 inscription of the Blue and John Crow Mountains on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 2019, she was awarded the Bronze Musgrave Medal for distinguished eminence in Science, by the Institute of Jamaica.
Suzanne Shaw is a Consultant in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, as well as Director and Impact Investment Lead at The Leap Co., a company that supports and invests in Caribbean businesses that deliver positive environmental and or social impact alongside solid financial returns. Suzanne has 15 years’ international experience in energy and environmental economics and finance. She worked as a consultant in Europe and the Caribbean, integrating sustainability in private-sector investment decision-making and in public-sector planning, in energy, transport and solid waste sectors. Previously, she worked for the European Commission, advising on low-carbon energy policy and investment decision-making. She was an adviser in conceptualizing the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, an initiative to enhance regional climate resilience through private sector. Suzanne seeks to establish the nexus between profitability and sustainability in business, towards greater benefit of private sector and the broader economy alike.
Gillian Guthrie is an environmental chemist by training. She has worked at various levels within the public sector, primarily in the environmental field, for over 23 years. Ms. Guthrie is currently the Chief Technical Director (Acting), Policy Planning and Evaluation Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. In this capacity, she has technical oversight for the environmental, physical planning and land administration and management portfolios of the Ministry.
Additionally, Ms. Guthrie is currently Jamaica’s Operational Focal Point for the Global Environment Facility (GEF). She is also Jamaica’s focal point for the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartgena Protocol on Biosafety, the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean as well as the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.
Ms. Guthrie has held several regional and international positions within the environmental field, including the Regional Focal Point for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). She has also represented the Latin America and Caribbean region on the Bureaux of the Basel Convention and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
She has held the post of Chair and Vice Chair of the National Conservation Trust Fund of Jamaica (NCTF) and is currently a Director of the Fund.