He is a businessman and public spirited individual having been Director on several Statutory Boards, President of the Chamber of Commerce and the Private Sector Senator in the Upper House. He came to the Trust to strengthen the project management aspect of it’s administration and has assembled a cadre of experts who are now ready to expand operations and increase collaboration with internationally based heritage organizations.
In his own words the President said:
“I am always amazed and encouraged by the wide range of activities and responsibilities required of a custodian of national heritage, from historic buildings to places of natural beauty and the unexpected treasures to be discovered along the way.”
“I believe I have become President at an interesting time as we rescue memories from the past centuries and face the challenges of the new while representing continuity and far sightedness.”
“While there is an increased understanding and appreciation of precious landscape and architecture, there continues to be a growing concern about the impact of the constant expansion of urban areas, of roads and buildings. These twin concerns – the positive and the negative – are expressed in television and radio programmes, campaigns and protests, and also in the growing interest in the National Trust itself.”
“I hope that, like me, inspired by this valuable organisation, you will have the opportunity of exploring the huge variety of beautiful places in the care of the National Trust. Members and visitors will find some unexpected and new treasures, while others, I hope, discover a wealth of beauty and history on their doorstep and, as a result, perhaps be moved to support the work of the National Trust in preserving the best of our heritage for future generations to enjoy, and, you never know, even be inspired enough to understand the continuing need for an ‘organic’, sympathetic building tradition when it comes to the way we build the future heritage in our precious countryside today.”
1st Vice President
Managing Director of CARIBBEAN ENTERPRISES, a Corporate Member of the Grenada National Trust.
Reuters – Served in UK, Switzerland, Middle East and USA. Prior to last posting of six years in the US, headed joint REUTERS-UNESCO project in support of CANA (Caribbean News Agency) based in Barbados.
Aero-design Studentship with de Havilland Aircraft Company, Hatfield, Herts, England. Commission in GD (Flying) Branch of Royal Air Force; subsequently in RAFVR Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Sales Department of DH125 business jet. “The Scotsman” newspaper (Fleet Street).
Interests and Activities
Member of Buildings and Monuments Committee of Grenada National Trust with special responsibility for liaison with UNESCO.
President of the Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (1990/2001).
Member of Fortress Study Group (www.fsgfort.com) since 1998
Owner of private site on which 18thcentury British battery known as Fort Bedford was once located – in Levera, St Patrick’s (www.fortbedfordgrenada.com). The plan is to turn it into a small military museum when the planned “Levera Eco-Resort development” is in place.
“Grand Inquisitor” of the Grenada Hash House Harriers (www.grenadahash.com) 1986/2013.
Honorary British Consul 2008/2010
2nd Vice President
Specialised in Curriculum Planning and Management, Education Planning, School Improvement and Staff Development, and Special Education Needs.
Teacher in UK, Thailand and Grenada.
Interests and Activities
Farming. On retiring from Teaching, took over responsibility for rehabilitating family lands in St Patrick’s Parish which had been left unattended as a result of ageing family members. Fully committed to and passionate about Preserving and Protecting our Nation’s Heritage, including neglected sites and historic resources located outside the town of St George.
Although born in Trinidad, Victoria is as Grenadian as oildown. She has been actively involved in Grenada through her various business interests which include the estate agents, Coldwell Banker – www.propertyingrenada.com
Her knowledge of the island’s grass roots is encyclopaedic and from all this she has developed a keen interest in the island’s heritage. Her family’s involvement with the history of the island includes providing the land (reluctantly?) for Maurice Bishop Airport. She brings to the National Trust her administration skills, her impeccable professionalism, a can-do attitude, limitless enthusiasm and an unfailing smile.
Peter was born, raised, trained and worked in UK but eventually found the good sense to leave and has lived and worked in Grenada since 2005. As an Architect he has been a principal in private practice since 1979 his practice having been listed by Building Design magazine as in the UK top 100.
Conservation work has always been important to him. His CV includes works to Tower of London, Dover Castle, a Medieval Merchant’s House, Walmer Castle (for the late Queen Mother), Hastings Battlefield, St Augustine’s Abbey, and a wide range of period houses from Medieval to Modernist and for clients such as English Heritage, Dept of the Environment and various corporations as well as private individuals. This has developed in him a thorough knowledge and deep understanding of traditional building materials and methods along with their modern equivalents. Not surprisingly this comes along with an intense interest in the history of architecture and the built heritage. He also found time to do a little commercial work too.
Served as combat medic in the Vietnam war and has written a book about that experience. Graduated as a commercial pilot from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Worked as a pilot in the Caribbean with a charter company, a regional airline and as Prime Minister’s personal pilot.
Interest and Activities
Committed to the development of Grenada’s Heritage, particularly the Town of St. George with its unique fortifications.
John Angus Martin
John Angus Martin was born and grew up in St. George’s, Grenada, where he attended the St. George’s Roman Catholic Boys’ School (now known as the J.W. Fletcher Memorial Boys’ School) and Presentation Brothers’ College before immigrating to Brooklyn, New York with his family in 1978. He graduated in 1986 with a BSc in Biological Sciences and a minor in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island. He spent the next three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa, teaching at an agricultural institute and as an agricultural extension agent to subsistence farmers in rural villages. He has travelled widely in west and east Africa for work and as a visitor. He holds master’s degrees in History, and Agricultural and Applied Economics from Clemson University, South Carolina. He has worked as aReference Archivist at the Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University and a Country Desk Officer in the Africa Region of the US Peace Corps,and traveled to many countries in west and east Africa. These travels have been important in his study of Caribbean slavery and colonialism.. He is currently the director of the Grenada National Museum. His next project, French Grenada: Island Caribs and French Settlers, 1498-1763 explores the rise and demise of the French in Grenada.
Executive Consultant and Acting ED
Michael was born in the UK but is of Grenadian descent. His core disciplines are in the fields of planning, marketing and communications and oversees the Trusts outputs in these area. He has been a past Director on the Board of Tourism and brings a wealth of international consultancy experience to the Trust. Michael says:
“As soon as you approach Grenada, whether by air, land or sea you know immediately, that this is going to a memorable experience. However, when you scratch beneath the surface there is a rich heritage that begins to tell stories that are embedded in Caribbean culture. Remnants of times that have now passed but practices that remain. Our tangible and intangible heritage, is the envy of the Caribbean, all of which have the potential of being world class attractions. Our Tri-Island state is special and we need to protect it.”