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Sharon P. Flax-Brutus ‘immediately’ out as Tourism Director

- following decision by Board of Directors to not wait until November for resignation to take effect
Mrs Sharon P. Flax-Brutus is no longer the Director of Tourism as the Board of Directors of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) decided today, May 20, 2020, to make her resignation effective immediately. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Tourist Board announced today, May 20, 2020, that today was Sharon P. Flax-Brutus’ last day on the job as Director of Tourism. Photo: BVITB
The BVI Tourist Board announced today, May 20, 2020, that today was Sharon P. Flax-Brutus’ last day on the job as Director of Tourism. Photo: BVITB
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mrs Sharon P. Flax-Brutus is no longer the Director of Tourism as the Board of Directors of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) has made a decision to make her resignation effective immediately.

Mrs Flax-Brutus had announced via press release on May 15, 2020, that she was tendering her resignation to take effect in November 2020 and had promised to work with the Board over the next 6 months “to ensure a smooth transition as we work together to re-open the BVI following COVID-19.”

In a twist; however, the BVI Tourist Board announced moments ago, May 20, 2020, that today was Flax-Brutus’ last day on the job.

“The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) wishes to advise the public that as of 3:00 pm today, May 20, 2020, Mrs Sharon Flax-Brutus is no longer the Territory’s Director of Tourism.”

Resignation effective immediately!

According to the press release, Mrs Flax-Brutus submitted her resignation to the Board on Friday, May 15, 2020, and it was accepted by the Board of Directors, who also thanked her for her service to the BVITB.

“The Board of Directors made a decision today; however, that her resignation should take place immediately. The organisation’s hierarchy will take effect to ensure continuity in operations.”

Police assist in retrieving computer & cellphone

There are also reports that the computer and cellphone loaned to Mrs Flax-Brutus by the BVITB were retrieved, with assistance from the police.

"Sending the police to retrieve my phone and computer? Is this what the BVI has resorted to? I recognize you guys want to bring me to my knees but this is beyond the pale," a WhatsApp message allegedly sent by Mrs Flax-Brutus to someone read. 

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) reached out to Mrs Flax-Brutus to confirm whether the WhatsApp message was indeed hers; however, she did not immediately offer a reply.

Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews has since stated; however, that his officers were not involved. 

"The police have played no role in recovering anything and nor would we, it is not a policing matter," Mr Matthews told Virgin Islands News Online, adding; however, that "We had a call from the Tourist Board but officers did not escort her out or retrieve any property," Mr Matthews stated.

69 Responses to “Sharon P. Flax-Brutus ‘immediately’ out as Tourism Director”

  • Manabouttown (20/05/2020, 18:43) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    Was this necessary to summoned the police to get involved. However the officers will be present to ensure that there are no breaches of Her Queen's peace. I smell a rat.
  • Daughter of the soil (20/05/2020, 18:58) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    Oh well, she is local...she will be just fine.
    • Yup (20/05/2020, 19:17) Like (10) Dislike (26) Reply

      I’m glad no i***** p***** could apply for the position

      • Really (21/05/2020, 09:23) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        that means nobody can apply for the job that was born in the BVI as its an island, but then again you can't argue with stupid
      • my God (26/05/2020, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        IF YOU BORN HERE YOU'RE NOT FROM HERE. YOU BORN DOWN ISLAND YOU'RE NOT FROM HERE. SO NOW TELL ME WHAT THE F......YOU'RE FROM. MY JOB PAYING ME 0000000 PER MONTH AND I AM GIVING IT UP ON LEAVE THIS PLACE SO MY MIND CAN BE MORE RELAXED THANK YOU GOOD BYE.
  • YBM (20/05/2020, 19:06) Like (42) Dislike (7) Reply
    They aint had to do the woman like that, shame on whoever made that call to have that done. Mrs. Flax-Brutus is good people.
    • Gran Puba (20/05/2020, 19:33) Like (64) Dislike (8) Reply
      It be your own who do you dirty. Every day Ayo on talking about Island this and expat that!
    • VG (20/05/2020, 22:17) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      Let Tourist board keep going on with their PISS! Sharon girl COME HOME!!!
      • @VG (21/05/2020, 07:05) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
        So VG isn’t a part of the BVI? It is called the BVI Tourist Board.

