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Glenroy A. Forbes In! Ian S. Smith Out! as SSB chairman

- Cabinet approves appointment for 3 years effective October 1, 2021
One month after Ian S. Smith's, right, contract came to an end, former Financial Secretary Glenroy A. Forbes, left, has been named Chairman of the Virgin Islands Social Security Board (SSB). Photo: GIS/SSB/File
The appointment of a new Chairman of the Social Security Board of Directors is for 3 years, in the first instance, effective October 1, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
The appointment of a new Chairman of the Social Security Board of Directors is for 3 years, in the first instance, effective October 1, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One month after Ian S. Smith's appointment came to an end, former Financial Secretary Glenroy A. Forbes has been named Chairman of the Virgin Islands Social Security Board (SSB).

This was disclosed on October 7, 2021, when the Government of the Virgin Islands released some decisions made at the September 29, 2021, Sitting of Cabinet.

According to the statement on Cabinet decisions, a vacancy notice was published for the position of Chairman of the Social Security Board and the process of reviewing the expression of interest received in response to the vacancy notice was done.

It said the interview panel convened to consider applications for a new Chairman of the Social Security Board and, following the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Glenroy A. Forbes was appointed Chairman of the Social Security Board in accordance with the Schedule of the Social Security Ordinance, Section 4(1).

Cabinet then approved the formal appointment of Mr Forbes as a member representing employers and to be the new Chairman of the Social Security Board of Directors, effective October 1, 2021, for a period of three years in the first instance, in accordance with the Schedule of the Social Security Ordinance, Section 4(2); and “noted that all administrative costs related to the appointment of the Chairman will be met by the BVI Social Security Board."

Public Service life

Mr Forbes, in 2017, was appointed Financial Secretary under then Premier and Minister of Finance Dr D. Orlando Smith.

He was the Chief Financial/Fiscal Advisor to the Minister of Finance.

Forbes also served as Financial Secretary from 1991 to 1998 and again from 2002 to 2005. Prior to those appointments, he held the post of Deputy Financial Secretary, from 1986 to 1991.

Mr Forbes served in the United States Virgin Islands Department of Labour as a Senior Research Analyst from 1984 to 1986, before joining the Ministry of Finance.

He exited the Public Service in 2001 and worked as an Associate Lawyer for Harney Westwood and Riegels. From 2005 to present, Mr Forbes co-founded and served as a senior partner for Forbes Hare Law Chambers. 

Qualifications

Mr Forbes attained a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Wales in 2000. He holds a postgraduate diploma in professional legal studies and is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. 

He was appointed a Member of the Bar of England and Wales and a member of the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court BVI Circuit in 2001.

Mr Forbes holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the School of Graduate Studies, Morgan State University with courses in money, banking and public finance.

Ian S. Smith did not seek re-appointment

Meanwhile, Ian S. Smith’s tenure as Chairman ended on Monday, September 6, 2021, after two consecutive three (3) year terms and the expiration of his appointment. 

Mr Smith, who did not seek a re-appointment, was also the Chairman of the Virgin Island Social Security Board’s Investment Committee from October 2015 to September 2021.

20 Responses to “Glenroy A. Forbes In! Ian S. Smith Out! as SSB chairman”

  • Here’s my take (08/10/2021, 12:02) Like (27) Dislike (10) Reply
    Why is the same old backward tough roosters and chickens keep getting recycled for these posts. We need forward thinking in with the times people to fill these posts. Now I am really beginning to understand why most of the BVISLANDERS refuse to come back home.
    • TORTOLIAN (08/10/2021, 13:54) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
      IF YOU WERE ASKED WOULD YOU HAVE TALKED IT? THE ANSWER IS A BIG NO.STOP COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERY LITTLE THING . LAZY PEOPLE ALWAYS COMPLAINING.
      • @Tortolian (08/10/2021, 15:17) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
        PLEASE STOP TRYING TO ACT STUPID AND CONDONE STUPIDITY. THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG CREATIVE, FORWARD THINKING MINDS THAT IS OVERLOOKED FOR DIFFERENT POSITIONS WHEN THEY APPLY FOR POSITIONS. SO STOP THE BS WITH YOUR COMMENT. YES, I WOULD AGREE, THE SAME OLD YARD ROOSTERS AND HENS IS ALWAYS RECYCLED.
      • Mine ur business (08/10/2021, 16:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        OK...TORTOLIAN!!
        • lmao (08/10/2021, 23:05) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
          @Mine ur business, LMAO, wow what poor grammar. The proper way is Mind your business. I suggest you go to the local Community College and take a beginners course in proper grammar. LMAO Mine ur. What is your job description? Dish washer?
    • Well (08/10/2021, 14:33) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      You first need to find out how many roosters and chickens applied for the post and whether any of them were tough or tender. Always talking with no facts.
      • @Well (08/10/2021, 17:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        And you supposedly have all the facts and in the know right? Honey child, ignorance will always be bliss in the BVI.
    • @Here’s my take (09/10/2021, 08:46) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      And you are absolutely correct. The tough yard roosters and hens need to step to the side and stop being recycled. Times have changed and we need new blood with creative forward thinking minds in order for the Country to move forward. They are always complaining about the younger ones that leave and never look back, what are they coming back to? They are simply denied a chance to showcase their talents. This stupid thing about I’m giving certain people a job based on family last name, I went to school with him/her, my cousin, aunt or uncle has to stop.
  • 2 cheapies (08/10/2021, 12:13) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    6 of one half dozen of the next
  • @Here's my take (08/10/2021, 14:14) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Could not have said it better.. Right there with you.
    • To Here's my take, @Here is my take, and others (08/10/2021, 17:04) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Congratulations Mr. Forbes once again! Always arrive in time to save the day!
  • pity you (08/10/2021, 17:32) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    I realy do feel pity for you people who complain about everything your lives must be miserable.
  • Lb (08/10/2021, 18:52) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Same old dead weights keep being recycled! We young people sick of yall! Make way for the younger smarter generation with new vision. These government is waste!
    • Sue said it (09/10/2021, 08:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Lb, correct, the younger generation need to exercise their voting power next election if they want to change things for the better for themselves. The younger generation that is educated and is looking to showcase their talents and make a difference is being overlooked. The older roosters and hens need to step aside and give the smart minded, forward thinking younger generation a chance.
  • Richie (08/10/2021, 20:02) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Y are we complaining??? If Mr. Forbes had been born in a different country we would be here fussing about non-belongers taking all the jobs. Now that we have someone amply willing & qualified y not applaud him and his outstanding educational achievements.....
    Well done Mr.forbes and all the best!
    • @Richie (08/10/2021, 23:15) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      You are not getting it, it has nothing to do with if he is from here or what. It is about giving someone else a chance and stop the damn recycling system or playing musical chairs with the same tough yard roosters and hens. What is so hard to understand about that. We need new forward thinking people in these positions. The no one else applied, is straight up BS.
      • A VOTER IN #6 (10/10/2021, 18:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        BUT ANY QUALIFIED YOUNG BVI LANDERS APPLIED.? JUST ASKING.
  • Congrats (08/10/2021, 22:22) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Congratulations Mr. Forbes well deserved.
  • fred (08/10/2021, 22:44) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    They coulda put a roster for all I care. Thank God that man gone. He was bad for business. If you don’t know ask Banco.


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