New Chairpersons for Social Security and Development Bank Boards of Directors Appointed

Basseterre, St. Kitts (October 7, 2022) – The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew has made two new major appointments. Mrs. Janet Harris has been appointed the new Chairperson for the Social Security Board of Directors and Mr. Shavon Douglas has been appointed the Chairperson for the Development Bank Board of Directors.

Mrs. Janet Harris has developed a multi-disciplinary background, with extensive experience in financial management, accounting, auditing, anti-money laundering, strategic planning and change management. She holds an Associate degree in Business Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of the Virgin Islands and a Master of Arts degree in International Business Management from the University of Westminster, London. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AICPA, and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, ACAMS. Mrs. Harris holds the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from the Caribbean Governance Training Institute.

Mrs. Harris has worked as a consultant in the areas of governance; strategic planning and implementation, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. She is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the St Kitts Cooperative Credit Union as that organization undertakes strategic transformation.

As a Central Banker for eighteen years, The Director of Fiscal Affairs and Financial Secretary to the Government of St Kitts and Nevis over a period of ten years, Mrs. Harris was able to successfully apprehend the inner workings of the financial sector and government and make a profound impact.

She considers herself a strategic change agent having managed several high-impact transformation processes ranging from the conversion of accounting systems, the introduction of new legislation and policies, the conversion of the Financial Services Department into an autonomous body, the transformation of the tax administration system and leading the negotiations for the debt restructuring and IMF Programmes for St Kitts and Nevis 2010 to 2012.

Her secondment at the World Bank, as Alternate Executive Director in Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean constituency from 2012 to 2015 provided an in-depth perspective on international development and change management as it was during this period that the World Bank underwent an extensive strategic overhaul. As a member of the Board, Mrs. Harris participated fully in this process.

Mr. Shavon Douglas is an analytical and detail-oriented professional with comprehensive experience enabling informed decision-making through robust financial planning and analysis. He is competent at tracking data and information to propose the best possible recommendations for vision-driven strategic planning. Mr. Douglas has a proven track record of enhancing revenue and building strong professional relationships. He is equipped with an in-depth understanding of financial statement analysis, loan management, and general banking operations.

Mr. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Francis College, Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Bradford, a Master in Project Management from Universidad para la Coorperacion Internacional, and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

He has worked as an Assistant Branch Manager at M & T Bank in Buffalo, New York, a multi-state community-focused bank founded in 1856, that serves New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington.

Mr. Douglas also worked as a Personal Banker at Carver Federal Savings Bank in Greater New York City, one of the largest African-American banks in the United States, where he provided financial counseling, and marketing strategies and helped to minimize operational discrepancies by improving their review and approval process.

Mr. Shavon Douglas worked at Development Bank for ten (10) years and climbed the ranks serving as a Senior Project Officer, Senior Business Support Officer and as Manager of the Business for Supp

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