Profile

President

Rudy Lovell

Rudy Lovell is a teacher with over twenty years of experience, for seventeen of these years, he has been a member of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT). Mr Lovell has a passion for trade unionism and occupational safety and health (OSH) both of which he actively practices as an executive member of the BUT. Mr Lovell was elected as the President of the BUT on 5th February 2022. He previously held the positions of 1st Vice President (April 17, 2021 – February 5, 2022), 2nd Vice President (August 8, 2020 – April 16, 2021), Deputy General Secretary (April 21, 2017 – August 7, 2020), Chairman of Stewards (May 2016 – April 20, 2017), Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Committee (2018 – Present), Chairman of the Professional Development Committee (2021- Present) and BUT Steward from 2005-Present. His aim is not only to see the union agitate for the rights and conditions of its members but also to educate all members professionally. Mr Lovell holds a First-Class Honours degree in Technical and Vocational Education and a Masters Degree in Occupational Safety and Health. He considers himself as a student of health and safety and believes that “nothing is of greater importance than the conservation of human life”. In his past exploits, Mr Lovell once served as the assistant manager of the Barbados National Men’s Senior Football Team.

1st Vice President

Awaiting BUT's
Annual General Election

Awaiting BUT’s Annual General Election 

2nd Vice President

Julian Pierre

Julian Pierre has been a Physical Education Teacher in the public primary system from September 2004 to present. He is proud of his nursery to tertiary education in the public system and wanted to give back to his nation by nurturing young minds and guiding them to be their best, just as was done for him. Julian believes in the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Throughout his years in teaching, he has taught and coached athletes in cricket (Zone Winners, Most Improved School, Most Outstanding Bowler, Most Outstanding Wicketkeeper, Most Outstanding Female Cricketer), National Primary Schools Athletic Championship – NASPAC (Zone Title, Zone Winners, Record Holders, Victor Ludorum at Finals), bodybuilding (2nd in Division as a first time competitor), badminton (1st time finalist from the school, Most Valuable Player) to name a few. Within the realm of NAPSAC (hosted by the BUT and NSC), he served as Chief Official of the Check-In and Call-Room Departments (Athletes Village) from 2005 to 2019 and elected to serve on the Executive Committee from 2019 to 2021 as the Assistant Meet Director. As of July 2021, he is the Championship Director of the Committee and will be until 2023. Julian has been a Shop Steward of the BUT since 2009, until being elected to the Executive Committee in 2017 as the Public Relations Officer, and as of April 2021 been elected the 2nd Vice President. Being elected to serve on behalf of the members of an organisation is one of importance and one which he takes seriously. As P.R.O, he was instrumental in the creation of the YouTube Channel “BUT Barbados” which is one of the main content vessels of the union. He also coordinated the process of online voting (for the first time for the union) in its Annual General Elections 2021. As 2nd Vice President he is the Chairman of the BUT Sports & Culture Committee, and a member of the Occupational Safety & Health Committee, Public Relations Committee, Professional Development & Research committees. Julian also serves on the Caribbean Union of Teachers’ Sport Committee.

3rd Vice President

Andrea Puckering

Andrea Puckering is a T rained Graduate Teacher at the Ellerton Primary School Special Education Unit. Andrea has been teaching for over 25 years. She has been in Special Needs Education for 19 years and is trained in ASD and Behavioural Interventions – New Brunswick Department of Education. She is also trained in Occupational Safety and Health Management-BIMAP. Andrea has served the BUT as Secretary of Stewards, Chairperson of Stewards and Executive Member. She has represented the BUT at many conferences and workshops both locally and regionally. At present she serves as Chairperson of the Members Relations Committee, Deputy Chairperson of the Special Events and Protocol Committee, Deputy Chairperson of the Gender Committee, and is a member of the Finance and Investment, and Property Development committees. Andrea is a representative on the CUT Status of Women’s Committee.

