Lorna has several decades of experience at the highest levels of the public service in the British Virgin Islands and has spent the last decade supporting Caribbean Governments, corporations and individuals in various commercial ventures. She spent the last two and a half years establishing BVI Finance, a public private partnership devoted to business development and promotion of the financial services industry.
Over the course of her senior-level public service, Lorna has developed extensive relationships with leaders from the business community, international NGO’s and government leaders from around the world. She has been one of the key ‘engineers’ behind the BVI’s rise from relative obscurity to its present position as a top-flight tourist destination and one of the premier centres for global finance. Her unique experience and expertise serving as a facilitator between the public, private and non-profit worlds both within the BVI and between different nations gives her special insights into the challenges and opportunities facing organizations seeking to operate in the BVI and across the Caribbean.
Lorna began her career in 1973, serving in a variety of increasingly prominent roles in the Public Service. In 1986, she became the youngest person ever appointed to serve as a Ministerial Permanent Secretary, one of the highest ranks in the BVI Public Service. At the time she served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour.
From 1989 to 1997, Lorna served as Permanent Secretary to the Chief Minister, now renamed Premier. In this capacity, she oversaw the development and implementation of government policy, Lorna led an effort to modernize BVI tourism. Under her leadership, the BVI established itself as a premier high-end destination. In 1997, Lorna was featured in Travel Agents Magazine as one of most influential women in global travel.
In 1998, Lorna developed and oversaw the execution of an ambitious reform effort for the entire BVI public service. This far-reaching programme, developed with the support of Ernst & Young consultants, resulted in the establishment of a Department of Human Resources
Earlier, Lorna was called upon by the Chief Minister to manage the creation of the BVI’s first institution of higher education, the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Over the years, the college has become a vibrant centre of excellence in the region and one of the key drivers of progress in the Territory. For her years of service, including extensive fundraising, in 2000 she was awarded the highest honour given by the Board of Governors of the College.
In 2002, Lorna took the helm of the BVI International Finance Centre, which is charged with promoting the BVI’s Financial Services. She worked in close collaboration with the private sector, mounting promotional events in London, New York, Miami, Zurich, Geneva, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.