The Bridge Authority is under the portfolio of the Ministry of Works, headed by the Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works & Utilities.
As a quasi-governmental entity, the Bridge Authority is ultimately answerable to the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Philip Edward Davis.
The Hon. Philip Edward Davis
THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
The Hon. Philip Edward “Brave” Davis became the Fifth Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas following the General Election of September 16, 2021.
Mr. Davis was born June 7, 1951, to Brave Edward Davis of Old Bight, Cat Island, and Dorothy Davis (nee Smith) of Alexander, Exuma.
He received his early education at the Eastern Prep School, Eastern Jr. School and St. John’s College. Upon graduating from St. John’s at the aged of 16 with six GCE ‘O’ Levels, he was employed as a construction worker. Later, Mr. Davis secured employment at Barclay’s Bank before resigning to pursue a career as an articled clerk with Wallace-Whitfield and Barnwell. Mr. Davis was called to the Bar of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on March 5, 1975.
Mr. Davis was first elected the Member of Parliament for the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador Constituency in 1992. He was defeated at the polls in the 1997 General Election by the Free National Movement candidate James H. Miller. However, in the 2002 General Election, Mr. Davis defeated Mr. Miller to return to Parliament as the representative for the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador Constituency. He continued as the representative of that constituency following wins in the 2007, 2012, 2017 and the 2021 General Elections.
Following the General Election of 2017, Mr. Davis was sworn in as Leader of the Opposition.
On September 17, 2021, Mr. Davis was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and on September 18, 2021 the Governor-General presented him with his instruments of appointment to the Office of Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Prime Minister Davis is also the Minister of Finance.
Up to his appointment as Prime Minister, Mr. Davis was a practicing attorney-at-law in the law firm of Davis and Co. He is a former partner in the law firm of Christie, Davis and Co. and he has served as president and vice-president of the Bahamas Bar Association. He has sat on the Council of Legal Education and its Executive Committee as well as the Academic Committee of the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica. He has served as a chairman of the National Insurance Board and as a Magistrate in The Bahamas court system.
An Anglican, Mr. Davis has served as a member of St. Christopher’s Anglican Church Vestry Board and also as the Parish’s Synod representative.
He is the father of six and is married to the former Ann Marie Austin. His hobbies include swimming, softball, jogging and reading.
His ministerial portfolio includes:
Government Finance and Borrowings
Department of Inland Revenue
Budgeting & Planning
Central Bank of The Bahamas
Bahamas Development Bank
Banks and Trust Companies
Post Office Savings Bank
Business Licenses and Valuations
Guarantee Loans (Tourism Development)
First-Time Homeowners Tax
Bank of The Bahamas
Relations with Multilateral Financial Institutions
Administration of Tax Information
Relations with the Securities Commission
The Hon. Alfred Sears
MINISTER OF WORKS & UTILITIES
A former Chairman of the College of The Bahamas, Alfred Sears, QC, has played a fundamental role in the transition of the institution into a university.
A former Attorney-General and Minister of Education, Science and Technology from 2002-2007, he is a national thought-leader, having published extensively on matters relating to the law and national development.
He is a distinguished lawyer and managing partner at Sears & Co.
Mr. Sears received his early education at St. Augustine’s College. He holds a Bachelor Degree in political science and master’s degree in international affairs and international law from Columbia University, a jurist doctor from New York Law School and a certificate in legal education from Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica.
Mr. Sears was a full- time tenured lecturer in international relations and the political economy of Africa and the Caribbean in the Black and Puerto Rican Studies Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) for a decade beginning in 1978.
His administrative experience includes serving as executive director of the Association of Caribbean Studies of City University of New York from 1984 to 1986, coordinator of the third and fourth annual Caribbean /Latin American Conference on Inter-American Affairs Programme of Hunter College and departmental research assistant in Columbia’s University’s African Institute. He also coordinated study-aboard programmes to Africa and the Caribbean for undergraduates from Hunter and Brooklyn colleges in 1979 and 1982.
He has received numerous honours and awards, and has travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, West and Southern Africa.
