Dr. Dexter James, Chief Executive Officer of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has worked in excess of 30 years in the fields of banking and finance and corporate management. In the last 20 years, he has been at the forefront of public sector management and transformation in health (health reform) within the Caribbean, having previously held a number of chief executive positions in the public health systems of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Anguilla.
In October 2009, Dr. James was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and tasked with leading the transformation of the Barbados’ lone 600 bed tertiary care teaching hospital. Prior to this appointment, Dr. James was employed with the CARICOM Community Secretariat (CARICOM) as the Director of Corporate Services. In this capacity he provided advisory support to regional governments and engaged as an expert and technical resource for regional agencies such as PAHO and CAREC and international organizations such as Accreditation Canada.
Academically, Dr. James is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Accountant (CA) of Trinidad and Tobago with an MBA in Health Management from Walden University. He obtained his doctorate from Bangor University (U.K.) in Public Health Organization and Management, with emphasis on public sector organization, management and transformation. In February 2018, in recognition of his leadership capacity and significant contribution to healthcare practice in Barbados, he was appointed as “Professor of Practice” in Public Policy and Healthcare Administration in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.
Dr. James has a special interest in public sector management and reforms, organizational transformation, performance management, strategic management and leadership; and is the recipient of an international award from the Emerald Group Publishing Limited for Outstanding Doctoral Research in the Management and Governance category.