Season 3 Summer Trainers
Richards Blades – Securing the Health of Your Business
Richard Blades is a Business Consultant and Trainer and Founding Partner of Blades & Blades Consultancy Services. He has worked extensively in the hospitality and tourism arena both locally and regionally for over twenty three years, which he candidly shares with those who participate in the programs he conducts. He believes that training should accomplish results and this quality has made him one of the most effective speakers/trainers.
He utilizes the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) System , where he has been certified as a trainer, an assessor, and internal verifier via TVETC Barbados. He has done business modelling training with the Cave Hill School of Business via YES, and with the Israeli Training team [Mashav Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC)].
His consulting experience is extensive, and he has successfully negotiated funding and incentives which facilitated growth and expansion for a variety of businesses through the use of the operational audits, business development, and strategic planning interventions which were reinforced by training in many instances.
He lives in Barbados, West Indies, and is well connected in the global arena with a vast network.
For season three of the show, a series of summer training programmes have been scheduled for the candidates in preparation for the next phase of the show. These sessions, led by business experts with vast experience in their respective fields, have partnered with Bank on ME to undertake these programmes.
Celia Patricia Collymore aka “CPC” – Wellness in Wealth
Celia Collymore, is a fun loving, versatile, and tenacious individual who is passionate about helping individuals and leaders create balance, develop a fit mind-set and become more productive in their personal and professional lives. She is the Founder of Bajan Fusion, a Fitness Lifestyle company that offers a variety of health and wellness events designed to get locals and visitors moving towards a happier, healthier and active lifestyle.
Celia has 15 years of knowledge, skills and experience in Human Resources and is a Certified TVET Trainer and Assessor. She is a former Senior National Basketball Champion and in 1998, attained a Basketball Scholarship to Pace University’s Women’s Basketball Program (NCAA Division II) in New York and served as Co-Captain her senior year in 2001. Pace University won the 2001 NE-10 Regional Championship and were Elite-8 Participants.
Celia holds a BBA – Bachelor of Business Administration (2001) and a MPA – Master of Public Administration (2005). She was employed for six years in the Talent Strategy Division of BNY Mellon, a Global Investment and Management Company.
Celia is a fitness enthusiast, loves music, cuisine, reading and meeting new people. As she put it, “Everyone needs to live a balanced life and stay emotionally, physically, financially, mentally and spiritually fit”.
Andrew Brathwaite – Financial Literacy & Record Keeping
Andrew Brathwaite is an audit practitioner with 21 years experience in the profession and is currently an Audit Partner with KPMG in Barbados. He has been a member of Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados since 2002 and has served as its Treasurer, Vice President, President and as Chairman of the Institute’s Accounting and Auditing Standards Committee.
Mr. Brathwaite ran his own small accounting firm for 10 years, providing audit, accounting and tax services to small and medium-sized businesses. He is a former Commissioner of the Fair Trading Commission and has served as director of several organizations in the private sector and NGO sectors. Andrew has presented on auditing and financial reporting standards in Barbados and throughout the region.
Adrian Reid – Crowd Funding
Adrian Reid is a serial entrepreneur and Founder of VisionFunder. He is a seasoned business professional with over 15 years of management consultancy, strategic marketing and business development experience. As a member of the Mentorship Pillar of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation, he is passionate about spreading a love for business and developing the next generation of business professionals. Adrian has worked with several companies in Barbados, the United States of America and Ghana, West Africa conducting workshops and providing advisory services to facilitate business growth.
In 2010, he was awarded the position as Business Specialist at Apple Inc. to strengthen the business development and marketing of their new strategic business unit by identifying opportunities for growth and expansion in the North American market. This was a multi-million dollar market which he grew by 150% in over a year. For the past three years, Adrian has worked extensively in the services sector in Barbados, with a focus on improving the global competitiveness of the Creative Industry and ICT respectively. He currently works on identifying socioeconomic problems in the Caribbean, Latin America and West Africa and building business models to address those problems at LegaciGlobal. VisionFunder is one of those business models developed to address the challenge of access to affordable and appropriate ﬁnance and markets for Caribbean people.
