To see historic Roebuck Street and its immediate environs restored, redeveloped, rejuvenated and beautified as a vibrant business, residential, entertainment and recreational district.
Goals of The Trust
To identify funding options and sources of funds to spearhead the restoration, redevelopment, rejuvenation and beautification of Roebuck Street and its immediate environs.
Liaise with Contributors
To liaise with Private Sector organizations and individuals so as to encourage them to make technical and/or financial contributions to the work of the Trust.
To promote activities in relation to the neighbourhood which give education, enjoyment and happiness to all and sundry.
To act as the executive Agency, receiving funds, donations, grants and the like to finance the work of the Trust.
To make recommendations to the relevant Government Ministries concerning the work to be undertaken.
Our goal is to redevelop Roebuck Street and it's surrounding environment, so as to firmly position it as a vibrant and integral part of the landscape of Barbadian culture.
Where We’ve Come From
A Historical View of Roebuck Street & Palmetto Square
From Palmetto to Roebuck Street
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Sir Trevor Carmichael
SIR TREVOR CARMICHAEL, KA, LVO, LLD (Hon), QC
Sir Trevor Carmichael was born in Barbados and educated at Harrison College and the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. After pursuing post graduate studies in the United States, he was called to the United Kingdom Bar as a member of the Middle Temple in London and the Barbados Bar in December of 1977.
As a lawyer, he has been engaged in all facets of the law. His original practice areas spanned criminal, constitutional, labour, divorce, trademarks and later he has focused on commercial,
charities and environmental law.
He is associated with landmark legal decisions including the leading case on medical insanity which he presented before the Barbados Court of Appeal in 1981.
He is a member of the International Bar Association, the Inter-American Bar Association and a Committee Member of the Inter-American Bar Foundation as well as an associate member of the Canadian Bar Association.
He holds membership in the International Tax Planning Association, the International Fiscal Association and was one of the parties responsible for establishing a Barbados Chapter of the International Fiscal Association of which he is Charter President. He was the Barbados Country Chairman of the International Litigation Committee on Business Law of the International Bar Association and a former Deputy Secretary General of the International Bar Association. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies in the United Kingdom, a Life Member of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association and a member of the International Law Association.
Sir Trevor has spoken to a wide range of audiences on international, commercial and tax matters
and has also been twice the keynote speaker at the Canadian Condominium Institute’s Annual Meetings in Toronto, Canada. He has authored over one hundred (100) articles and monographs in the areas of Law, Economics and Public Policy, and he serves as a Panel Member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank in Washington. He is also a Certified International Arbitrator with the International Museums Association (ICOM).
Sir Trevor’s civic involvement encompasses his past role as President of the Barbados National
Trust for five years and his current Presidency of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society since 1989.
He is a past President of the Rotary Club of Barbados of which he has been a member since 1978 and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship of Rotary International. A member of the Canadian Club of Toronto as well as the Institute of Directors of London, he is a founding member and trustee of the Heart Foundation of Barbados; a founding member and Honorary Legal Adviser to the Barbados Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, an original Trustee and Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Trust in Barbados, and the charter Chairman of the Governor General’s Awards on Environmental Achievements.
He was also the Founder Chairman of the Barbados Youth Business Trust and for twenty years has been the Chairman of the United World Colleges Committee for Barbados and was a Trustee of Europhil in the United Kingdom. He sat on the Legal Affairs and Properties Committee of the International Council of Museums in Paris, France, is a retired Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award World Fellowship as well as a past Trustee of the Association. He is the Patron of the President’s Council of the Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues Canada. He has been the Honorary Consul of Mexico accredited to Barbados for over twenty-five (25) years.
