The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority's board of directors and executive team focus on ensuring the company is managed at the highest strategic level. We work to realize the company's long-term corporate objectives, as it continuously
strives to become one of the world's most modern and welcoming airport.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet the board members who are responsible to guide the management team on the strategic vision for the Airport Authority:
- ROLSTON POTTER - Chairman
- KAREN BURTON
- BRIAN D'ORNELLAS
- JAMES FULLER
- LYDIA PHILLIP
THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
STANLEY E. SMITH - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr. Stanley Smith was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer effective October 2012. His last posting was at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) where he held the position of Senior of Director of Operations. His Aviation Management
career has spanned more than 15 years and is backed by solid academic achievements. Mr. Smith holds a M.Sc. in Aviation Planning and Management and a B.Sc. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.
Over the years, he has gained valuable ‘hands on’ experience in areas such as Airport Planning and Management, International Aviation Standards and Regulations, Safety Management Systems, Airfield Operations, Ground Transportation, Transitions Management,
and Customer Service. He also serves as the Regional Technical Representative to Airport Councils International (ACI).
Mr. Smith is on a mission to re-create VCBIA as the gateway of choice to the Eastern Caribbean and beyond as well ensure that the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda receive an Airport that they can all be proud of.
FORSIANNE JOSEPH - DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Forsianne Joseph was appointed Director of Human Resources (HR) on 6 January 2014. She is responsible for human resource strategy and operations at the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA), and leads a team that is committed to delivering quality
HR services to the employees.
She is passionate about building trust, professionalism and positive improvements through standards, and brings an expertise in employee engagement to the organization. ABAA will benefit from her knowledge of human resources and her extensive corporate secretarial
and administrative management experience in insurance, banking and other commercial services.
She holds an MBA (Employee Relations) (Merit) from the University of Leicester, UK, and a BSc (Management) (Hons) from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus). She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resources
Professionals of Antigua and Barbuda.
V. EULETTA FRANCIS - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Since her appointment as Chief Financial Officer on September 3, 2012, the Airport Authority had reaped tremendous benefits from Ms. Francis’ years of extensive Management and Financial acumen gained in varying business industries as well as the Government
Sector. Her expertise spans Financial Planning and Analysis, Management Information Systems, Project Management and Staff Development.
Ms. Francis's commitment to excellence in all areas is particularly reflected by her approach to staff and organizational development and Project Management.
She holds a BA Accounting (Hons) and a MSC in Information Management and Finance from the University of Westminister, London.
EDWARD GILKES - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Edward Gilkes joined the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority’s Management Team as the Director of Operations in March of 2007. In this capacity he oversees all aspects of the airport operations, from Facilities Management to Customer Service.
Mr. Gilkes, a 42 year veteran of the Aviation Industry, worked with LIAT 1974 Ltd. from 1981 to 2000, where he held various managerial positions including Traffic Superintendent, Ramp Operations Superintendent, Station Manager and Area Manager, both in Antigua
and St. Maarten. He also served on the Management Team of Caribbean Star Airlines Ltd. from the period 2000 to 2006. Some of the positions held during his tenure at Caribbean Star Airlines Ltd. are Director of Scheduling, Government Affairs and Network Operations
and Director of Government, Civic Affairs, Travel and Tourism.
Mr. Gilkes holds an Executive Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Project Management from the University of the West Indies.
DEVEREL FORDE - DIRECTOR OF SAFETY AND SECURITY
Deverel Forde has over 35 years of experience in the aviation industry. His aviation knowledge commenced during his career as a Mechanic and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer at BWIA. His expertise has contributed to his career at the Antigua and Barbuda Airport
Authority at Senior Management level.
Mr. Forde has obtained LWTR Engine, LWTR Airframe and a Pratt & Whitney JT8D Engine License.
Currently, he is a part of the executive team as the Director in the Safety and Security department at V. C. Bird International Airport.
Deverel Forde(PM) was successful at the Avsec. Professional Management Course in 2013. This bench mark course for aviation security managers was established by ICAO and the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal Canada.