Among his honours and awards he received a Revson Law Teaching Fellowship at City College of City University of New York, a PSCUNY Faculty Research award from Hunter College of CUNY and the Intra-mural Faculty Development Award from Hunter College.
Mr. Sears has served as the Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte from 2000-2012. Among his notable achievements in the community: The renovation and establishment of the Fort Charlotte Community Development Center; the re-engineering of the Chippingham Drainage Canal; construction of the $10 million state-of-the-art T.G. Glover Primary School; and the successful lobbying for the construction of the new Ardastra Gardens housing subdivision.
He was sworn in as a Minister of Works and Utilities on Monday, September 20, 2021 following his election to the House of Assembly as the Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte constituency.
He was born on January 13, 1953. He is married to Marion Bethel and is the father of Adelaja, Ife and Nia.
His Ministerial Portfolio includes:
Construction, Maintenance and Upkeep of Public Parks
Infrastructure including Government Buildings, Roads
Docks, Bridges & Cemeteries
THE BRIDGE AUTHORITY
Pictured left to right are Director Rickeno Moncur, Deputy Chairman Arnold Bain,
Director Lorraine Johnson-Berry, Chairman Basil Longley, Director Orita Brown-Stubbs,
Director Leroy Archer, Corporate Secretary Sybrena Deleveaux and Director Hartley Wilkinson.
C. Anthony Smith
C. Anthony Smith is the General Manager of The Bridge Authority where he has full responsibility for the operations of the state-owned corporation, leading a team of 38 persons and serving as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. In his former role as the IT and Operations Manager at The Bridge Authority, Mr. Smith led initiatives to position the organization for the future, including driving the transition to electronic tolling and implementing upgrades to the transponder and toll system software.
Mr. Smith has more than three decades of experience in designing, implementing and managing IT programs and budgets for leading organizations in The Bahamas. His career began in the public sector in 1989 as a computer programmer/analyst at the Ministry of Finance before taking on private sector consultant roles at Price Waterhouse and Deloitte and eventually becoming the vice president of IT at Lloyds TSB Bank & Trust. Mr. Smith transitioned to the technology sector in 2003, becoming an IT Director at Cable Bahamas where he created and launched a remote desktop support product called PC Wizard which gained 1100 subscribers and generated $100,000 in annual revenue.
Mr. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant with certificates in project management, modern structured analysis, and design, business information modeling, consulting and application software development.
Mr. Smith leads an active lifestyle within the community. He is an avid cyclist, a Deacon at Grace Community Church, and an advisor to Swift Swimming Club and the Let’s Swim Bahamas Foundation.
Mrs. Patrice Roberts
Mrs. Patrice Roberts is a highly qualified, skilled, and experienced Certified Public Accountant, Certified Forensic Accountant, Financial Controller, Internal/External Auditor, Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Compliance and Risk Manager.
Mrs. Roberts is an alum of the South Andros Senior High School; The College of the Bahamas, College of Saint Benedict’s/Saint John’s University of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nova South-eastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The American College of Forensic Examiners, Springfield, Missouri, Global Business Valuation and Cash Flow Projection and Modelling, London, England. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration; NASD Series 6 & 7 Qualified, National Association of Security Dealers, Miami, Florida, Anti-Money Laundering Diploma, First Class Honours.
She has held several senior management positions in the public and private sectors in the Bahamas, and Bermuda.
Mrs. Roberts is the holder of numerous professional certifications including CPA; CRFAC; NASD Series 7 and Series 6 Qualified, and Certificate Investment Banking. She is a member of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Bahamas Institute of Internal Auditors, and The American College of Forensic Examiners.
Mrs. Roberts enjoys singing in the choir, internet research and travelling.
Mrs Roberts attends Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Sandy Port, Nassau, Bahamas.
Ms. Shanette Rahming
Human Resource Manager
Shanette Rahming is the Human Resources Manager at The Bridge Authority providing leadership and support in Human Resource issues to ensure the implementation of the HR strategies aligns with the operational plans of the Authority; with the oversight of 40 employees.
Ms. Rahming is an accomplished Human Resources Manager with over 12 years of experience in Business Management and 8 years of progressive experience in the field of Human Resources with local companies. She is a consummate professional with demonstrated strengths in customer service, time management and trend tracking. Ms. Rahming began her early career in the Financial Services Industry where she served as an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing at Family Guardian Insurance Company Ltd. with over 15 years’ experience in that sector.