His contribution to the life of the University of the West Indies is mixed and varied. He has been the Visiting Professor of Caribbean Foreign Investment Law to the Florida State University Summer
Programme at the University of the West Indies and has served continuously as an External Examiner in one of the Law Faculty’s core courses. Sir Trevor has also periodically acted as Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Law, and occasional lecturer in the law of trusts. He is one of the Founders of the Faculty of Law’s Caribbean Commercial Law Workshop and his firm has supported the workshop on a yearly basis from inception. Sir Trevor sits as a trustee of the University’s Endowment Committee; and is also one of the founding members of the University of the West Indies Medical Alumni Association and was conferred with honorary life membership by the Association.
Sir Trevor was appointed as one of eight Organisation of American States experts responsible for
drafting a new OAS Convention on International Contracts and is a Member of the Committee on Joint
Ventures Model Contracts of the International Trade Centre of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He has also been a member of the International External Grant Review Panel of the North South Centre of the University of Miami. He was also appointed by the Government of
The Seychelles under the auspices of the United Nations to act as its Consultant and Adviser on the reform of various aspects of its planning and environmental law legislation.
He is the co-author of the book Land Use Under The Law – A Commentary and Compilation of Select Legislation in Small Island Developing States. He is also the editor of Barbados: Thirty Years of Independence published in 1996, the author of the book Passport to the Heart: Reflections on Canada Caribbean Relations and the co-author of Commonwealth Caribbean Trusts Law, as well as author of the book Gully Adventures: A Stream of Barbadian Life. He is also the Editor of the book Barbados: Fifty Years of Independence.
In November of 1992, Sir Trevor was a recipient in the National Honours List for his contribution
to law, financial services and the preservation of the national heritage. In 2012, he was awarded the Governor General of Canada’s Medallion for his contribution to the strengthening of relations between Canada and Barbados. In March of 2013, he was appointed by the Governor General of Barbados as an Independent Senator to Barbados’ Upper Chamber. In June of 2013, he was appointed as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sir Trevor was awarded the Knight of St. Andrew in the 2013 Barbados Independence Honours. In July 2014, as Mexico’s Honorary Consul, he received the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration awarded to foreigners in Mexico. Itnrecognized his work to promote business, culture, and tourism between Barbados and Mexico by encouraging travel between the two countries visa-free and initiating a treaty preventing Double Taxation within Barbadian-Mexican trade. In 2016, he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies, an honour to be conferred on October 15, 2016.
He is the Founder/Chairman of Centurion ISM Services Inc., the first Listing Sponsor on the new
International Securities Market within the Barbados Stock Exchange. He is the Founder of Chancery
Chambers, a Barbados law firm engaged primarily in international business law, environmental law and the law relating to charities.
Sir Paul Altman (Kt)
Sir Paul Altman has been involved in the real estate profession for over thirty years. He is the Managing Director of Altman Real Estate, the Caribbean’s leading real estate company, and Ambassador and Chairman of the Savills Caribbean Associates.
Sir Paul is involved in urban renewal programs in Speightstown, Holetown and Bridgetown. He is a Past President of the Barbados National Trust and led the development of two museums which are both linked to the Trust, the Nidhe Israel Museum in Bridgetown and Arlington Museum in Speightstown.
The restoration of the Bridgetown Synagogue, originally built in 1654, was led by Sir Paul and his family. It represents the highlight of his involvement in maintaining the heritage of Barbados. This project recently completed its final phase of development – encompassing an entire city block and spearheading a number of projects, with which he is involved, under the UNESCO World Heritage Designation for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.
In addition to his passion for real estate development and the conservation of Barbados’ heritage, Sir Paul has an assortment of business and charitable interests. He also serves as the Chairman of the Campus Council at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
Sir Paul has been awarded several distinctions for his service to a wide variety of causes, including: the Barbadian Government’s Centennial Honour (2000); the Barbadian Government’s Gold Crown of Merit (2007); and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal (2013). This culminated in 2016 when honoured with the title of Knight Bachelor, as part of the British Honours System, for services to the preservation of historic buildings and real estate development.
Sir Paul also holds a BBA from the University of Miami and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He is married to artist Rachelle Altman and they are the parents of two daughters, Rina and Abigail.
