Good leadership is essential to the creation of a a good organisational culture and influencing change. Members of the Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality management are shown below.
Dion Alexander Foulkes was born in Nassau, The Bahamas on 9 October, 1956. He is the second child of H. E. Sir Arthur Foulkes and the late Naomi Foulkes, nee Higgs. He was educated at St Thomas More Primary School and R.M. Bailey High School, Nassau and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University where he studied accounting and political science.
He was employed at City Bank, Nassau, where he was Euro Dollar Department Supervisor and also worked in the hotel industry before reading law. He was called to The Bahamas Bar in 1990. Mr. Foulkes was elected to the House of Assembly in 1992 and in 1997 representing the Constituency of Blue Hills. He has served as Chairman of the Hotel Licensing Board and also as Minister of State for Education, Minister of Labour and Maritime Affairs, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports and Minister of Labour and Social Development. During a previous term in the Senate he was Leader of Government Business. He was appointed to the Senate in May 2017 and was made Minister of Labour.
Mr. Foulkes was an organizer and shop steward with the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union. He is a founding member of the Torchbearers Association of the Free National Movement. In the FNM he held the posts of Assistant Secretary General, Secretary General, Chairman and Deputy Leader. Mr. Foulkes is married to the former Emma Jane Thompson of Crown Haven, Abaco. They have five children and five grandchildren. His religion is Roman Catholic and his interests include stamp collecting, photography, and bird-watching.
Mr. Aaron Brice, Owner of Epic Battery & Tire Limited, a member of The Bahamas China Friendship Association and current board member of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, currently serves as the Chairman of The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality Board (BBSQ).
BBSQ’s board is comprised of a group of professionals who have a wealth of experience and, headed by Chairman Brice, are striving to significantly improve best practices and advance national development through the promotion and facilitation of quality services in The Bahamas.
This involves BBSQ’s teams developing standards to improve quality and visiting businesses like food stores, ports, pharmacies and gas stations to ensure compliance with standards, to protect consumers and the environment.
The BBSQ is governed by a nine member Standards Council appointed by the Minister and headed by the Chairman and Executive Director (Ex Officio) with responsibility for Standards matters. The Chairperson of the council reports to the Minister. This council is delegated to provide a satisfactory level of oversight and also govern the policy direction of the BBSQ. Its membership is representative of stakeholders from key economic sectors.Click to view council
At the BBSQ, Dr. Bufford is supported by a 14 member technical and administrative staff complement. During her tenure, three vital standards were enacted with regard to providing national standards for bottled water, food manufacturing and processing in The Bahamas. In addition to assisting with advising the government on critical pieces legislation and also the administration of policy on Quality and Standards in The Bahamas, her role is to represent the BBSQ at general assemblies, workshops and conferences locally, regionally and internationally, particularly through partnerships with The Bahamas Manufacturers Association; The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Federation; CARICOM’s Regional Organisation of Standards and Quality (CROSQ) Council Meetings; the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT); the Caribbean Network of Conformity Assessment Bodies (CANCAB); and the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM).
Prior to Dr. Bufford’s appointment as the Director of the BBSQ, she worked as a Research Scientist, holding professorships at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Buford has an extensive track record in academia in the applied sciences throughout The United States of America and in The Bahamas.
Dr. Ferguson-Bufford received a Doctor of Philosophy designation in Science and Education at Georgia State University in 2004, she also holds dual Master’s of Science Degrees in Science Education and Biological Research, 1995 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry, 1991 from Clark Atlanta University.