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Darnell Osborne, CPA, CA
Director, Bahamas

Darnell-OsborneDarnell is a Certified Public Accountant and a 1989 graduate of the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chartered Accountancy Studies.  

She is currently the Financial Controller at the Insurance Company of the Bahamas, a local general insurance company. Darnell is currently a member and licensed Chartered Accountant of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA).  She was elected to BICA’s Council in 2011 and appointed Secretary in 2012.  In June 2013, she was elected and appointed 1st Vice President and chaired the Investigations and Ethics Committee of the Council.  In June 2014, she was elected as President of BICA.  Darnell is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


Claude Burrell, CPA CISA
Director, Belize

Claude Burrell

Claude serves as the Director representing the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize. He has served on the Council for the ICA - Belize in various capacities since 2003, including two terms as President.

Claude is the Managing Partner of Grant Thornton in Belize. He is both a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Information System Auditor. He has over twenty years’ experience gained locally and abroad, in audit and consulting, across a wide range of industries including banking and finance, retailing, manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism and hospitality.

His community involvement also included serving as the Treasurer for the Belize/ Honduras District of the Methodist Church as well as on the boards of various educational institutions.

Robert van Trikt, Msc. RA
Director, Suriname

Robert Van TrikitRobert is a managing partner with Limebridge. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Financial Assurance. He has also completed a post-graduate study as a Chartered Accountant. Robert is the Group Controller of C. Kersten & Co, where he also gives master classes to the financial management.

He was a teacher at Hogeschool Inholland Suriname and at the Institute for Graduate Studies (IGSR) of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (Banking and Finance). He currently teaches at the Suriname College of Accountancy (SCA) (AA certification) and NIVE / HOFAM in Suriname. Robert worked as Chief Auditor with the Hakrinbank in Suriname from 2008 to 2011, where he was responsible for the reorganization of the bank in accordance with international standards. 

Between 2006 and 2008 he was Senior Manager Coordinator Global with Fortis Merchant and Private Banking Métier (PFS) in Amsterdam. From 1999 – 2006 Robert worked for KPMG and Ernst & Young in the Netherlands and was responsible for financial audits, operational audits, corporate finance, business risk services and audits in the financial sector.

Bruce Scott, FCCA, CA
Director, Jamaica

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Mr. Scott is the partner responsible for the Risk and Controls Practice at PwC Jamaica and PwC Caribbean Region of Network Firms. His professional experience spans approximately 25 years at PwC, working in Jamaica and the Caribbean region and includes six months working at PwC Toronto. Mr. Scott also worked on a PwC Global product development team where he was responsible for one of the work streams.

Mr. Scott is a former chairman of the Membership Committee and Public Relations and Publications Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) and is a member of the Council of the ICAJ. He was also chair of a Funding Sub-Committee, which was designed to increase ways in which ICAJ is funded. He currently serves as Vice President of the ICAJ and Chairman of the Property Development Committee. He was appointed to the ICAC Board as Alternate Director for Jamaica in June 2015.

He has extensive experience helping companies develop and maintain their internal audit departments and enterprise and operational risk management infrastructures. He also has extensive experience conducting financial statements audits.

Mr. Scott is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAJ, a Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a Certified Public Accountant through the state of Colorado, a Certified Internal Auditor, and is certified in Risk and Information System Control, among several other certifications, including an MBA in Finance from the University of Manchester (UK) Manchester Business School. Mr. Scott was one of the youngest people ever to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in the Caribbean at the age of 21.

 

Gowon Bowe, CPA, MBA
Alternate Director, Bahamas

Gowon BoweGowon N.G. Bowe is the Group Chief Financial Officer for Fidelity Bank & Trust International Limited, including its publicly traded subsidiary Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited. Prior to this role, he was a partner and Advisory Leader with a Big Four (4) accounting firm. In that firm, Gowon had been on a fast track through the ranks in both The Bahamas and the United Kingdom firms.

Gowon is a proud graduate and alumnus of St. Anne’s High School and the now University of The Bahamas. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting with First Class Honours and a Masters of Business Administration with a specialism in Finance from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and was the recipient of the University Medal for the Commerce department due to high academic achievements. Later, he completed the Uniform Examination of Certified Public Accountants on his first attempt and placed second overall in the State of Georgia.

Gowon served as engagement leader on some of largest audits, and consulting projects, for private and public sector entities, as well as serving as leader of accounting and audit technical, risk and quality functions. He is President of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as its Technical Committee Chairman, and Immediate Past Chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation. Gowon is a regular presenter/facilitator at seminars and training sessions, as well as speaker at business/accounting related discussion forums and media programmes.

Gowon is married to Evanne M. Bowe (nee Archer), and the father of two children, Dylan N.K. Bowe and Aryanna S.M. Bowe.