The embattled chairman of Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL) Charles Herbert has quit his position, less than a week after stepping down as head of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA).
In a brief statement today, the company said Herbert “voluntary stepped down as chairman of the Board of GEL with effect from August 7, 2018”.
The development comes almost two weeks after Herbert appeared in court, charged with two other Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL) employees, with possession with intent to supply, trafficking and the importation of 267 lbs or 121.4 kilogrammes of cannabis with an estimated street value of $534,160 on July 23.
The drug charges against Herbert and his colleagues, non-executive director Chris Rogers and sailor Walter Oneal Prescod, stemmed from a drug bust aboard the Ecstasy, a private yacht owned by Goddard Enterprises.
However, so far only Herbert and Rogers have made bail.
Herbert has maintained his innocence and that of Rogers, telling the media after his court appearance on July 27: “I first want to assert clearly to the public that we are entirely innocent of all of the charges that have been brought and we have been charged with.”
He made no reference to Prescod during his media briefing, during which he called on Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, QC, “to urgently review the evidence that has been collected and to preserve the integrity of our police force in bringing these charges against us”.
Herbert had further indicated he was prepared to resign from his top post at GEL and at the BPSA if the credibility of either organization were called into question because of the charges.
Last Friday he resigned as BPSA Chairman.
GEL today named Deputy Chairman William P Putnam, who had been acting as chairman since Herbert’s arrest, as its new chairman.
The company also assured its stakeholders and the general public of “its continuing adherence to the highest standards of corporate governance and probity in its business and operations”.