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Carlton Earl Samuels, CD, JP, FCA, FCCA, MBA
Assistant General Manager

Carlton Earl Samuels has a distinguished career in the field of Financial and General Management. As Financial Manager and Consultant, he has worked in several private and statutory organizations, and was appointed Assistant General Manager at the Jamaica National Building Society in 2011.

In his capacity as Managing Director of the National Housing Trust from January 1998 to March 2010, Mr. Samuels was known for his financial acumen, professionalism and passion for excellence. In recognition of his outstanding leadership at NHT, he was awarded the National Honour, Order of Distinction (Commander Class) on May 23, 2006 for his contribution to the housing sector. 

He served on several civic boards and societies thereby contributing to community and national development. In 1997, he was the recipient of the University of Technology (UTECH) Outstanding Alumnus Award and, in 2006 he received the Distinguished Rotarian Award from the Rotary Club of St. Andrew.   In 2012, Mr Samuels received the Distinguished Cornwallian award from the Cornwall College Alumni Association.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Accounting, College of Arts, Science and Technology (now University of Technology), 1978
  • MBA, The Chapman Graduate School, Florida International University, 2001
  • Certificate, Wharton Real Estate Business School, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • Chartered Accountant by profession
  • Fellow, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK)
  • Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica


Directorships/Affiliations: 

  • Chairman, International University of the Caribbean Foundation
  • Chairman, Audit Committee, University of Technology
  • Chairman, Finance Committee, Chase Fund
  • Chairman, Property Development Committee, Devon House Development Co. Ltd.
  • Council Member, University of Technology
  • Director and Member of Finance & Personnel Committees, United Way of Jamaica
  • Director, Chase Fund
  • Trustee, Cornwall College Trust

Shereen Jones, BSc., MSc.
Assistant General Manager
Operations and Information Technology

Shereen Jones is tasked with overall responsibility for Operations and Information Technology across the JN Group.  She has over 25 years experience in IT, spanning multiple industries with significant focus on financial services, and has managed engagements in several countries, both regionally and across three continents.
 
She joined JN in 2006 as General Manager of Management Control Systems (MCS) and assumed the position of Group Executive – Information Technology, in October 2009.  Her association with JNBS began in 1999 when she assisted with the implementation of the Phoenix Banking system as a consultant.  She was appointed Assistant General Manager in February 2013.  In October 2013, the Jamaica Computer Society presented her with a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contribution to the ICT Industry.

Qualifications:

  • MSc, Computer Science, Honours, Pennsylvania State University
  • BSc, Computer Science, First Class Honours, The University of the West Indies

Directorships/Affiliations: 
Director, SwimJamaica
Member, Toastmasters International
Member, Jamaica Computer Society

Curtis Martin, BSc., MBA
Assistant General Manager
Group Chief Financial Officer
Treasury Operations

With more than two decades of experience in banking, corporate finance and treasury and investment management, Curtis Martin joined the Jamaica National Building Societ in July 2013,  In his capacity as Assistant General Manager, Treasury and Investments, he is charged with advising the Group and the Board on treasury, investment and strategic issues and driving the profitability of the Treasury Division of the Society, while ensuring that the relevant regulatory and risk conventions are adhered to.

Mr Martin previously worked in a number of capacities with the Bank of Jamaica, Pan Caribbean Merchant Bank (now Sagicor), Capital and Credit Finance Group and the Jamaica Money Market Brokers. As Chairman of the Jamaica Stock Exchange & Jamaica Central Securities Depository (2006-2011), he led the diversification of the organization’s revenue stream through the development and launch of Junior Stock Market, JSE Trustee Services, JSE E-Learning Institute and the Caribbean Exchange Network (CXN).