Mr. Charles C.C. Holder
Mr. Charles C.C. Holder has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Durham and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Mr. Holder has been involved in several aspects of Project Cycle Management (PCM) for approximately 30 years covering various sectors in the Barbados economy. The most significant highlight of Mr. Holder’s involvement in PCM was his contribution to the planning and implementation of the Government’s Urban Rehabilitation Program in Barbados in the capacity of Program Director for approximately 10 years.
Mr. Holder’s primary skill set lies in the areas of project management/co-ordination, the financial and economic analysis of projects and in strategic management. Mr. Holder is proficient in both French and Spanish. Mr. Holder is Member of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc. (HSFB), a Trustee of the Roebuck Street Redevelopment Trust and a Council Member of both the Barbados National Trust (BNT) and the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS)
Mr. Lloyd Powlett
Mr. Lloyd Powlett was educated at the University of East London, on a National Development Scholarship where he graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Land Surveying Sciences in 1977. He read for his masters at the University of Reading, where he successfully completed a M.Sc. (Hons) in Urban Land Appraisal in 1989. He has been a member of the Barbados Land Surveyors Association (BLSA) and The Barbados Association of Professional Valuers (BAPV) since 1978 and 1989 respectively. From 1995 until the present he has served in the role of Secretary/Treasurer of the BAPV.
From 1977-1992 he worked at the Ministry of Public Works as a Technical Officer. Mr. Lloyd Powlett, a visionary, who saw the need to bring the technical professions together, founded the firm L.P. Integrated Surveys Inc in February 1992. To this end the firm operates as a company, to provide efficient infrastructural services incorporated under one umbrella.
Throughout this time he has gained a vast amount of experience while working on all types of surveys including providing surveys for the construction of major roads throughout Barbados: Spring Garden Highway, Inner Ring Road, ABC Highway, Trents Road to name a few. Boundary surveys include survey of Sam Lords Castle, Amity Lodge Plantation, Cadastral Survey of over 1,000 acres of land for Kingsland Estates and The Mount Plantation, approximately 300 acres.
Mr. Geoffrey M. Ramsey
Geoffrey Ramsey is co-founder and partner of EPG Caribbean. He is a graduate of Ryerson University, Toronto and University of Wales, UK. His professional consulting work includes planning, design and tourism development projects in Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Lucia, Mustique and the British Virgin Islands.
He has also provided professional consultancy design services to the public sector. Recent commissions include the redevelopment of Harrison’s Cave, a prime tourism destination, the Barbados Tourism Development Programme with ARA Consulting Group, Canada and as project lead consultant for the 2014-2023 Tourism Master Plan for the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Barbados.
From 2015 to 2017, Geoffrey was planning and design consultant for the Synagogue Block Restoration Project, located within the World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown. This project incorporated restoration and adaptive reuse of the old Shoemakers Shops and the original Fire Brigade House, in addition to a Monument to commemorate the signing of the Emancipation Act in 1834. Research was conducted on the seventeenth century Quaker cemetery which has been incorporated into a new green space for parking.
Geoffrey is a member of the Caribbean Heritage Network, and in 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the National Heritage Task Force of Barbados and the Preservation Barbados Trust. He is involved in several charitable organizations and is a member of the Barbados National Trust, the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Barbados Arts Council. His interests include geneology, historic restoration projects and heritage tourism. Geoffrey has a keen interest in the creative and visual arts, with works exhibited in Montreal, Boston and Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson received her legal training in Barbados and Trinidad at the University of the West Indies. Prior to her call to the Bar she also practised as a Chartered Secretary in the financial services sector within Barbados. She holds a BSc. Management Studies and is a qualified accountant who has worked in the area of international tax consulting in the United States and Barbados. A member of Chancery Chambers’ Management Team, she specializes in corporate commercial work and is the firm’s Pensions Practice Leader and has advised multiple large and small local and regional pension plans. Angela Robinson has represented the firm speaking at conferences locally and in Mexico. She has practiced in the financial services sector in Barbados for over 18 years.
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