Cabinet has approved and appointed 11 new members to serve as board of directors of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) and Delma Maduro has been appointed to serve as chairperson.
The newly appointed board members will serve for four years, and their service began on September 1, 2022, and will expire on August 31, 2026.
Along with Maduro, the members of the board are Henry Prince, Andrew Ball, Keisha Davis-Barnes, Gregory Callwood, Dorcas Fahie
, Oren Hodge, Shamora Penn-Maduro, Allan Parker, Miles Sutherland Pilch, and Lorraine Wheatley.
The Cabinet indicated that the recommendation for Maduro to serve as chairwoman came from the Minister for Tourism.
Meanwhile, the four ex officio members of the Board are the Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office or a designate, the Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority or a designate, the Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority or a designate and the Director of Tourism.
The members of the Board will also be given a stipend for their services with the Chairman set to receive $1,800 per month and other members receiving $900 per month.
Cabinet documents indicated that Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley had to declare that members of his extended family were being recommended to serve on the board.
Additionally, the Minister for Health & Social Development declared that his sister was being recommended as a member to serve on the Board and he recused himself from the meeting.
The issue of who serves on statutory boards in the territory has been public concern and this has contributed to the Commission of Inquiry
) report recommending a review of statutory boards. The COI
suggested, among other things, that there should be a protocol for the appointment and removal of statutory board members. It said this protocol should be published and applicable to all such boards.
Recommendation B24 of the report called for a review of statutory boards to determine the extent to which these boards were applying policies intended to promote good governance — such as a conflict-of-interest policy and a political interference policy — and the extent to which those boards follow a due diligence policy.