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Members

Current Members

Mr. Vaughan Carter - Chairman (2016-present)

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Mr. Carter is a public law specialist with international academic credentials and practical local knowledge. He is a former senior lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law, European Union Law and Immigration Law at the Cayman Islands Law School and has recently been a Visiting Professor at the University of Alabama in the United States. Mr. Carter served as a senior civil servant in the Ministry with responsibility for Education and has been appointed to numerous public bodies randing from the Human Rights Committee and the Gender Equality Tribunal to the National Pensions Board and the Special Economic Zone Authority. He is currently in private practice focusing on public law. He initially became a member of the Commission in 2015.

 

Mrs. Natalie Urquhart - Member (2015-present)

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Mrs. Urquhart is the Director of the National Gallery.  She earned the 2011 Young Caymanian Leadership Award (YCLA) and is current a YCLA Speaker. Mrs. Urquhart has previously served as a Past Council Member/Secretary of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce (2011-2015) and on the National Hero's Day Selection Committee. Mrs. Urquhart has had previous involvement on the Leadership Cayman Planning Committee (2011-2014), Mentorship Cayman (2009 & 2014), and as a Board Member of the Visual Arts Society of the Cayman Islands (2000/2002) and Disaster Relief Volunteer post Hurricane Ivan (2004/2005).

Mr. Olivaire Watler - Member (2016-present)

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Mr. Watler is a Caymanian attorney-at-law who has had keen interest in Cayman Islands constitutional matters for many years commencing with his leading public discussions on the 1999 UK Government White Paper on Partnership for Progress and Prosperity which had set out a number of recommendations on issues such as the constitutional link, citizenship, the environment, financial standards, good governance and human rights in the Overseas Territories.  In addition, he served on the Caymanian Bar Association Constitution Review Committee in 2002 and again in 2009. He has written a number of articles concerning the constitutional review process and co-wrote the articles on the Constitution on behalf of the Caymanian Bar Association as a member of its 2009 Constitution Review Committee.

 

 

Past Members

Pastor Alden A. Ebanks - Chairman (2009-2011)

Alden A. Ebanks, affectionately known as Pastor Al was born on 20 January 1959 in Grand Cayman.  In March 1979, he was united in marriage to E. Kathleen Bodden (Kathy) and together they have four wonderful children, one son-in-law and a grandson. In 1987 he was ordained as a Christian minister and became the full-time pastor of the Agape Family Worship Centre, a position he has held for 23 years.

Over the past 30 years he has served on numerous boards and committees such as the Marine Institute, Health Services Authority, 911 Critical Incident Stress Management Team, National Youth Commission, Children and Youth Foundation, National Gender Policy Group, and Strategic Planning Groups for both Education and Health.  In 2003, he was one of 500 persons recognized as a nation builder on the Quincentennial Wall of Honour.

He has been an outspoken community leader on issues of national importance and was co-chair of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce’s Working Group on Constitutional Modernization in the Cayman Islands. In this role he has addressed the United Nations Committee of 24 both at the UN Headquarters in New York City and also at a regional seminar in Canouan, St. Vincent.

In 2005 he was named Person of the Year by the Cayman Net News, a local newspaper, in appreciation of his service to the community. He was also awarded the Certificate and Badge of Honour by the Cayman Islands Government. Most recently he was Chairman of the Health Services Authority Board and held that position for four years.  In 2009, he was a part of the negotiating team who successfully negotiated a new Constitution for the Cayman Islands and in December 2009, he was appointed as the first Chairman of the Cayman Islands Constitutional Commission under the new Constitution.

In January 2010 he was awarded a Honourary Doctor of Divinity Degree.

Mrs. Julene Banks - Member (2009 - 2012)

Mrs. Banks has a keen sense of justice and seeks to act justly, in love and mercy and walk humbly with her Creator God.  She has a diverse, multi-disciplinary background with a strong foundation of leadership and advocacy skills. Mrs. Banks qualified as an attorney-at-law in 1991 through studies in a joint programme with the University of Liverpool and the Cayman Islands Law School. Her period of articles with the Clerk of Courts allowed her the opportunity to interact with a number of government departments, building her knowledge of the application of local laws relevant to the particular departments.

This gave her a unique insight into the workings of Government and sensitised her to the need for proper governance systems. She served briefly as a Deputy Clerk of the Courts before moving on to become a Crown Counsel practicing in both civil and criminal divisions of the Legal Department. Mrs. Banks participated in an International Development Lawyers Course designed to enable public and private lawyers to facilitate the process of economic and other development in their countries.   Mrs. Banks is now in private practice focusing on estate planning and other family matters, especially advocacy for children and the elderly.

She believes that personal empowerment can bring about the necessary changes to families, societies and nations. As an active church member, she serves as Sunday school instructor and is also involved in the women’s fellowship, mission outreach and other ministries of the John Gray Memorial United Church.

Mrs .Banks is a life member of the National Trust and believes that protecting our environment is a key to the wholeness and health of a country and its people. She sees the new Constitution as being a catalyst to bring about improved structures of good governance and the enhancement of the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Jude Scott - Chairman - (2012)

Mr. Scott is the current Global Chief Executive Officer of Maples and Calder, a post he has held since 1 February, 2011. Previously an audit partner at the Cayman Islands office of Ernst & Young, Scott retired in 2008 after spending over 23 years with firm, specialising in the audits of investment funds, investment companies, banks and insurance companies. Mr. Scott has served on various Cayman Islands Government and private sector boards and committees, including the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants, the Cayman Islands Financial Services Council, Cayman Airways, Cayman National Corporation, the Ministerial Council for Tourism, the Education Council, the Insolvency Rules Committee and the Stock Exchange.   

Miss Sara Collins - Member (2012 - 2014)

Miss Collins is a former partner of Conyers Dill & Pearman in the Cayman Islands. A graduate of the London School of Economics she was admitted as a barrister of England & Wales as well as an attorney at law in the Cayman Islands; though she was not practicing in either jurisdiction during her tenure as a member.

Mr. Wil Pineau - Member (2009 - 2015)

Mr. Pineau is a journalist by profession and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce since 1994. He has served on numerous government and private sector advisory committees and boards.

He served as secretary to the Non-Governmental Organisation Constitutional Working Group and has attended regional United Nations seminars and conferences on self-determination in Anguilla, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and New York City. In 2009 he served as a member of the negotiating team during constitutional talks in the Cayman Islands.

Prior to the Chamber position, he served as editor of The New Caymanian newspaper, associate editor of Newstar magazine and editor of the reference book, Cayman Islands Who’s Who and Business Guide.

 

Mr. David Ritch - Chairman (2013 - 2015)

Mr. Ritch began his career in the public sector where he served for a period of three years as a Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel in the Chambers of the Honourable Attorney General and then Clerk of Courts.  Mr. Ritch then entered the private sector as an associate before establishing the firm Ritch and Conolly Attorneys-at-Law where he currently serves as the Senior Partner.  He is a past president of the Law Society and has served on numerous Government Statutory Boards. In recognition of his services to the Islands he was awarded the honour of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003 by her Majesty the Queen and received the Cayman Islands Quincentennial Lifetime Achievement Award for Law. He is also a Justice of the Peace.