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Delma Maduro appointed Chairman of new Tourist Board

Delma Maduro

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 (COI) 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.


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  1. Hmmm says:

    This old woman who is out of touch with tourism. SMH

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  2. Thinker says:

    Hmmm. Delma??? We need newer blood and someone who can work hard themselves – not someone who loves a top position and the limelight, but actually does nothing herself.

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  3. Complete retirement says:

    would be better for Mrs. Maduro as she has already contributed so much to the BVI.

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  4. Soda biscuit says:

    Bad choice

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  5. Beware.... says:

    of negativity and hate, God is watching and listening. You people don’t learn. Delma Maduro is a Woman or Integrity, Passion and Substance.
    When crisis hit our Shores it doesn’t favour old nor young, rich nor poor. The sad truth is Good people suffer along with such like you. Beware!!!

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  6. Hmmmmx2 says:

    Don’t her daughter work there too? What a big conflict of interest.

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  7. Hmmmmm says:

    Rich get Richer.. donate that $1800.00 to a school..

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  8. Looking Glass says:

    This mentality is causing us problems now. You can’t get get rid of all the’old’ people because they are the ones with experience and contact and connections in the real world. Just being young and having a degree is not enough. We are suffering right now from Degree syndrome in many Govt departments. Numerous degrees no experience no connections abroad to get things done.
    I think she still has energy and industry connections to get the job done.

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  9. What? says:

    This is a terrible terrible choice for tourism. We keep putting retirees to do what is supposed to be innovative work and my gosh look what we have come to. 4 YEARS????????

    This is a very very very very poor choice.

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  10. dee says:

    What is her background, please?

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  11. Salty Fish says:


    Not questioning her as a person or what she has done. However, she is not qualified to run the Tourist Board.

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  12. Me says:

    Why these old mss don’t go and stay park up give young people a chance

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  13. Interested says:

    I support Mrs.Maduro. Confident she can deliver

  14. Busy Body says:

    One way to manage statutory bodies is to put busy bodies like this in charge. loves the press but what work will she actually do. At least ALLAN PARKER has integrity and is on there

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  15. Well says:

    Tbh boards don’t actually do any work. It is the regular everyday staff that does the work. It is the Director who runs the organization not the chairpetson.

  16. Qualified? says:

    What are their backgrounds? Views and ideas for tourism and fiscal responsibility?

  17. @Well says:

    Welllllllll they are getting PAID. So why are they being paid For not really doing any work? Just STOP

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