        Regardless the handling of this whole situation is disgraceful for our Territory.
  • DON Q (20/05/2020, 19:16) Like (26) Dislike (76) Reply
    Ok time to move on I still with vip all the way
    • bce (21/05/2020, 10:08) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Was it VIP that asked Sharon Flax to resign right away? I read the board...Let's get this matter straight.
  • respect (20/05/2020, 19:34) Like (44) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is so uncalled for and very sad. Show respect mon
  • NezRez (20/05/2020, 19:52) Like (52) Dislike (7) Reply
    It's a down right disgrace to treat her that way. She has been with Tourist board for so many years, even before her promotion, and this is how you treat her with so much disrespect? There is something wrong in Mudville folks. They couldn't allow her to retire in peace to have her portfolio look good for her next job? Vengeful, very vengeful. WOW!
    • @NezRez (20/05/2020, 20:09) Like (33) Dislike (5) Reply
      She was not fired. The board just decided to end it today. This would be a normal practice.

      however, to have the police involved is very distasteful and not normal.
      • @NezRez (20/05/2020, 21:50) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        Cut the bull. We weren’t born yesterday
      • @ @ NezRez (20/05/2020, 21:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        My comment was for you. This is a firing so don’t try to sugarcoat it.
        • Really? (21/05/2020, 09:16) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
          How do you fire someone after they tender their resignation? Thy just wanted to embarrass her. I hope they do not have any regrets because I know it is not over.
  • Manabouttown (20/05/2020, 19:55) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    There are two sides of the story, please don't pass judgement on anyone until you receive the facts and apply the law to the facts.
    All I will say something did happened for the police to be summoned at the office. It's not the way to make your exit from your job the you shown so much developments under your leadership. We thank you for your service and wish you well in your endeavors. God blessings.
    • Fakes (20/05/2020, 22:27) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      She was not around when police came. Andrew this is wrong.
    • @Manaboutown (21/05/2020, 07:03) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      There are two sides to every story but remember one side may be facts and the other plain out lies.

      Now we the public as One BVI they so claim want to know the facts.
  • Concerned (20/05/2020, 19:58) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Very unfortunate
  • ok (20/05/2020, 20:14) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    district nine is buzzing
  • SMH (20/05/2020, 20:15) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    The manner in which this was done is very humiliating and distasteful. Was police escort really necessary?
  • We in trouble (20/05/2020, 20:32) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    I told u all that BVIslanders dont even like their own, how do you espect them to like xpats.. Only whites they seem to like and respect... So, So sad...She did a good Job in my view.. Maybe her strong personality was intemidating...
    • At what costs. (21/05/2020, 07:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those who feel it knows it. There is always 3 sides to a story. There was a lot of injustice on her end. Ask the staff what was really going on. I’m a strong believe of karma. if you treat ppl right they will treat u right.
  • Outsider (20/05/2020, 20:33) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    @SMH,what ever the problem hope that the BVI known that the whole world is reading this. And at a very critical time in our crushing tourism era. DOES NOT LOOK,FEEL OR SOUND GOOD!!
    • US, tourist (21/05/2020, 09:36) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      The whole world is watching. This is not a good look for the tourist industry. Seems like someone within the board is responsible.
  • & (20/05/2020, 20:39) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    woieeeeeeeee teck that...........
  • NEW NORMAL (20/05/2020, 20:46) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    It seems` this is the new normal...BVI is headed down a dark and slippery road.
  • Hmmm (20/05/2020, 20:49) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Government and their crony board will destroy this country.. you watch. Sharon is good people!
  • Anonymous (20/05/2020, 20:51) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    I hate this but we still not voting for funny man
  • something (20/05/2020, 21:08) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hmmm something is not right. While it is the norm to have all documents, computer and other gadgets that is the property of the establishment secured for the company or business. usually some one higher in authorities always see to it that one leaves the establishment with their possessions only. There is no one higher than her in that position except the ministry which is responsible for tourism. Certainly they will make sure this exit goes smoothly.
    I dont think it's where they are trying to embarrass her but they played their cards safe since the previous news sight stated she was resigning in November. However it appears the board forced her to go before. I feel there is something we are not aware of. 1 may be the contact she signed stated 6 months notice is required prior to resignation but the board decided they will not wait for 6 months to get a new director hummm
    • True (21/05/2020, 09:28) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      no one unless they get paid every 6 months is entilted to give 6 months notice and expect to be kept on at a job that has nothing happening in it for the next 4 months at least. She will be paid her months notice instead of having to work a month, some of us would love that.
  • True (20/05/2020, 21:31) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    i gave 3 months notice and was fired 4 days later lol, it happens you just walk away, no need to make a fuss so Police are required
  • Like they say (20/05/2020, 22:16) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    Whatever went down, they did her dirty. They are KIKIING about it but, those involved, it is only a matter of time before their S**t hits the fan.
  • disappointed (20/05/2020, 22:18) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply

    This is sad she was NEVER in contact with the police k****** you cannot walk in her shoes. Sharon will be fine. Trying to humiliate a LOCAL that has served this territory well and brought tourism from the dumps brought tourism from The hurricanes. Andrew I am ashamed of you to allow this.

