The Bridge Authority is under the portfolio of the Ministry of Works, headed by the Hon. T. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Works.
As a quasi-governmental entity, the Bridge Authority is ultimately answerable to the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis.
Dr. the Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Hubert Alexander Minnis, M.D. was born in Bain Town, Nassau, to Rosalie North and Randolph Minnis on April 16, 1954.
He obtained his early education at Our Lady’s Primary School and Western Junior School, and his secondary education at St. Augustine’s College, Nassau, from which he graduated in 1971.
He attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (1971-1975) and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Biology. That same year, he entered the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He obtained the MBBS degree in medicine in 1980.
Dr. Minnis did his internship at the Princess Margaret Hospital and served as a physician at that institution until such time he sought specialization abroad. Dr. Minnis completed his specialized studies in Jamaica in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1985. He is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (MRCOG) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FRCOG).
Dr. Minnis returned home and began serving the Bahamian people at the Princess Margaret Hospital as a specialist physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. While at the Princess Margaret Hospital, he served as a Consultant and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and as Deputy Chief of Staff. He had a stellar medical career in both the public and private sectors where it is estimated that Dr. Minnis delivered over five thousand babies.
As part of his commitment to the wider community, Dr. Minnis served as president of the Medical Association of The Bahamas (MAB), and as a member of the Government-appointed Medical Council. He also served as chairman of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas and was an associate lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
He has a special interest in, and dedication to, the promotion of Bahamian ownership in the economy and in the redevelopment of traditional Over-the-Hill communities where he still retains deep roots and connections.
Dr. Minnis was first elected a Member of Parliament for the New Providence constituency of Killarney in 2007, as a member of the Free National Movement (FNM). He served as Minister of Health from 2007-2012. He was re-elected in the 2012 General Election and became Leader of the Free National Movement and Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the House of Assembly. At the Free National Movement’s Convention in November 2014, Dr. Minnis was re-elected Leader of the FNM Party. In December 2016 Dr. Minnis ceased to be the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the House of Assembly, but maintained his position as FNM Party Leader.
Dr. Minnis became Prime Minister following the General Election held on May 10, 2017 when his party, the FNM, won an overwhelming majority, capturing 35 of the 39 seats in the House of Assembly.
On May 12, 2017 Dr. Minnis was officially sworn in by Her Excellency, Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling as the fourth Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, in a ceremony held at Government House.
A Roman Catholic, Dr. Minnis is married to the former Patricia Beneby and is the father of three children and five grandchildren.
An expert cowbeller for the celebrated Junkanoo group, the Saxons Superstars, Dr. Minnis enjoys “rushing” on Bay Street during the annual Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parades. His other interests include reading, working out at the gym, and spending time with family.
The Hon. T. Desmond Bannister
Minister of Works
The Hon. Desmond Bannister was born on October 28, 1958. Following his early education in The Bahamas, he completed studies leading to an Associate’s Degree at Miami Dade Community College in Florida and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Grinnell College in Iowa.
He received an LL.B. degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados and completed his Legal Education at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica. He was called to The Bahamas Bar in 1988.
Mr. Bannister served as Crown Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General between 1988 and 1991, when he joined the law offices of Evans & Co. Before becoming Minister of Works, he was the senior partner at The Law Partnership.
Mr. Bannister was engaged as a part-time lecturer for The Bahamas Bar, The Bahamas Institute of Bankers and at The University of The Bahamas and has served as Acting Stipendiary & Circuit Magistrate.
A lifelong sports enthusiast, Mr. Bannister was elected as President of The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations in December 1999.
He was first appointed to the Senate in 2002 and was elected Parliament in the 2007 General Elections representing the Carmichael Constituency. He served as Minister of State in the Office of the Attorney General and as Minister of Education.
Mr. Bannister was re-elected to the Carmichael Constituency in the May 10, 2017 General Election, and was appointed Minister of Works.
He is married to Donna (nee Charlow) and they are the proud parents of two children, Dominique and Danielle.
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.