She holds an Associate Degree in Marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management along with several other financial certifications including Professional Customer Service, and Associate in Customer Services. She is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is presently pursuing a certification in International Human Resources Law and Professional Life Coaching.
Ms. Rahming is a decisive manager who has comprehensive knowledge of Human Resources Procedures and Operating Standards including but not limited to HR guidance, integration of polices, international recruitment, contract negotiations, HRIS management, compensation structuring and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Rahming also serves as an Associate Pastor at Glory Tabernacle Ministries and is a part of several leadership boards. As a member of the Women’s Ministry her passion and focus are on assisting hurting women nationally and internally in teaching them how to understand their identity in Christ, even from a state of brokenness to wholeness and God’s purpose for their lives. With the wealth of knowledge concerning the Word of God and a strong background in cultivating positive relationships, Ms. Rahming intends to be a transformational leader and a trendsetter of her time. Ms. Rahming is a divorcee and a mother of three beautiful children.
Mr. Basil Longley
Basil G. Longley currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Bridge Authority.
Mr. Longley is a highly qualified technology professional with over 40 yrs experience having started at BTC as Telecommunications Technician, IBM for 20yrs as Computer Engineer and Professional Services Specialist, followed by 22yrs employment with a major International Bank as Senior Manager for Regional Technical Support, Project Management, Strategy and ATM Channel.
Mr. Longley has achieved several successes during his career having led the implementation of Computer Networks / Systems / ATMs / Call Centers and the deployment of over 200 ATMs regionally.
He was also responsible for the leadership and management of people across 16 countries in the Caribbean including Bahamas / Barbados / Jamaica / Cayman / Eastern Caribbean Islands.
Mr. Longley completed his High School Education at St. John’s College and holds a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems and a number of professional certifications and training
in Telecommunications Engineering, IBM AS 400, LAN / WAN Networking, Structured Cabling, Power Management, ATM Installation and Support.
Mr. Longley is President of Perpall Tract Community Association, Chairman of Fort Charlotte Community Development Association and Board Director for Governor General Youth Award Program. He is a member of St. Mary’s Anglican Church and is married to Mrs. Carolyn Longley and the couple is blessed with three children Basil Jr., Dr. Cheree Longley-Thompson, and Baron Longley.
Mr. Arnold Bain
Arnold Bain obtained a Baccalaureate of Arts in Economics at Howard University, located in Washington D.C.USA. He is also an Alumni of The London School of Accountancy, located in London, United Kingdom. Arnold earned a Certificate in Fundamental of Trust Law and Administration from The Bahamas Institute of Bankers, Bahamas. He is also a licensed Justice of the Peace (JP) and has completed Principles of Law for Justices of The Peace.
Arnold previously worked as a British and American trained Senior Financial Executive and as an Accountant and Internal Auditor. He also possesses high-level experience in insurance sales, management, and agency.
Mr. Bain also served for five years in the capacity as The Chairman of the board for Saint Andrew’s School and The Chairman of the board for National Sports Authority.
Professional Associations & Memberships
– Broker, The Insurance of The Bahamas;
– Broker, The Bahamas Real Estate Association;
– Associate, The Association of Cost and Executive Accountants (ACEA) the UK;
– Member, The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) New Jersey, USA;
– Member, The Institute of Internal Auditors (Bahamas).
Mr. Leroy Archer
In 1978, Mr. LeRoy Archer graduated from St. Anne’s High School, as Head Boy….destined to succeed.
Mr. Archer joined the accounting firm KPMG in 1981 as an accountant trainee, later taking a study leave to attend Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
He returned home in 1985 and rejoined KPMG. The accounting firm saw his leadership potential and sent him to gain global experience, for three years, in its Boston, Massachusetts office.
Upon his return to the Bahamas, Mr. Archer, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) was appointed Financial Manager of Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
This global leader left The Bahamas once again to successfully steer another businesses abroad. This time he assumed the post of Financial Controller at Heineken’s regional financial office in Miami, Florida, where he remained until December 2000.