  • Waiting and Watching (20/05/2020, 22:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope that position isnt reserved for a kline???
  • lol (20/05/2020, 22:31) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am patiently waiting to hear queen shereen new song
  • VG (20/05/2020, 22:33) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply
    The VIP kicked her to the curb like a dog
  • facts (20/05/2020, 22:44) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply

    What i can tell you is that these BOARDS that is running these statutory bodies are going to bring down this same government. You have people like K*D who only know how to lie and bullshxx her way around sitting on board making decisions. And trying to get this same position at TB. This same K*D was so close to MW but find a way of fooling NW JS who couldn't win his seat but to please him for loosing he is chairman of board. Lol. Reading this comment might sound confusing but some great minds would know what this is all about. The statutory bodies with incompetent and mischievous people is what is going to damage this government. Not so much the ministers but the ministers representatives. I want the at large candidates that we voted for to take a stand against all the wrongs that is taking place. Without them the party would be shaky.

    • Members of a Few Boards (21/05/2020, 06:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      BVITB Members for a period of three (3) years with effect from 1st August 2019 to 31st July 2022

      Kenisha Sprauve - Chair
      Gloria Fahie
      Arleen Parsons
      Keshia Davis-Barnes
      Julia Dawson-Marshall
      Dereck E. Marshall
      Sasha Shimora Hodge
      Kelvin Christopher,
      Leroy Moses
      John Samuel (HLSCC Chair)
      Bevis Sylvester (BVI Airport Authority Chair)
      Nathaniel Isaac (BVI Port Authority Chair)
      Director of Tourism, Permanent Secretary/Premier's Office
      and the Financial Secretary are ex-Officio Members.

      https://bvi.gov.vg/sites/default/files/105_-_cabinet_decisions_-_meetings_of_26th_and_30th_july_2019.pdf

      • @ Members of THE BOARD (21/05/2020, 07:31) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        Thats a lot of people on that board. No wonder they are so many personality crashes and confusion.....I can easily see 5 useless people that need replacing...
      • I don't understand (21/05/2020, 08:23) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
        I just don't understand how you can have a Board for a specialty area like Tourism which is our main economic driver and you have no representation from the Tourism Industry. Shouldn't the board be made up of persons in the Industry? All members don't have to be but there should be a good cross section. Is there no criteria to get on some of these boards?
    • @facts (21/05/2020, 07:40) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      That K*D is indeed a serial liar and a manipulator. Like they say once you start of lying, you better know how to continue lying. That K*D and company is going to cause some serious damage to this Government for sure. Just sit back and watch people. When you set a trap for someone, someone else is setting and baiting yours. Be careful K*D you are next.
  • VINO (20/05/2020, 23:09) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I notice Vino don't have any inside source to tell them of anything that is taking place before it make news.
  • When will it end (20/05/2020, 23:47) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    A clear show of amateurs in action once again. Just because you wear a suit it doesn't make you professional . Over and over again. And watch the recycling of incompetent friends once again
    • Yes (21/05/2020, 08:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh how the BVI loves to recycle their family and friends for positions and doesn't give the properly qualified and experience individuals an opportunity. That will be our downfall. its 2020 no ones cares if your a Penn, Lettsome, Oneal, Fahie, Scatliffe, Vanterpool.
  • Diaspora (21/05/2020, 01:51) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is something rotten in the state of Denmark? Interest peeking, there has to be more in the mortar other than the pestle. Is it that the BVITB lost confidence in Ms. Flax-Brutus’ ability to effectively lead the TB and it was in the best interest of the territory for her to hit the bricks sooner than later? Or was Ms. Flax-Brutus was on borrowed time and the TB was looking for a reason, any reason, to kick her to curb? Was her urgent dismissal politically driven? Did the TB act in good faith and in a professional manner? Did Ms.Flax-Brutus’ performance and behaviour warrant her being apparently unceremoniously shown the door? Was her urgent departure a bilateral and amicable decision?

    Further, was there some critical, urgent and important issue that required the action of a permanent TB chairperson be on board as soon as possible? And if no, didn’t Ms. Flax-Brutus’ proposed resignation in November provide the TB with the lead time to recruit and bring on board her replacement, providing the opportunity for a face-to-face hand off?

