The Honourable Mr. Earl Jarrett O.J., C.D. J.P, Hon. LL.D
A Chartered Accountant and graduate of The University of the West Indies, Mr. Earl Jarrett is the General Manager of Jamaica National Building Society. He is also the Honorary Secretary of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, and a member of the Executive Board of the Caribbean Association of Housing Finance Institutions (CASHFI). He is a Director of the Gleaner Company’s UK and North American Boards.
Mr. Jarrett is also the North American Regional Director of the FIA; a Director of the FIA Foundation; Director of the Edna Manley College Arts Foundation; Chairman of the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation; Chairman of Mona GeoInformatics Institute; and a Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI). He currently serves as a Member of the National Council of Jamaica, Order of St John; and The University of the West Indies Mona Campus Council.
He has received numerous awards for his contribution to nation building, including the Pelican Award from The University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Luminary Award from the American Foundation of The University of the West Indies and the Hummingbird Award for International Achievement from the American Friends of Jamaica.
In August 2008, he was appointed to the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for service in the financial sector. In November 2010, he was conferred with the Doctor of Laws (LL.D) honoris causa by the University of Technology Jamaica. He was again conferred with the Doctor of Laws (LL.D) honoris causa by The University of the West Indies Mona Campus in November 2011.
Professor Alvin G. Wint CD
Alvin Wint is an Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of the West Indies. He has served the UWI in several capacities including as a Pro Vice Chancellor, Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor and Professor of International Business. He has published over fifty scholarly publications, including five books, and has been the recipient of numerous research, teaching, publication and academic awards, including the UWI Vice Chancellor’s Award for All-Round Excellence. He has also served as a tenured Associate Professor of International Business at Northeastern University in Boston, USA. He holds a Doctorate in International Business from Harvard University and has provided advisory or oversight services to numerous public, private and educational institutions in Jamaica and the Caribbean; to the governments of several countries; and to multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank. He chairs the board of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, is the chairman of Jamaica’s Electricity Generation Procurement Entity and is the Lead Independent Director of the NCB Financial Group. He is a recipient of the Jamaican Order of Distinction (Commander Class) and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Northern Caribbean University.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Karl Harrison CD
Justice Karl Harrison is a retired judge of the Court of Appeal, who has been awarded a National Honour, Commander of the Order of Distinction. Throughout his legal career, he has served in several positions, including Judge of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, Senior Resident Magistrate, Assistant Attorney General and Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Department. He has also served as Acting Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, on several occasions.
Justice Harrison is a Commissioner of the Financial Services and Corruption Prevention Commissions and chairs the Criminal Records Board. He is also a member of the Firearms Review Board. He is an associate tutor at the Norman Manley Law School and has published several legal practitioners’ books.
Justice Harrison was appointed to the ECJ in March 2014.
Senator Hon. Thomas Tavares-Finson C.D., Q.C., J.P.
Nominated Commissioner (JLP)
Senator the Honourable Thomas Tavares-Finson is an Attorney at Law by profession who practices primarily as a criminal trial advocate. He is the President of the Senate, having been elected in March 2016. A member of the Jamaica Labour Party since 1978 he sits on the parties Central Executive and Standing Committee and chairs the parties Electoral Committee.
Senator Tavares-Finson was a nominated member of the Electoral Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2006. He has been a nominated member of the Electoral Commission since 2006. He is a Justice of the Peace and Notary Public, a member of the Bar Association and Advocates Association of Jamaica.
Educated at Jamaica College, he completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He received an M.A. from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He was called to the Bar of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, London and called to the Jamaican Bar on 1982.
The Honourable Justice Zaila McCalla, OJ
The Hon. Chief Justice (retired) Zaila McCalla, prior to her retirement in 2018, served in the Justice system as Clerk of Courts, Crown Counsel, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions and Resident Magistrate (now renamed Parish Court Judge). She has also served as Master-in Chambers at the Supreme Court and in 1997 she was appointed as a Puisne Judge. She later held the position of Judge of Appeal until 2007 when she was appointed as Chief Justice of Jamaica and conferred with the Order of Jamaica.
During her tenure as Chief Justice, Justice McCalla was chairman of the Judicial Service Commission, and chaired / co-chaired a number of Committees including the Supreme Court Rules Committee, the Queen’s Counsel Committee, the Advisory Board of the Justice Training Institute, the consultative committee of Bench and Bar, among others. She is a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
In 2010 the Hon. Chief Justice (retired) served as Chair of the Conference of Caribbean Chief Justices and Heads of Judiciary.