His global path then took him to St. Lucia to assume the top post of Managing Director of the Heineken Brewery on the island, where he successfully turned around a flailing business making it into to the pinnacle of profitability.
His global experience has taken him across the world to many countries including Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Ireland.
Such was his global success, that in 2000, he travelled to Athens, Greece, in order to receive the prestigious “Financial Manager for Heineken Worldwide” award. LeRoy is the first and only Caribbean person to have ever received this distinction. In financial circles both locally and globally, Mr. Archer’s accomplishments and reputation of acuity in Business precede him.
In 2003, our son of the soil returned to The Bahamas in to become Managing Director of the Commonwealth Brewery and Burns House Group of Companies. In keeping with his reputation, on behalf of Heineken, Mr. Archer was able to conduct the most successful IPO in the Bahamas to date in 2011, during a recession.
Mr. Archer has held many positions over the last 24 years, such as Senior Auditor, Financial Manager, Regional Financial Manager and Managing Director.
LeRoy is currently Chief Consultant of Archer’s Consulting Group, a member of Board of Doctor’s Hospital, and a volunteer with Rotary. He has also held numerous executive chairman and board positions.
LeRoy and his wife JoyAnne have three children. Their two sons, Barrington and Jordan, and daughter, LeeAnne.
Mr. Hartley Wilkinson
Hartley Wilkinson serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Bridge Authority.
Mr. Wilkinson previously worked at American Life Insurance Company for several years before transitioning into a successful entrepreneur. He presently owns and operate a successful landscaping company for the past 25 years.
In his formative years of education, he attended and graduated from C.C Sweeting Senior High School. Mr. Wilkinson was determined to expand his knowledge and enrolled in BTVI, formerly known as the Industrial Training Center, where he obtained a certification in plumbing and upholstery in 1994. He also became a licensed Justice of the Peace in 2006.
Mr. Wilkinson is the father of five children and is highly regarded as a pillar in his community. He is a distinguished individual and often described by family and friends as trustworthy and dependable. He desires to see everyone succeed in their set goals and to strive in excellence by becoming the best version of themselves.
Mr. Rickeno Moncur
Pastor Rickeno R. Moncur, was born on February 21, 1984, in New Providence, The Bahamas. He is a quintessential millennial leader; one who many describe as a wise man beyond his years. He is a prolific speaker, leadership cultivator, advocate of excellence and visionary influencer.
With more than 20 years in ministry, his charismatic approach has helped thousands throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and North America find life and realize their purpose.
In 2001, Pastor Moncur entered full time ministry at the Agape Church, where he served faithfully in many leadership capacities under the leadership of Bishop Helen McPhee. He attended the Gilead International College where he studied Psychology and Theology and is presently enrolled in the New Covenant University where his studies continue in Christian Leadership and Organizational Management.
Pastor Moncur is the recipient of two Pacesetter in Religion awards from the Government of the Bahamas. He serves as the Executive Assistant to the Provincial Leader of the Global United Fellowship, Bahamas; appointed in 2019 by His Grace, Bishop Neil C. Ellis. In addition, he is the Co-Host of a weekly Current Affairs Radio Talk Show on Glory 93.9FM.
In 2007, at the age of 23, he established the Word of Life Kingdom Ministries Church, in Nassau, Bahamas. Pastor Moncur’s greatest motivation in life is seeing people living the abundant life that Christ died for them to live!
Mrs. Lorraine Johnson-Berry
Lorraine Johnson-Berry serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Bridge Authority.
She is a decorated banker by profession, with a rich history in the Commercial Banking Sector, that spans over two decades.
During her career, she has risen through the ranks in banking and served in many distinctive roles inclusive of positions responsible for the leadership and management of people, as well as client portfolios. In her current role as a Private Banker, at one of our leading financial institutions, she manages a portfolio of wealthy to affluent local and international clients.
She has been recognized for her stellar performance and received multiple local and regional awards. Her most notable award was being the awardee of the Bahamas Financial Services “Professional of the Year Award”.