    Moreover, is this action emblematic of TB culture? Under which ministry does the BVITB fall? Is the minister going to provide the territory with an update on the sudden departure of Ms. Flax-Brutus or it is just another day in paradise? Is the Boards and Committees systems dysfunctional and in turmoil? Is politics ruining the day-to-day operations and the effectiveness of the organizations? Who is next out the door?

  • Ask her (21/05/2020, 02:05) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ask her how she had do HW ? What goes around will come back around!
  • Mark (21/05/2020, 05:53) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    By the looks of things something happened and the board was not putting up with it, we just have to wait for the real truth as to what transpired. To have police involved goe to should there were some there were some disagreement.
  • Lord 0 (21/05/2020, 07:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Would like to hear from the Board Chair as to the process, the voting, How many yes, stay until November .. How many no, leave now..
  • Lily Ann (21/05/2020, 07:51) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sharon was always a strong woman. And it has to be jealousy who pushed her out, which forced her to self resigned, and now, the Board used this opportunity to publicly humiliate her and throw her to the curb like a dog !!!! Sharon brought the Tourism industry from struggling to Everything it is today!! Lobster Fest and the world recognized BVI Food Fete!!!! Yall on the board should be ashamed of yourselves..... Your days are coming!!!!
    • @Lily Ann (21/05/2020, 10:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Jealousy is exactly what it is. No, they can’t humiliate a strong woman like Ms. Flax if they wanted to, none of them can step in her shoes. And yeah for sure their days are right around the corner. Jealousy is a terrible thing.
  • Can't (21/05/2020, 07:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    No worries you can't keep a good woman down. Try all you can this one thing I know the strong swims up stream against the tide. She knows how and when to swim. YOU CANT GET RID OF HER SO EASY because she will be in another position in a wink and you will still have to deal with her but she is a professional she put the pass behind her back and move forward.
  • jack (21/05/2020, 08:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope now they leave her alone
  • VG Resident (21/05/2020, 08:59) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    It is now the norm that all Boards are formulated without the membership of a Virgin Gordian so she has not one person to stand up in her defense. Tortolians have always excluded Virgin Gordians over the years, but let it be known that we stand firm in our resolve to be strong, outstanding and purposeful in our dealings. Sharon we are behind you, you come from good stock and don't ever allow Tortolians to intimidate you! FLAX-O'NEAL breed, we got your back!
  • Political (21/05/2020, 09:30) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ VG Resident) nothing personal but the chief minister/premier hailed from district nine and actually represented district #9 for many many years: so why U hating of Road Town....
    • @Political (21/05/2020, 10:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      And three VG Directors.. It is true that this current board is lacking VG/Anegada member which is unusual.
  • Tourists (21/05/2020, 09:36) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why do we need a Tourist Board? There are no tourists anymore. Just cancel all the TB appointments and compensation until after the next election.
  • (21/05/2020, 09:48) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    These BVILanders don’t even like their own, I’m not surprised with this... I just want a bottle of wine to sit back and watch them fight amongst each other.... let me see who from here now.. with ayo from here nonsense... none of you ain’t from here
  • Not from VG (21/05/2020, 09:48) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    But I got her back. What they did to her was a unjust. Maybe they got rid of her because she was the best looking and classy one. The rest of them is FUGLY inside and out. Hey, bush tea and caviar don’t mix. Mrs. Flax, you are going to be ok. Karma is going to get them real soon.
  • nonsense (21/05/2020, 14:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    You could tell some of you have no idea what goes on in the working world.

    Am employee resigns, the business moves on. This is nothing wrong or illegal. Let the Board turn it’s new leaf and move on. Why keep someone for 6 months that resigned. Also why hold on to property of your employer that is not yours?

    She wanted to go and they let her. Employers do it all the time. Next.
    • @nonsense (21/05/2020, 20:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Nonsense, stop the nonsense. Ms. Sharon Flax-Brutus submitted her decision to resign to resign as TB Director effective November 2020. She was still an employee of the BVITB. The VI is a relative right to work locale; an employee can fire an employee when it so desires when it wants as long as it is consistent policies and an employee can quit when he/he wants provided it is consistent with contractual obligations. The BVITB decided to part ways with Ms. Flax-Brutus and the separation seemed to be adversarial. Time will tell how the ball bounces. Stay tuned! #VG Strong.
  • LCS (21/05/2020, 14:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agree. And save to use their budget for other pressing and needed things for the Territory. It's a lot of millions!


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