André Hoyte – Commercial Creative Thinking for Innovation
André Hoyte is the Senior Business Development Officer with the Cultural Industries Development Authority. He was a former head of Marketing and Communications at the National Cultural Foundation for five years and a Sales and Branding Training Manager with international airline, British Airways’ Americas Office.
He is the Consulting Creative Development Director with UK based Consultancy- Motions Creative Development and Cultural Industries Consultant with Global Expert Systems. He holds a Master’s Degree in Heritage Studies from UWI and Master’s Degree in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship-Media & Communications from Goldsmiths University of London where his research specialisation included Commercialisation of Creative Culture in Small Island Developing States and Rethinking Creativity for Consumption.
He is a trained Classical Soloist and former member of the OperaGold Uk.
Beverley Corke – Personal Branding
Beverley Corke has been an image management professional for over 25 years and is also a trained social worker and grooming instructor.
As a soft skills trainer, she has been presenting her Professional Image Development and Personal Branding programmes, which cater not only to the external packaging needs of the individual, but also addresses the attitudes needed to ensure success. As an executive coach she has worked one-on-one with both corporate and political leaders as well as television and radio personalities.
She has made countless voluntary contributions to social agencies, service clubs, schools and other groups in Jamaica.
In 2010, she founded The Beverley Corke Personal and Professional Development Centre where she offers classes and coaching for individuals as well as corporate clients. She has come full circle and is back to fully utilizing her training in social care work through life coaching and counselling for teens and pre-teens. In 2015, she expanded her business and is now based in Barbados, to serve other islands in the Caribbean region to rave reviews.
Christopher Harper – Pitching Workshop
Christopher Harper is a spirited entrepreneur and highly motivated individual with over 25 years experience operating with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This involvement has ranged from the Cultural Industries to micro property development, with a later focus on entrepreneurship education in the sector.
He held the post of Programme Manager of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation and is currently the National Project Officer of the Caribbean Congress of Labour.
Christopher holds a post graduate diploma in Arts & Cultural Enterprise Management from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Trinidad and an MBA in strategic management from the University of Plymouth, England. His MBA thesis focused on “The Potential Contribution of Entrepreneurship to the Growth of a Developing Country” with Barbados as his case study.
Richard Skeete – Cultural Industries Development
Richard M. Skeete is a creative industry business development expert and entertainment business manager with over 15 years experience. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management specialising in Marketing from the UWI Cave Hill Campus and a Bachelor’s Degree (with Hons.) in Music Entertainment and Arts Management from the Buckinghamshire New University in the UK. He is presently a Business Development Officer with the Cultural Industries Development Authority where his professional interests include, creative industry management, entertainment marketing as well as strategic development and business facilitation for entrepreneurs and practitioners in the creative industry.
The CEO of his own company, Awesome Entertainment Group, Richard continues to work with several agencies and companies to facilitate the development of the cultural landscape in Barbados. He is currently a part-time lecturer at BIMAP and a certified level IV Assessor and External Verifier in the areas of Events and Entertainment Technology and Developing a New or Existing Business Enterprise with the TVET Council.
Presently he is working closely with the Barbados Community College (BCC) to develop the curriculum for their new Bachelor of Arts programme in Arts and Entertainment Management.
STEM & Research Panel
Panellists from l-r: Troy Weekes – Managing Director, ez Learners Inc, Jan Blenman - Research, Marketing & Management Consultant, JB Marketing Services, David Bynoe - National Coordinator, GEF-Small Grants Programme, UNDP, Moderator, Lois Oliver - Assistant Director, Caribbean Science Foundation, UWI, Bryon Gibson - Group CEO,
Wi-Connect Mobile Inc.
Lois Oliver currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF). In this role, she manages the day to day activities of the office and provides logistical support for many of its programs. Her role also requires her to interact closely with the many external partners and associates of the organisation. She has experience in event management, having worked as an Event Manager for an international event management company, and these skills serve her well in her current role.
Prior to joining the CSF, she spent 10 years in the brewing industry, where she gained experience and qualifications in areas of project management, quality control, process control and optimisation, system management, recipe development and formatting and supervisory management. While there, she served on various committees, and was integral in facilitating the brewing department's goal of achieving ISO certification.
