How We Are Run

MEET THE

Trust Council

Geoffrey Andrews
President, Elected member
    Colin Higgs
    Deputy President, Elected Member
      Andy Fowler
      Honorary Secretary, Elected Member
        Marvin Arrington
        Elected Member
          Glenn Bannister
          Elected Member
            Kevin Cartwright
            Elected Member
              Hank Ferguson
              Elected Member
                Marcus Laing
                Elected Member
                  Rachel Lightbourne-Graham
                  Elected Member
                    Neil McKinney
                    Elected Member
                      Karin Sanchez
                      Elected Member
                        Gary Sands
                        Elected Member
                          Joanne Smith
                          Elected Member
                            Patrick Thompson
                            Elected Member
                              Simon Townend
                              Elected Member
                                Janet Johnson
                                Appointed Member, Ministry of Tourism
                                  Livingston Marshall, PhD
                                  Appointed Member, Governor General
                                    Patrice Green
                                    Appointed Member, Ministry of Education
                                      Rochelle Newbold
                                      Appointed Member, Ministry of Environment
                                        Gregory Bethel
                                        Appointed Member, Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources
                                          Rodney Smith, PhD
                                          Appointed Member, University of The Bahamas
                                            Robert Goldrich
                                            Appointed Member, Leon Levy Foundation
                                              Wes Sechrest
                                              Appointed Member, Global Wildlife Conservation
                                                Matthew Jeffery
                                                Appointed Member, National Audubon Society
                                                  Karen Bjorndal, PhD
                                                  Appointed Member, University of Florida
                                                    Felicity Arengo, PhD
                                                    Appointed Member, American Museum of Natural History
                                                      Pamela Reid, PhD 
                                                      Appointed Member, University of Miami
                                                        Christopher Hughes
                                                        Appointed Member, US National Park Service

                                                          Scientific Advisors

                                                          Dan Brumbaugh, PhD
                                                          Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
                                                            THESE ARE OUR

                                                            Current Committees

                                                            Regional Branches

                                                            Grand Bahama

                                                            The Grand Bahama Regional Branch is the first regional branch within the Bahamas National Trust. It was established in the early 1980s to facilitate the Trust’s expanding presence on Grand Bahama. The Grand Bahama Regional Branch has played many critical roles over the years from helping with the day to day management of the three, heavily-used national parks on Grand Bahama to spearheading special projects and fundraising drives.

                                                            Standing and Advisory Committes

                                                            Retreat Committee

                                                            A dedicated group of Trust members and friends oversee the care and maintenance of The Retreat Garden National Park. The committee oversees the care of the specialty palm collection, special horticultural features, infrastructural projects and the Trust’s nursery. A sub-committee of the group also spearheads the annual Christmas Jollification, whose proceeds support the garden.

                                                            Specialty Groups

                                                            New Providence Bird Club

                                                            The New Providence Bird Club ( formerly the Ornithology Group) functions under the Wildlife Committee and has been active since 1994. It offers seasonal monthly field trips on New Providence and during spring and fall field trips are often arranged to other islands. Members also participate in Christmas Bird Counts each year on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Andros.

                                                            The group is also involved in scientific studies of wintering migrants with emphasis on the Kirtland’s Warbler, the Important Bird Areas programme of Bird Life International, International Waterbirds Census; Caribbean Endemic Bird Day and International Migratory Bird Day.

                                                            New Areas

                                                            Efforts are underway to create Regional Branches in Great Exuma, Long Island, Cat Island and South and Central Andros. For more information contact the Bahamas National Trust (bnt@bnt.bs)

                                                            Science Committee

                                                            This is a multi-disciplined network of scientists and experts whose knowledge, experience and interest in the Bahamian environment and its natural resources will provide immeasurable contributions to the work of the Trust. The purpose is to advise the Council of the Bahamas National Trust on science related matters.

                                                            Events Committee

                                                            The Events Committee works directly with the Development Department to provide support for fundraising events as well as developing new events to support the work of the BNT.