Qualifications:

  • B.Sc., Management Studies, The University of the West Indies (UWI), 1986
  • MBA, Finance, Columbia University, New York, 1991-1992

Directorships/Affiliations: 

Director, Jamaica Central Security Depository Ltd and Director, JCSD Trustee Services

  • Governor, Jamaica Stock Exchange E-Learning Institute
  • Member, Kingston College Old Boys’ Association

Leon Mitchell, Dip M, BBA, MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma)
Assistant General Manager

Leon Mitchell is responsible for identifying and implementing strategic business opportunities, locally and overseas for the JN Group.  Since joining the Society in 1999, he has been appointed to several positions, including Overseas Business Development Executive; CEO JNO (UK, USA, and Canada) Ltd.; and JN Group Executive, Marketing, Sales & Promotions

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Technology (1997)
  • MBA, Florida International University, Beta Gamma Sigma (2003)

Directorships/Affiliations: 

  • Chairman, Fund Raising Committee, Jamaica Red Cross
  • President, Jamaica Hockey Federation
  • Director, Independent Park Limited (IPL)
  • Member
  • Kiwanis Club of Kingston
  • Kingston Cricket Club
  • Technical Director/Coach, Rockfort Football Club

Claudine Allen, MSc., BA, PGDip
Executive, Enterprise Contact Centre and Member Ombudsman

Claudine Allen was appointed Executive for the JNBS Enterprise Contact Centre and Member Ombudsman in January 2015.  In this capacity, she will serve as the Society’s ISO 9001:2008 Management Representative and will ensure adherence to the established standards of quality throughout the Society’s operations.

Miss Allen joined the Society as Communications Specialist in the Corporate Communications Department in 2006 and has also served as Special Assistant to the General Manager - a position she held for six years.

She brings to the Society expertise in corporate affairs and public relations, business administration, and advertising.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Science, Public Relations, Syracuse University
  • BA, Media and Communication, The University of the West Indies (UWI)
  • Diploma, Business Administration, UWI

Joy Brady, ACCA, AAT

Group Finance

Joy Brady is a chartered accountant by training with more than eighteen years of financial management experience in the commercial industry and approximately twelve years of experience in auditing. She joined the Society in 2004 as Group Finance Manager and was promoted to Executive in August 2011. Her responsibilities include monitoring the financial operations and managing finance related projects for the Society and its subsidiaries.

Qualifications:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Level III (1992)
  • Association of Accounting Technician (AAT), Level III (1984)
  • Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ)
  • Fellow, ACCA

Directorships/Affiliation: 
Chairperson, Finance Committee and Youth Director, St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church

Tiffany Gordon, BSc., MBA
Mortgage Sales

Tiffany Gordon was appointed Executive, Mortgage Sales in February 2013, with responsibility for the Society’s national and international mortgage sales portfolio.    She joined the Society as Senior Manager in 2007, with responsibility for the restructuring of the Mortgage Operations Unit.  In 2009, Ms. Gordon was given the task of restructuring the Mortgage Sales unit within the Society, to include the addition of four island-wide Mortgage Centres and a mobile sales team.

As Executive, Mortgage Sales, she is primarily responsible for setting the strategic direction and initiatives for the Society, for the delivery of mortgage sales and achievement of sales targets, as well as ensuring compliance with banking and service standards, for product development, technology enhancements, loan quality and the implementation of Mortgage Sales initiatives.   Ms. Gordon guides the management of external broker and real estate affiliate partners and works closely with Developers via the JNBS Preferred Lender partnership programme.

Qualifications

  • BSc Management, Morris Brown College, USA 1997
  • MBA Marketing, Clark Atlanta University, USA, 2000
  • Lean Six Sigma Certified for Operations Excellence, University of New Orleans, USA, 2007

Ms. Gordon is a member of the Alliance Francaise de La Jamaique Association , is fluent in Italian and proficient in French.

Tonya Grant, FCCA, CPA
Group Internal Audit

Mrs Tonya Grant is charged with the responsibility of assisting the JN Group in accomplishing its strategic objectives by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate the effectiveness of the organization's risk management, control, and governance processes.
She has more than 25 years experience in internal and external auditing and has participated in various internal audit conferences and seminars. Prior to joining the Society, she spent over 10 years at KPMG.