Mrs. Johnson-Berry completed her High School Education at St. Augustine’s College. She holds an Associates of Arts Degree in Banking & Finance; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Management with a concentration in Finance; and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the College of the Bahamas and Nova Southeast University.
While she is a former Kiwanian, she continues to render her service to the less fortunate and needy in the community and offers mentorship to young ladies in her circle and community at large. She is an active member at her church and currently serves as the Church’s keyboard player and Treasurer.
Mrs. Johnson-Berry is married to Mr. Warren Berry and the couple is blessed with three children Kennon, Jai’den, and Zayne.
Mrs. Orita Brown-Stubbs
Mrs. Orita Joan Brown-Stubbs was born June 9th 1967. Nassau, Bahamas. She is a single parent and a proud mother of two beautiful daughters, Carlrita Robinson and Mikayla Stubbs along with one adorable granddaughter Dazariah Bullard.
A Bahamian my Father is deceased (James Otis Brown), A descendant of Black Point Exuma. My Mother is still alive Joan Moss Brown born in Nassau, Bahamas.
Mrs. Orita Brown-Stubbs obtained her early education started at Kingsway Academy, St.John’s College prep Bahamas Academy Jr high and The Government High School where she graduated. Mrs. Orita Brown-Stubbs attended Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (B.T.V.I) after high school where She received A Diploma of Certification in Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Nail Technology, as well as, Construction Technology Trade Certificate in Maintenance Technician Painting and Decorating. Mrs. Orita Brown-Stubbs is a Nail technician and a Massage therapist by profession and a small business owner for over 30 years.
At the age of 54 she went back to school and now a Certified Councilor, as of recent, she has been gainful employed at The Department of Labour as a Public Employment Service Officer (P.E.S. officer). Mrs. Orita Brown- Stubbs is a Christian believer and member of the Anglican Faith. She attends St.Gregory’s The Great located on Carmichael Road. She was elected The President of the A.C.W. Group (Anglican Church Women). Mrs. Orita Brown -Stubbs currently hold the position as Chairman of Carmichael Branch of the Progressive Liberal Party (P.L.P.) from 2017 to present.
She is also Stalwart Councilor in the P.L.P. party. Mrs. Orita Brown -Stubbs a Warrior of excellence a proud member of One Family Junkanoo Group and Community Organization since, 1984 to present. A member of the leadership and Steering team and a Executive team member of that great organization, as a Front-line dancer. Also she stands as the current Chairman of the Outreach Committee of the Junkanoo Corporation New Providence (JCNP). She is also an Executive team member of the JCNP. Last but not least Mrs. Orita Brown-Stubbs is a current Broad member of the Bridge Authority (T.B.A.). Mrs. Orita Brown-Stubbs a True, True Bahamian, She Loves her God, her family, and her Country. In God She Trust.
Ms. Sybrena Deleveaux
Ms. Sybrena Deleveaux has worked for the Public Service for more that twenty-seven (27) years and was awarded the opportunity to work in various Ministries and Departments in which her humble employment commenced in the year, 1995 as a Teacher Aide at the Early Childhood Development Centre.
Ms. Deleveaux was later transferred to the Willie Mae Pratt Center for Girls, correctional services department where she assume responsibilities of, but not limited to Counsellor, Etiquette and Grooming. Ms. Deleveaux cherished each moment of noticeable changes in these young ladies as they transitioned back into Society.
Ms. Deleveaux also worked in various Units of the Department of Social Services and the Judicial Department where she rendered assistance to people from all walks of life.
Ms. Deleveaux is presently a Prosecutor employed by the Office of the Attorney General and her Secondment to the Ministry of Public Works in the year 2018 enables her to work in all areas of the laws of The Bahamas.
Ms. Deleveaux completed her High School Education at the R.M. Bailey Senior High School, an Associated of Arts Degree in Law and Criminal Justice from the College of The Bahamas, her LLB with Honors from the University of Huddersfield, located in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England and her Bar Studies at the Eugene Dupuch Law School with Honors.
Ms. Deleveaux is a member of the Mt. Tabor Church, and a former member of the Evangelism Ministry.
She is a divorced mother of two children, Kameo and Sadera and the very proud grandmother of Sage and Lyriq.