Katherine (Kay) Forbes-Smith, who was appointed President of the Senate following the May 10, 2017 Free National Movement (FNM) landslide General Election win, has resigned from that position to take up the Managing Director post on the Disaster Reconstruction Authority Board.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, made the announcement yesterday – Sunday, December 1 – during a nationally aired press conference.
The prime minister added that Lisa Bostwick-Dean, daughter of Dame Janet and Henry Bostwick, will be sworn-in as Senator this morning – Monday, December 2 — to fill the vacant seat in the Senate.
John-Michael Clarkes will serve as Chairman and Algernon Cargill will serve as Vice Chairman of the Board.
According to the PM, the recently enacted Disaster Reconstruction Authority Act, 2019, established a body corporate, which is The Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority.
“As the Act provides for a Managing Director, I am pleased that Kay Forbes-Smith has agreed to serve in this capacity. Mrs. Forbes-Smith will resign as President of the Senate to take up her new duties.
“I wish to thank Kay for her services as President and I wish her the best in her new role,” noted Dr. Minnis.
He added that following Hurricane Dorian, Forbes-Smith was appointed as NEMA Grand Bahama Coordinator.
“She helped to organize relief efforts to residents of Grand Bahama and coordinated the efforts of multiple ministries and dozens of NGO’s (non-government organizations) operating on the island.
“Kay has a diverse background with significant leadership experience in the private sector. She previously held senior management positions overseeing functions, including human resources and training, business and economic development, public relations and marketing and corporate affairs.”
The PM noted that Forbes-Smith served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama with responsibility for Bahamas Information Service, the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahama and had administrative oversight of the Office of the Prime Minister of Grand Bahama.
“Kay has demonstrated a commitment to public service and because of her background and professional experience, she also appreciates the importance of communicating the work and progress of the Authority to the Bahamian people, various stakeholders and the press.
“I thank her for taking up this very important role following the worst hurricane ever to strike The Bahamas. The Senate will now have to elect a new President.”
The PM noted that because of the vacancy in the Senate, the Governor General His Excellency Cornelius Smith has appointed Lisa Bostwick-Dean as a Senator.
Meanwhile, said Dr. Minnis, the other members of the new Authority will be announced shortly.