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Directors & Officers

Lord Michael Ashcroft

Lord Michael Ashcroft

Chairman

Lord Ashcroft is an international businessman, philanthropist, author and pollster. His many, varied business interests include significant investments and participation in both public and private companies in the UK, US and the Caribbean. He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Impellam Group plc in December 2014. In 2012, he was appointed a member of the Privy Council and was made the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Veterans’ Transition, working with all departments to ensure military personnel receive the support they need when making the transition to civilian life.

He stepped down from this role in 2018. Lord Ashcroft supports a wide range of charities, including those dealing with crime prevention and education. He is the founder and Chairman of Trustees of both Crimestoppers and the Ashcroft Technology Academy, Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University (which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 1999), Patron of the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre, Vice Patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum and a Trustee of the Cleveland Clinic in the US.

He resigned from the House of Lords in 2015 to concentrate on other areas of his work. He is a former Trustee and President of the West India Committee, a former Trustee of the Imperial War Museum. In 2016, Lord Ashcroft was made Knight Grand Cross of The Imperial Order of The Holy Trinity (Ethiopia) and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2017, he was made a Senior Fellow of the International Strategic Studies Association.

He has written 17 books, mainly on politics and bravery and is widely respected for his political polling.

Peter Gaze

peter gaze

Deputy Chairman and Director

Peter Gaze has been a director of Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited since 2007 and was appointed Chairman on October 8, 2019. He is also a non-executive Director of Marlowe Holdings PLC, Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited, Carlisle Support Services Group Limited and Hawley Group Limited.

Mr. Gaze was previously Chief Financial Officer of Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited from 1997 to 2015 and of Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited from 2011 to 2015.

During its expansion in the UK and US in the period leading up to its acquisition by Tyco International in 1997, Mr. Gaze was a senior financial executive at ADT Group Limited.

Mr. Gaze trained with the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Stewart Howard

Stewart Howard

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Stewart Howard has over twenty-three years of banking experience and has worked in varying fields in finance from Corporate Banking, Trade Finance, Risk Management, Forex, Operations, Commercial & Retail Lending and Card Services. He started his career with Republic Bank Limited in Trinidad, and in 2010 joined The Belize Bank Limited in Belize later transferring to British Caribbean Bank Limited (BCB) in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). In June 2012, Mr. Howard was appointed Managing Director of BCB. During his tenure in the Turks and Caicos Islands he served as the President of the Banking Association of TCI and has worked throughout the region including Trinidad, Barbados, Cuba, Belize and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Mr. Howard is a graduate of the Institute of Banking and Finance as the valedictorian in addition to reading for Management and Finance at the University of West Indies where he graduated with 1st Class Honours.

Melquisedec Flores

Melquisedec Flores

Director

Melquisedec Flores is currently a Financial Consultant with 32 years of experience in a variety of financial and commercial roles.

This includes over 8 years with a NASDAQ listed company based in Belize but with international interest and a period with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Belize. Mr Flores is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Washington State Board of Accountancy.

Sarah Ashcroft

Sarah Ashcroft

Director

Sarah Ashcroft has 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and economic development. She is Vice President and Senior Regional Director, Northeast Region for Rockefeller Group.

In this role, Ms. Ashcroft is responsible for overseeing the company’s current development projects throughout New York City as well as future development projects in the Northeast region.

Prior to joining Rockefeller Group, she spent four years as Senior Development Manager for Jonathan Rose Companies, a New York City-based real estate investment, development and project management firm. Ms. Ashcroft has also been Vice President, Real Estate Development for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), where she managed several large mixed-use development projects.

She has also worked for the Greater Jamaica (Queens, N.Y.) Development Corporation as Senior Project Manager and for the California Council for the Humanities as Program Officer. Ms. Ashcroft earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and her Master’s Degree from New York University.

Abner Peralta

Abner Peralta

Company Secretary

Abner Peralta has been the Company Secretary of the Company since May 2012. Mr. Peralta holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law in England.

Mr. Peralta was admitted to practice law in Belize in July 2015 and is a member of the Belize Bar Association.

Mr. Peralta is also the Company Secretary for The Belize Bank Limited, the largest banking operation in Belize, and its subsidiary Belize Bank International Limited, a company authorised to conduct international banking business with international customers from Belize.