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Ron R. Potter In! Moleto A. Smith Jr Out! as Chairman of BVIHSA

Ron R. Potter In! Moleto A. Smith Jr Out! as Chairman of BVIHSA

A former Chairman of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Ron R. Potter, will now stand at the helm of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) as Chairman for a period of three years, starting March 15, 2023.

This is according to the House of Assembly Order Paper for the Fourth Sitting of The Fifth Session of The Fourth House of Assembly, where Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) will today, March 9, 2023, move a motion for the appointment.

The new appointment would mean that current Chairman Moleto A. Smith Jr will be exiting the post. Mr Smith's appointment was approved in the House of Assembly on July 29, 2021.

The appointment of Mr Potter is being done under section 5(3) of the BVI Health Services Authority Act, 2004 (No. 14 of 2004) which provides for the management of the BVI Health Services Authority by a Board.

“WHEREAS section 5(5)(b) of the said Act provides that the Minister of Health and Social Development shall, after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, recommend to the Cabinet the appointment of one person as Chairman of the Board,” the Order Paper noted.

According to the House of Assembly Order Paper for Fourth Sitting of The Fifth Session of The Fourth House of Assembly of The Virgin Islands where Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn will move a motion for the appointment.

Potter background-Accounting guru

Mr Potter has over 25 years of experience as an audit and advisory partner in the offshore financial services industry, including investment funds, fund administrators, and trust companies.

An indigenous Virgin Islander, he graduated as a Valedictorian of the then BVI High School and obtained an Honours Degree in Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and the professional accounting designation, FCCA.

Mr Potter also served as Chairman of the National Bank of the Virgin Islands and is currently a Director of the BVI Health Services Authority and was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Tortola.

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