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Senior Officials

John A RolleGovernor
Michael F. LightbourneDeputy Governor
Abhilash D. BhachechInspector of Banks & Trust Companies
Karen V. RolleManager, Bank Supervision Department
Errol L. BodieManager, Information Technology
Tamieka V WatsonManager, Exchange Control
Deborah V. FergusonManager Human Resources
Rochelle A. DeleveauxLegal Counsel & Secretary to The Board
Alwyn JordanManager, Research Department
Keith T. JonesManager, Accounts Department
Ian B. FernanderManager, Administration
Cleopatra B. RolleManager, Internal Audit & Corporate Governance
Derek S. RolleSnr. Manager, Banking Department
John W. FergusonChief Security Officer

John A. Rolle

John A Rolle

Mr. Rolle was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, in January, 2016.

During the three years leading up to this, he served as the Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. There, he spearheaded the implementation of the Government’s fiscal reform initiatives, which included the introduction of valued added tax (VAT), strengthening of tax administration systems and enhancing expenditure control frameworks.

From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Rolle was seconded to the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean Constituency. In this role, he was a principal advisor on economic policy matters, supporting advocacy on behalf of Caribbean countries.

The Governor has returned to the starting point of his career in central banking. From 1990 to 2012, he was employed in various capacities at the Bank, progressing up the ranks of the Research Department.

The Governor has also contributed as an Adjunct Lecturer, in Economics, at the American University (2008) in Washington, DC, and, for many years, as a Part-Time Lecturer in Economics and Statistics at The College of The Bahamas.

Mr. Rolle has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He holds graduate degrees in Economics from the American University in Washington, DC, and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is also an undergraduate of the University of Western Ontario, Canada and The College of The Bahamas.

Mr. Rolle has published scholarly articles in a number of professional journals, and continues to pursue research on monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies.

Michael Lightbourne

Michael Lightbourne

Mr. Lightbourne is a career banker and former central banker, having served as Deputy Manager, Bank Supervision Department, from 1983 to 1991. He began his professional career as an Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager at RoyWest Trust Corporation of The Bahamas (now S G Hambros Bank & Trust) where he was employed from 1977 to 1982.

Prior to his appointment as Central Bank Deputy Governor, Mr. Lightbourne held the position of Manager, Personal Lines Division, at a major insurance company and, prior to that, the post of Account Manager at RBC Royal Bank of Canada, where he managed both private and public sector portfolios.

Mr. Lightbourne is a graduate of St. Augustine’s College, Nassau. After completing his “A” Levels, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounts and Economics at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom and went on to complete his MBA in Financial Management at the City University Business School, London. Mr. Lightbourne also holds certificates in investment analysis and portfolio management from the New York Institute of Finance and in banking from the Federal Reserve System Banking School, Washington. He has participated in numerous local and international seminars and courses in bank supervision, investments, banking, insurance and money laundering.

Mr. Lightbourne is married to the former Virgil H. Munnings and the couple has two children, Scharad and Sasha. He is a member of the Roman Catholic faith community and attends St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Among his personal interests are reading, cooking, traveling and gardening.

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