She also has five years' experience in the pharmaceutical field, where she served as a Medical Representative in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. In this role, she managed and promoted a portfolio of cardiovascular drugs to physicians and other healthcare workers and provided continuous medical education for the same group.
David Bynoe works as the National Coordinator of the Global Environmental Facility-Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub-regional Office for Barbados & the OECS. He is mainly responsible for effective management of the GEF-SGP local team, the SGP programme and its portfolio. Previously, David worked for seven years as an Agronomist with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries & Water Resource Management making a significant impact on the agricultural sector. In that capacity he developed and managed the National Organic Research and Development Programme and provided environmental economic advice to various government agencies and international organizations.
He is a trained Environmental Economist with a Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York.
He currently sits on the Barbados Green Economy National Steering Committee in his capacity as National Coordinator (GEF-SGP) providing agricultural and environmental economic guidance. This committee seeks to make Barbados the first country in the Caribbean to develop the Green Economy. In addition, he is a member of the United Nations Environmental Programme Scientific and Expert Review Team that assesses emerging issues impacting Small Island Developing States (SIDS). His current Ph.D. research work with the University of Twente in the Netherlands focuses on Multi-level Governance, Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Stewardship within SIDS. Contextual Interaction Theory, Choice Experiments and Agent-based Modelling are the main tools being utilized to determine and simulate the drivers of behavioural change that could lead to improved climate change adaptation and agri-environmental stewardship in SIDS.
Byron Gibson has over 20 years of strategic marketing and business development experience in various senior management and consultant roles with global brands including: Caterpillar, Barclaycard, CIBC, Kraft, Allied Domeq, Bacardi-Martini and Master Foods.
With a MBA in International Marketing and Finance, he is the CEO of Wi-Connect Mobile, a Caribbean based mobile development company specialising in the development of Mobile Value Added and Over the Top enterprise grade platforms. His infocomm sector specific experience has been gained working in senior strategic, consultant and implementation capacities on mobile VAS and business development and mobile payments projects in the UK, Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
For the past seven years he has led Wi-Connect Mobile in the research and development of a bank-grade, globally compliant mobile payments platform designed specifically for the Caribbean financial services ecosystem. In undertaking this project, he has engaged regional ecosystem stakeholders including, inter alia, financial and telecommunication regulators, mobile providers, public and private utilities, commercial banks, developer communities, end user consumers and international services providers. He is considered a thought leading practitioner on Caribbean Mobile Money has made presentations on Fintech and Mobile Money to the CTU and CANTO.
Byron is a business mentor to over a dozen technology start-up companies across the Caribbean and is co-Founder of the Orbit Innovation Project, Barbados’ first innovation hub programme.
Troy Weekes is Managing Director, Technology Consultant and Founder of ezLearner Inc. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from the Florida Institute of Technology, Troy went on to work as a Systems Engineer at the largest general aviation manufacturer and pioneer of integrated flight decks, the Avidyne Corporation.
Troy holds a Master of Science degree in Aviation Human Factors and is among the few board-certified human factors professionals practising in the Caribbean. Troy is a recipient of one of the prestigious National Innovation awards, and a winner of the Caribbean AgriHack Talent hackathon. He currently serves as Barbados' national expert for mobile innovation under the World Summit Awards global initiative.
Jan Blenman has considerable practical and broad based experience in marketing from both the petroleum marketing and telecommunications industries. As a Project Manager at Cable & Wireless, she managed the first phase of the Rebalancing Strategy project, designed and implemented the research and segmentation models to support the project and prepared submissions to the Steering Committee, the Government and the Regulatory body.
She has developed, implemented and managed various market research projects, defined and implemented marketing strategies, developed marketing plans and assessed project performances. Her experience includes roles as Marketing Communications and Promotions Manager, Assistant Management Accountant and Economics and Planning Analyst for a large multi-national petroleum company. Other roles include Marketing Research and Product Management and Project and Marketing Sector Management with the Cable & Wireless group.
Research projects completed include communication and sponsorship awareness and effectiveness studies, advertising concept testing, brand, culture and image testing, pricing, segmentation and demand studies across the private and public sectors, within the Caribbean region. Some research methodologies used include telephone surveys, personal/face-to-face interviews, internet research, mystery shops, focus groups, mail surveys and primary data research techniques.