PATTERSON K. H. CHELTENHAM QC (Barbados)
He is one of the principals of Charlton Chambers, one of the leading Chambers in Barbados and primarily practises in the areas of civil litigation, insurance and personal injury law, employment law, and corporate and commercial law. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2001 and was admitted as a Fellow and an Accredited Mediator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in June 2016. He is presently the education co-ordinator of the CIArb (Caribbean Branch).
He has served as a member of the CARICOM Competition Commission and a lecturer and tutor in company and commercial law at the UWI Cave Hill Campus. He was awarded the Gold Crown of Merit by the Barbados government in 2012 for his contribution to the legal profession and public service and was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for outstanding public service by the UWI Cave Hill Campus in 2018.
LISA M. SHOMAN SC (Belize)
Her practice includes Constitutional and Administrative Law and Human Rights issues. She served for seven years as Belize’s Ambassador to the United States and as Permanent Representative to the OAS; High Commissioner to Canada and as Belize’s Foreign Minister. Shoman has served as the Lead Opposition Senator in the National Assembly of Belize. She is a member of the Bar Association of Belize and has served as President and on the Disciplinary Committee.
Ms Shoman is also the current Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Administrative Tribunal
J EMILE FERDINAND QC (St Kitts & Nevis, Commonwealth of Dominica)
He has served as: President of the St Kitts-Nevis Bar Association, Vice-President of the St Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce; Chairman of the Caribbean’s Council of Legal Education; Vice-Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the St Kitts-Nevis Bar Association and an Acting Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. He has also served for over a decade as an employers’ representative on the National Tripartite Committee in St Kitts-Nevis.
DANCIA PENN OBE, QC (The British Virgin Islands)
She is a graduate of the Faculties of Arts and Law of The UWI Cave Hill, and The Norman Manley Law School. Mrs Penn has had an extensive career in the private and public sector. As a lawyer, she has practiced in the Courts at all levels and has appeared in The Privy Council. She regularly advises clients from all over the world on a range of legal matters. Mrs Penn was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996.
She has served in the three branches of government, having held office as Attorney General, Deputy Governor, Deputy Premier and a Minister of Government in The Virgin Islands. She has also been an Acting Justice of Appeal of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. In 2018, she was a recipient of The Pelican Award, the highest Peer Award of The Alumnae of the University. She has also been recognized as a Caribbean Luminary by The American Foundation of The University of The West Indies.
Mrs Penn is also a member of The Panel of Arbitrators of The BVI International Arbitration Center and of the BVI Arbitration Center Support Group and is on the Roster of Mediators of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.