The Barbados Manufacturers Association’s new president is promising to lead a lobby for assistance to the sector, which is facing “many challenges”.
But Karlene Nicholls, who is also Sales Manager at ADM Barbados Mills Limited, said local manufacturing was also “filled with potential” which needed to be explored.
Nicholls has succeeded immediate past president David Foster as part of a newly-elected executive team.
The other executive members are First Vice President Anderson Hope (Purity Bakeries), Second Vice President Adrian Padmore (WIBISCO), Third Vice President Ziad Azan (Meridian Caribbean), Treasurer Ralph Holder (Hipac Limited) and Foster (Roberts Manufacturing).
“I believe I am joining the BMA’s executive at a crucial point in the association’s history. I am extremely keen and honoured to be leading the organisation into its 50th year, as this is truly a landmark occasion,” Nicholls said.
“I have served in various capacities within the manufacturing sector throughout the years and I am looking forward to continuing to make a difference in this new capacity.
“The sector is filled with potential and there are many challenges ahead; however I believe that the BMA is well poised to lobby for, direct and facilitate the growth of the sector and I am keen to help the association further achieve its goals in this direction,” she added.
The executive has a one-year term and will be supported by other council members who will be appointed across various sub-sectors.
Commenting on the recent elections, BMA Executive Director Bobby McKay said the organisation continued to “attract an impressive and well experienced executive”.
“They have an excellent understanding of the issues that the sector faces and are keen to use their expertise and talents to make a difference,” she said.
“I think it will be an exciting and momentous year especially as the BMA celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Our focus continues to be on our members and on helping them to further develop sound, sustainable business. The commitment is high and the time is right.” (SC)