Qualifications:

  • Fellow, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)
  • US Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Diploma, Business Administration, University of Technology

Directorships/Affiliation: 

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member, Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Member, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Member, Shortwood Teachers’ College Finance Committee


Hilret Hanson
Branch Retail Operations

Hilret Hanson, who has been with the Society for the past 32 years, is the Executive  with responsibility for Branch Retail Operations.

He has served the society in various capacities during his tenure, such as Branch Manager, Finance Manager and Senior Regional Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate in Jamaican securities, Jamaica Institute of Management
  • Financial Management courses, College of Art, Science and Technology, now University of Technology

 Directorships/Affiliations

  • Chairman, St. Elizabeth Technical High School
  • Past President, Jamaica National Managers Association (JANMAS)
  • Former Board Member,  Building Societies Credit Union
  • Member, Manchester Chamber of Commerce```1

Tasha Manley, CAMS, LLB, BSc
General Legal Counsel

An accomplished Attorney-at-Law and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Tasha Manley was appointed General Counsel for the JN Group in September 2016.  Prior to this appointment, Ms Manley held the position of Chief Compliance Officer at the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), since July 2011. In that role, she had oversight for the global Anti-Money Laundering programme and the broader regulatory compliance framework for the JN Group. 

Former Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Department, Ms. Manley has represented the Government of Jamaica in all local courts and has appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the UK on two occasions.  

She has worked as an International Fellow at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Washington DC. 

Qualifications

  • Legal Education Certificate, Norman Manley Law School
  • Bachelor of Laws and BSc, Political Science (First Class Honours), The University of the West Indies
  • Currently pursuing the internationally acclaimed Chartered Banker MBA.

Directorships/Affiliations

  • Member, UK Chartered Banker Institute (student member)
  • Member, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
  • Member, UK Money Transmitter’s Association
  • Member, Jamaica Banker’s Association Compliance Committee

She has also served as a Director on a number of public sector Boards, including the Development Bank of Jamaica, chairing the board’s Audit Committee; the Chase Fund (later serving as Corporate Secretary); the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and the Water Resources Authority. 

Keisha Melhado-Forrest, BSc., MBA
Mortgage Operations

Keisha Melhado-Forrest joined the Society in September 1992 as an Insurance Reconciliation Clerk in the then Mortgage Department.  Following a series of promotions, she was appointed Senior Manager – Mortgage Operations in June 2011, with direct responsibility for the JNBS Loan Processing Centre (LPC). 

She was appointed Executive, Mortgage Operations in February 2013, to lead the execution of strategic objectives aimed at expanding the Society’s mortgage business; and administer the portfolio in a manner that mitigates credit risk, supports income generation and adheres to regulatory and legal requirements.

Qualifications

  • MBA, Banking and Finance, Mona School of Business, UWI, 2003
  • BSc, (Hons.), Management Studies and Accounting, The University of the West Indies (UWI), 2001

Dana-Marie Morris Dixon, PhD
Executive, Business Development and Research

Dr. Dana-Marie Morris Dixon was appointed Executive, Business Development and Research in June 2013 and will serve as the Society’s chief research officer, developing and driving the organisation’s research agenda.  Dr Morris Dixon is also tasked with identifying and exploring new business opportunities for JNBS and its subsidiary companies to increase our market dominance.  

She previously worked at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), where she assumed the role of Acting President in March 2013 and served until her resignation.   She joined JAMPRO as the Manager of the Caribbean, Latin America & Emerging Markets Department, on secondment from the Office of the Prime Minister in October 2009 and was appointed Vice President of Planning & Corporate Development in April 2010.

Prior to joining JAMPRO, Dr Morris Dixon was the Director of Development, Policy Planning and Strategy at the Office of the Prime Minister.  She has also previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses, focused don international trade, finance, development, globalization and Caribbean foreign policy at The University of the West Indies.

