Rowena G. Bethel,  LL.B(Hons.)(Leic.)(UK)    
Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple 
Counsel and Attorney of The Bahamas Bar  

Rowena G. Bethel (nee Stubbs) is Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Finance, a position she has held since Jan. 2000. In this capacity she provides specialised legal services in respect of privatisation, multilateral and bilateral matters on international cooperation, trade, taxation, information technology, financial sector regulation in the areas of compliance and money- laundering.  She also forms a part of the Ministry's e-business working group which has been developing the legal, regulatory and policy framework for the government's national  info-communications strategy. 
 
 
Since Jan. 2001, Mrs. Bethel has served as an inaugural member of theGovernment's  Compliance Commission, an independent statutory body established to supervise and enforce anti-money laundering regulations imposed on financial intermediaries such as lawyers, accountants, real estate brokers, co-operatives, money transmitters and persons involved in managing third party funds on behalf of others and who are not otherwise regulated.
 
Prior to joining the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Bethel served as in-house corporate counsel, head  of the Legal Department and Secretary to the Board of Directors at the National Insurance Board, the country's Social Security Agency, for 15 years from April 1984. Whilst at the National Insurance Board, her areas of work included administrative prosecutions and compliance in relation to delinquent contributors,  advice and drafting of the occupational pension plan, conveyancing, construction and engineering contracts, insolvency proceedings, development of the framework for a national health insurance plan, industrial relations and employment advice, industrial negotiator, general corporate advice and risk management.
 
Mrs. Bethel received her LL.B degree from Leicester University, U.K. in 1981. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in November 1982 and was admitted to practice at the Bahamas Bar in February 1983. After admission to the Bahamas Bar, she served her pupillage in the law firm of Christie, Ingraham and Company and was engaged as an Associate with that firm until April 1984.

Mrs. Bethel was a feature writer for The Nassau Guardian on matters concerning the Internet and Cyberspace, and is a member of the Florida Chapter of the Internet Society, the International Bar Association;  the Society for Computers and Law of the U.K.; and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

Mrs. Bethel was the first female to be admitted to the Rotary clubs in New Providence in 1995. She has served as a Director of The Bahamas Children's Emergency Hostel, The Bahamas Employer's Confederation, The Bahamas Law Guild, The Bahamas Quality Council and the Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau. She has also served on a number of committees for the Bahamas Bar Association.
        
Mrs. Bethel is a 1992 alumnist, as The Bahamas' public sector representative, of the H.R.H.  Duke of Edinburgh's VII Commonwealth Study Conference at Oxford University, U.K.

Languages: English

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