Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry is a UK citizen and the UK government’s former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office overseeing the West Indies, South Asia, Africa and North America. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 and appointed to the HM Privy Council in 2014, and became a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in 2015. During his accomplished career, Sir Tony led multiple official UK trade missions across the globe, including serving as an Honorary member of the 48 Group for his work with China. Sir Tony was a member of Parliament (MP) for 32 years and a UK government Minister for 8 years. His ministerial posts included Minister of State Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of Energy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of the Environment, and a Minister in the UK Foreign Office. Sir Tony was also a Personal Aide to the legendary former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Following his retirement from the Parliament in 2015, UK Prime Minister David Cameron commended Sir Tony as “the finest example of an MP.” Sir Tony has a Master of Arts degree in International Development and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Sussex. He was a visiting Parliamentary Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford and continues to be a guest member of the University of Oxford. Sir Tony is currently the leader of a commercial set of Barristers’ Chambers “One Essex Court” in London.
More: Sir Tony Baldry’s Welcome Letter to the Bank’s Customers and Global Partners.
Mr. Vinay Ganga is a UK citizen and an Oxford-educated corporate and finance lawyer with dual qualifications as a barrister and a solicitor based in the U.K. Mr. Ganga has nearly 30 years of experience in active law practice, investment banking and private equity. He started his legal career at leading global law firms of Mayer Brown and Jones Day. Mr. Ganga later became a law partner at premier international law firms including Cadwalader, ReedSmith and Stephenson Harwood. Mr. Ganga has represented major multinational corporations, governments, financial institutions and investment funds on a wide array of transactions worldwide. He has extensive government, institutional, and investor relations spanning five continents. Mr. Ganga was a Felix Scholar of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust at the University of Oxford, where he graduated with a coveted degree of Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL).
Mr. Prabhakar Kaza is a U.K. citizen and the former CEO of the State Bank of India, London (SBI London), a position approved by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The State Bank of India is India’s largest commercial bank since 1806, and a Fortune Global 500 company with more than US$500 billion in assets. Mr. Kaza’s banking experience spans more than forty years as a well-respected, senior commercial banking executive. Mr. Kaza was also HSBC Bank’s London-based senior Relationship Director for more than a decade. Mr. Kaza holds a master’s degree in Physics from Osmania University in India and a second master’s degree in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in India. He also has a diploma in Systems Management and a CAIIB professional certificate for bankers. He is the former President of UK Telugu Association (2010-12) and has been the President of Indian Forum on British Media since 2015. He was awarded Lord Aldington Banking Research Fellow in 1986.
Mr. Roosevelt Herbert is an accomplished global banking executive with decades of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Herbert was the former General Manager, Nevis branch of the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited (SKNA National Bank Ltd) responsible for the overall operations of the bank, including budgeting, employee performance evaluations, compliance, loan portfolio management, and monitoring of the branch’s risk profile. For the past two decades, Mr. Herbert has served as the Managing Director of a duly licensed registered agent and trust company, forming various businesses and trusts on behalf of a large global clientele, as well as establishing local and international banking relations for clients. His responsibilities include informing clients of the latest legislation and best practices to ensure regulatory compliance. Mr. Herbert holds a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University, Canada, a Diploma in Banking from Sweden and a Certificate in Mortgage Underwriting.
Ms. Fayola Olugbala has extensive legal and regulatory experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Olugbala was the official government registrar in charge of advising and approving the registration of international entities in Nevis. She was also a senior member of the Nevis Financial Services Regulatory Commission, Regulation and Supervision Department (NFSRC), the highest level of government regulatory body overseeing the financial services industry in Nevis. While at NFSRC, Ms. Olugbala played an active leadership and supportive role in regulatory and enforcement activities. Prior to her services in the government as the official Registrar and assisting with the development of governmental, supervisory and regulatory policies affecting regulated entities, she advised clients for seven years at SKNA National Bank Ltd. Ms. Olugbala holds a Bachelor of Laws degree [LL.B (Hons)] from the University of Huddersfield (UK) and graduated with distinction from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, where she earned a Legal Education Certificate of Merit. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a member of the Bar Association of St. Christopher and Nevis. Ms. Olugbala is also a Notary Public and a Chartered Director (C.Dir).
Mrs. Lurline Gumbs is a senior banking executive with nearly two decades of experience in bank operations, business development and corporate finance. Prior to joining the Bank, Mrs. Gumbs served for more than a decade as the Operations Officer for Nevis Cooperative Credit Union where she led day-to-day operating activities of the financial institution, overseeing the operations staff, responsible for wire transfers, new accounts, payroll processing as well as daily clearing and settlement processes. Prior to her career in banking, Mrs. Gumbs was the Assistant Marketing Manager at CommuterLink in New York, where she prepared monthly reports for the Department of Transportation, developed and maintained new marketing projects. Mrs. Gumbs holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.
Mr. Charles Shearer, CFA, CIPM is a U.S. citizen and an accomplished professional investment manager with 30 years of global portfolio experience successfully advising a global clientele while leading several powerful investment teams. Mr. Shearer is the Bank’s Chief Investment Officer in charge of managing the Bank’s entire investment portfolios. Under his leadership, Mr. Shearer and his team’s conservative, values-based investing approach has maintained a stellar record of investment gains. Mr. Shearer speaks several languages. He graduated from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He also holds an MBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Shearer is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) issued by the CFA Institute.
Mr. Howard Anthony Lewis has more than 30 years of experience in government services in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, internal compliance audits and law enforcement. Mr. Lewis is the former Chief Security Officer of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Airports Authority in charge of all physical and digital security matters for the BVI airports. He was also the Team Leader of National Risk Assessment tasked with the responsibility for the High Value Goods Sector. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Lewis was a Compliance Examiner at the British Virgin Islands Financial Investigation Agency (FIA) responsible for assessing risks posed by designated non-financial service providers and non-profit organisations. FIA is an autonomous government law enforcement agency responsible for the investigation of white collar and other serious financial crimes taking place within or from within the BVI. FIA combats money laundering, terrorist financing as well as ensuring international co-operation in the investigation and prosecution of such crimes. As a law enforcement officer, Mr. Lewis was responsible for monitoring, supervising and carrying out on-site inspections of service providers. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Mr. Cuthbert England has nearly two decades of experience in information security and law enforcement. Prior to joining the Bank as the Chief Global Security Officer, Mr. England was the head of the Special Task Force at the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force in charge of daily operations of the department in Nevis, leading criminal and civil investigations, conducting physical and digital surveillance, engaging in intelligence gathering and global background checks. As a senior law enforcement officer based in Nevis, Mr. England had extensive training in weapons and high-risk assessment in collaboration with Canadian and U.S. law enforcement agencies. As an integral part of the Bank’s overall AML, KYC and other legal and regulatory compliance efforts, Mr. England’s responsibilities include the development and execution of policies, strategies and programs in the Bank’s physical security and cybersecurity measures relating to customer assets, personnel, compliance, background checks, and data security.