Qualifications

  • PhD, International Studies, University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies
  • Masters in Government, The University of the West Indies (UWI)
  • BSc degree, Economics and International Relations, First Class Honours
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Recipient of the George Beckford Award for Economic Development (2003)

Directorships/Affiliations

  • Executive, International Women’s Forum
  • Executive, Jamaica Fulbright-Humphrey Alumni Association

Lieutenant Colonel Garfield Sean Prendergast, JP, MSc, MA, rcds, psc
Executive, Administration

Lieutenant Colonel G S Prendergast joined the Jamaica National Building Society in January 2014.  He has served as a Commissioned Officer in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) for over thirty (30) years and was previously seconded from the JDF to the post of Commissioner of Corrections during the period March 2010 to 30 June 2013.   He is currently on retirement leave from the JDF. 

He successfully completed an Officer’s Selection Board and joined the JDF in June 1983.  He underwent basic military training and was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in 1984.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1986, Captain in 1990, Major in 1998 and Lieutenant Colonel in 2005.

Lieutenant Colonel Prendergast has held a number of major military appointments, including Infantry Company Commander, Battalion Intelligence Officer, HQ JDF Assistant Staff Officer (Personnel), acted as the Training Major for the Third Battalion the Jamaica Regiment (National Reserve) and Commanding Officer of an Infantry Battalion.  He was also appointed Standards Officer for the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course in 2002 and again in 2003. 

Qualifications

  • Master of Arts Degree in International Studies, King’s College London, UK
  • Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, The University of the West Indies
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management, Institute of Management and Production, Jamaica
  • Diploma in Counter-Terrorism Studies, National Defence University, Washington DC, USA
  • Certificate, General Management Studies, Management Institute for National Development, Jamaica

Military Training

  • Royal College of Defence Studies Course in London, UK
  • Regional Defence Counter-Terrorism Fellows Program, National Defence University, Fort McNair, Washington DC, USA
  • US Army Command and General Staff Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
  • Regimental Signals Officer Course and All Arms Tactics Course, School of Infantry, Warminster, UK
  • Basic Officer Training, Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Basic Military Training, Jamaica Defence Force, Newcastle, St Andrew

Achievements

  • Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service to the Jamaica Defence Force
  • Distinguished Graduate Award, National Defence University, Washington, DC, USA

 

 

Angela Fletcher
Executive, Business Sales

An expert in driving financial results and delivering outstanding customer service, Angela Fletcher joined the Jamaica National Building Society in May 2016 as Executive, Business Sales. She previously worked in the financial sector for more than 20 years, at Citibank Jamaica, Dehring Bunting & Golding and with the Lascelles Henriques Superannuation Fund. A member of the PSOJ Economic Policy Committee since 2014.

Qualifications

  • Masters in Finance from the Manchester School of Business
  • BSc, Management Studies from The University of the West Indies

 

Janice Robinson Longmore
Executive

Janice Robinson Longmore joined the JN Group in July 2014 in the capacity of Executive, mandated to support the JN Group Transformation project. She was appointed Deputy General Manager of JN Fund Managers in May 2015.

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), she has a wealth of knowledge and experience in business transformations, investment and pension fund management, commercial banking and regulatory compliance. Mrs. Robinson Longmore has worked in several senior management roles in banking operations, auditing, treasury, pension fund and investment and mutual fund distribution in Jamaica and Canada.

Mrs. Robinson Longmore earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.

She is passionate about the need for ethical behavior in the conduct of business, the advancement of education, and child development and protection. She also loves gardening, particularly the care and development of a variety of orchids and roses.

Mrs. Robinson Longmore is a Director of the Pension Funds Association of Jamaica, a member of the University of Technology, Undergraduate Course Advisory Committee (Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies), Committee Member (Family Life Ministries) and a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.