The Chartered Governance Institute - Jamaica


Get to know the Jamaica committee

Meet the team

The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland maintains a presence in Jamaica through its local branch committee. The local branch strives to enhance the presence of the Institute within Jamaica and surrounding, to support members and students throughout their careers and study programmes, as qualified or aspiring governance professionals. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact us.

Meet your branch committee 

Elizabeth Henry Pottinger, Branch Chair

Elizabeth Henry Pottinger FCGI, LLB, CLE, Branch Chair

Elizabeth has been employed as a Senior Manager and Company Secretary with the firm KPMG for over 22 years and has combined professional experience in the full range of Company Secretarial services of over 30 years. Her experience is wide ranging and includes corporate Secretarial functions for several publicly listed companies and their subsidiaries, KPMG’s team lead for Initial Public Offerings for client’s public share offers.

Her experience includes corporate governance, share registration, liquidations, and board room assistance for advice and minute taking.  Elizabeth is the current Chair of the Jamaica Branch of the Chartered Governance Institute and is the holder of an LLB designation from the University of London and Certificate of Legal Education from The Norman Manley Law School.

In 2019 she was awarded the CGI President’s Medal for Corporate Governance.

Stephanie Neita, Vice-chair

Stephanie Neita, ACG, BSc, MBA, Deputy Branch Chair

Stephanie Neita is a Chartered Governance and Compliance professional with approximately 20 years’ experience in the disciplines.

She is currently employed to National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (“NCBJ”) where she provides corporate secretarial services for companies within the NCB Group covering multiple jurisdictions and assists with the administration of the AML/CFT compliance programme for NCBJ and its subsidiaries.

Prior to being employed to NCBJ, she was a part of another Group of companies involved in the financial and communications sectors, performing corporate secretarial and compliance functions as well as operating as the administrator of the self-administered pension fund for the group.

A Jamaican national, Stephanie is a Member of the Chartered Governance Institute and the International Compliance Association and holds a BSc Degree in Management as well as an MBA in addition to Diplomas in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations as well as Strategic Project Management.

Marvia Williams, Branch Secretary

Marvia Williams, FCG, LLB, Branch Secretary

Marvia Williams is a Chartered Governance Professional with over 24 years in practice in private and publicly listed companies. Prior to launching her private practice, She served as Senior Corporate Secretary of the GraceKennedy Group, and before then as Group Assistant Company Secretary and Registrar for the Lascelles de Mercado Group of Companies.

Through her work on the Jamaica Rum Geographical Indications Task Force and her management of the Lascelles De Mercado Trademark portfolio of over 40 entities, Marvia has gained significant experience in Trademarks protection and monitoring.

Having served as Company Secretary for a diverse range of entities including regulated entities, public companies and Groups of Companies, she prides herself on ensuring regulatory compliance in the companies within her portfolio.

Marvia is currently the Secretary of the Jamaica Branch of the CGI and has served in this capacity since 1995.

She has been an Associate of the Governance Institute (formerly ICSA) since 1995 and holds an LLB from the University of London. She has also received formal training on Trademarks through the World   Intellectual   Property   Worldwide   Academy and participated in a Geographical Indications study tour in Switzerland.

Committee members

  • Rhonda Adams, FCG – A former Company Secretary of Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Jamaica, who is currently in private practice providing support to both private and publicly listed entities.
  • Denise Douglas, ACG – Assistant Secretary/Treasurer- Currently in public practice for over 10 years, providing support to both private and publicly listed entities.
  • Gene Douglas, FCG – Treasurer – Retired former Company Secretary of PanCaribbean Group of Companies and Red Stripe. Currently in private practice providing support to both private and publicly listed entities.
  • Christina Howell, Grad, ACG  – Company Secretary of Jamaica Urban Transit Company, and currently in law school.
  • Sharon Prendergast, ACG– Currently Company Secretary of GraceKennedy Financial Group
  • Ann-Marie Whyte, ACG – Currently in law school, and previously company secretary in the banking industry
  • Anna Young, FCG, LLB – Currently in private practice for over 15 years and serves as company secretary for several publicly listed companies.

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