Justice McCalla, in collaboration with local and international development partners and various stakeholders in the justice system, has spearheaded a number of initiatives to reform the Jamaican Justice system. She has led judicial education and training for judges, the implementation of criminal case management in the Courts of Jamaica, and the establishment of the Judicial Education Institute in 2017. She was involved in the preparation and publication of several manuals and guidelines for guidance of judges and court staff and has participated in and presented at numerous judicial conferences and workshops, locally and internationally. During her tenure as Chief Justice, the Drug Treatment Courts in Jamaica were extended and she has participated in the training of Drug Treatment Court professionals in Jamaica and overseas.
Justice McCalla has received Citations, Awards and Certificates of Appreciation from various organizations in Jamaica and overseas. She is Co-Patron of the Association of the Women Judges Association of Jamaica and a member of the International Association of Women Judges and also Patron of the MistyBlue Cancer Care Foundation in Westmoreland.
Justice McCalla currently serves as a member of the Privy Council and sits on the Judicial Service Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is an Honourary member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London. She is also Chancellor for the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and is the Provincial Chancellor for the Province of the West Indies.
In 2016 she was conferred with the honourary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Technology.
Justice McCalla was appointed Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica in January 2020.
Senator Wensworth Skeffery
Nominated Commissioner (PNP)
Senator Wensworth Kirk Patrick Skeffery
Senator Wensworth Skeffery has been a Nominated Commissioner since January 1, 2018.
He was appointed a Government Senator in January 2012 and reappointed as an Opposition Senator in March 2016. He is currently a Deputy General Secretary of the Peoples’ National Party (PNP) and former Region Five Chairman for the party.
Senator Skeffery has served as a Director on numerous public bodies, such as National Water Commission ((NWC), Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS) and the National Irrigation Commission (NIC).
In the field of education, he has served as the Special Assistant to the then Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Planning from 2000 to 2002 and was the Coordinator for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programme in the Ministry of Education from 2014 to 2016. He is also Past Chairman of the Woodlands Primary and BB Coke High Schools. A teacher by profession, his classroom experience has taken him through several high schools in the parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth, having taught Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.
Senator Skeffery holds a Diploma in Education from The Mico Teachers College, a Bachelor of Science Degree with honours in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Arts in Teaching with distinction from The Mico University College. He is also a past student of the Edwin Allen High School.
He is married with a daughter.
Dr. Aundre Franklin
Nominated Commissioner (JLP)
Aundre Franklin is the Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party (2012 – present). He has held numerous offices and committee chairmanships within the Party. He has served as the Party’s General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, Youth Arm’s President and Youth Arm’s Deputy General Secretary. He has been a member of the Party’s Standing Committee and its Central Executive for 22 years.
He has previously served as a Government Senator (2007-2011); Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Environment (2007- 2010) focusing on environmental issues. He has led many successful Jamaican Government delegations regionally and internationally (2007-2010) focusing on health and the environment.
Dr. Franklin has a Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed.), Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (B.Sc., Hons.) from the University of the West Indies (UWI), a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from the Mico University College, and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.), with concentration on Organizational Leadership, from the Nova Southeastern University.
Mr. Glasspole Brown
Director of Elections
Glasspole Brown joined the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) in 2009 in the capacity of Assistant Director of Elections – Administration, with overall responsibility for multiple general administrative functions of the organization. He was appointed to the position of Director of Elections in July, 2018.
Mr. Brown, a veteran public servant, has spent close to twenty-nine (29) years working in Administration within the public sector. Prior to joining the ECJ, he spent eighteen (18) years with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Group, the last five of which he served as General Manager of the Petroleum Company of Jamaica.
His regional and international experience includes representing the ECJ at overseas conferences and Election Observation Missions to Costa Rica and Suriname.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Barry University in Florida and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies. He also earned a Diploma in Energy Planning and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Brown hails from the parish of Clarendon and is a proud past student of the Glenmuir High School. He is a committed Rotarian who continues to play an active role in community service.
Julian J. Robinson
Nominated Commissioner (PNP)
Julian J. Robinson was appointed to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica as a nominated commissioner effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Robinson is Member of Parliament for the Constituency of St. Andrew South Eastern (2012-present). He is Opposition Spokesman on Science and Technology and currently serves as General Secretary of the People’s National Party. From 2012-2016, he served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.
Before entering representational politics, Mr Robinson began his career as a Management and e-Business Consultant in London, where he worked for international firms IBM and Scient Corporation. In 2001, he was recruited by Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion agency, JAMPRO, to manage the Corporation’s investment promotions portfolio, his main responsibilities included the design and execution of strategies to market Jamaica as an offshore location for ICT investments.
A graduate of the Hope Valley Experimental Primary School and Campion College, Mr. Robinson earned his BSc in Management and Economics from the University of the West Indies, Mona. He also holds a MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the USA.
Julian is married and has a two year old son. He is a cricket and track and field fan and runs and rides a bicycle for fitness and fun.