• Demand for Change

    The primary focus of the QEH is on maintaining standards of excellence in the patient care with due consideration being given to continuing education and training of staff, and to the education of the public.

    In recognition of the need for the hospital to reorient its structure, and its management and institutional culture to adequately respond to the various challenges to health care delivery, in 1998 the Government appointed an Advisory Committee of Inquiry into the affairs of the QEH. The Commission’s remit was to review all aspects of the arrangement, function and operations of the QEH and to prepare a charter for the effective demonstration and development of the QEH over a 10-year period.

  • Establishment of the QEH Board of Management

    One of the key recommendations of the Advisory Commission of Inquiry was removing the current system of “remote control” over management and administration, and replacing that system with a new governance arrangement that rendered the hospital more autonomous and accountable in its daily remit. The Government of Barbados consequently accepted the Commission’s recommendation that the hospital should be transitioned from a department of Government to governance under a Statutory Board.

    In October 2002, the Cabinet of Barbados approved the proclamation of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Act 2001-14, and the constitution of an autonomous Statutory Board to manage the affairs of the hospital. The major functions of the Board are centered on developing policies for prudent and efficient management of the hospital, and setting standards for best practice in the delivery of health care.

  • Members of the Board

    Mr. Joseph King Chairman

    Mr. Adrian SincklerDeputy Chairman

    Keith McD. Mahon, Member

    Mr. Andrew Watson, Member

    Mr. Keith Robertson, Member

    Mr. Richard C. I. Kennedy, Member

    Mr. Reginal Arthur Lewis, Member

    Ms. Shelly Weir , Member

    Mr. Kenneth Walters,Member

    Ms. Marvo Holder, Member

  • About the Executive Directors

    The Chief Executive Officer heads the Executive Directors and is responsible to the Board for the overall management of the hospital.

    The Executive Directors cover six divisions of hospital administration, plus the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences:-

    Medical Services – Mr. Anthony Harris
    Nursing Services – Mrs Bernadette Harris
    Financial Services – Mrs Andrea Belle
    Human Resources – Carolene Hall
    Support Services – Ms Louise Bobb
    Engineering Services – Mrs Paula Agbowu

    The directors coordinate the day to day activities of the hospital and communicate Board objectives whilst collecting information from staff and the public to advise the Board. They also facilitate teamwork and monitor performance.

  • Previous Hospital Directors

    Hospital Directors

    Mr J. Pliscoff
    Mr Alan Inniss
    Mr James Williams
    Mr Neville Millington
    Mr Tennyson Springer
    Mr Andrew Watson (Ag)

    Chief Executive Officers

    Mr Tennyson Springer
    Mr Winston Collymore
    Ms Cyralene Bryce
    Ms Maria Boyce (Ag)

The Board of Management of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is appointed by the Government of Barbados to set policy and direct the operations of the institution to provide the best possible tertiary healthcare for the people of Barbados.

The membership of the Board reflects the ideals of wider participation in the governance of the Hospital. To that end, the selection of members of the Board is representative of a cross-section of society possessing the expertise, business acumen, professionalism, experience and community links that would contribute to the overall success of the institution.

History of the Board – the Push for Change

In 1998, the Government appointed an Advisory Committee of Inquiry into the affairs of the QEH in recognition of the need for the hospital to review its structure and to adequately respond to the various aspects of health care delivery. The Commission’s remit was to review all aspects of the arrangement, function and operations of the QEH and to prepare a charter for the effective demonstration and development of the QEH over a 10-year period.

One of the key recommendations of the Advisory Commission of Inquiry was removing then system of direct control by the Ministry of Health over the management and administration, and replacing that system with a new governance arrangement that rendered the hospital more autonomous and accountable in its daily remit.

The Government of Barbados consequently accepted the Commission’s recommendation that the hospital should be transitioned from a department of Government to an autonomous Statutory Board.

In October 2002, approval was given for the proclamation of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Act 2001-14, and the constitution of an autonomous Statutory Board to manage the affairs of the hospital.