- 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
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
- 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