General Secretary

Herbert Gittens

Herbert Gittens is presently the General Secretary of the BUT. He has served on the Executive for the past 28 years. He previously served as Executive Member and Deputy General Secretary before taking up duties as General Secretary in 1999, a post which he has held to date. He is currently the BUT’s representative on the Board of The Congress of Trade Union and Staff Associations of Barbados. (CTUSAB). He serves as Director of the Barbados Accreditation Council. Herbert has been in the teaching service since 1978 and currently serves as Principal of the Wesley Hall Junior School

Deputy General Secretary

Asha Yearwood

Asha has been a teacher for the past 10 years. She is currently assigned to the Parkinson Memorial School where she teaches English Language and Theatre Art. Ms. Yearwood has held the post of Secretary of Stewards, Executive Member previously and has been the Deputy General Secretary of the BUT since 2020. Ms. Yearwood is also an active sports person who plays football for the Empire Cricket Club and she is also a member of Deacons Volleyball Club. She is an avid fan of the West Indies Cricket team and supports them whether they win, lose or draw.

Treasurer

Candacy Griffith

Candacy Griffith is custodian of finances of the Barbados Union of Teachers. She is diligent in this area and committed to the continuity of this great union. She believes in teachers‘ rights and responsibilities, the strength of unity and the power of knowledge. Candacy received her early education at Selah Primary School and the Ellerslie School. Upon graduation from the Ellerslie School, she went on the Barbados Community College where she completed the LCCI Private Secretary’s Certificate and an Associate Degree in Computer Science. After many years in the private sector as a Receptionist, Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Accounts Assistant and Information Technology Officer, she joined the teaching profession in 2007. Candacy is a trained graduate teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology and Management (Honours) from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and a Diploma in Education from the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College. She also possesses certification in Financial Management from the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity. She now serves as an Information Technology Coordinator in the primary school division. Apart from being a teacher, she works closely with the youth of her church and volunteers her time to working with other youth as sometimes requested by family or friends. Candacy is the proud mother of three (two girls and one boy). She takes great pride in their achievements, both great and small. She encourages and promotes good spiritual and emotional attributes. She is kind, loving, friendly and considerate. She is an objective thinker and decision maker. She holds honesty and integrity as her core values.

Public Relations Officer

Marsha Burke

Since joining the teaching service over 11 years ago Marsha has been a member of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT). Though being an active union member and a Shop Steward, it was not until 2020 that she joined the Executive Committee as an Executive Member, and subsequently moved to the post of Public Relations Officer in 2021 after her first year on the Executive. Marsha enjoys public speaking and debating, reading, hiking and sports, especially athletics. She is currently assigned to the St. George Primary School and is very active in the 4-H movement in Barbados. She is currently the leader of the St. George Lions 4-H Club and received the Most Outstanding 4-H Leader Award in 2019. Marsha has interests in the rights, and health and safety of teachers which she believes is very important and has sat on the BUT Occupational Safety & Health Committee for the past two years. Marsha also sits on the Congress of Trade Union and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), Youth Committee and is the Chairman of the BUT Public Relation Committee and a member of the Caribbean Union of Teachers Public Relations Committee. She is also a member of the BUT Member Relations, Professional Development & Research, Sports & Culture and Education Reform committees. She believes in the value of the trade union movement and wishes to see unions respected in Barbados. Marsha is a hard worker and believes in having a positive outlook and attitude in everything she does. Her aim is that her work reflects the vision of improving the image and view of the Barbados Union of Teachers to its members and the public.

Executive Member

Andre Holder

Mr. Andre Holder is a Tained Graduate Teacher having been a teacher from the year 2010. He became a member of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) in 2013 and became an Executive Member in the year 2018. During his tenure on the BUT Executive, Mr. Holder has been trained in Occupational Safety and Health Management from Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity (BIMAP) and is currently the Deputy Chairperson on the Occupational Health and Safety Committee as well as the Public Relations Committee. He also sits on several other committees on the Executive. Mr. Holder’s goals as an Executive member are to promote safe work practices and conditions, and to assist in creating a safe place of work by recommending actions that will improve the effectiveness of the Occupational Health and Safety within the educational system.

Executive Member

Cherise Rock

Cherise began teaching in 1999 at the Parkinson Secondary School as a substitute teacher. She also worked at the Grantley Adams Memorial School. In 2002 she worked at the National Housing Corporation where she realized the importance of being a union member because of environment concerns at the worksite which cause a stoppage of work. A year later in 2003 she returned to teaching and was assigned to the Chalky Mount Primary School; she joined the BUT that same year. Cherise is a trained graduate teacher and a trained Information Technology Coordinator. She is currently assigned to the St. Silas Primary School. She recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership. Cherise is a member of Professional Development & Research and Occupational Safety & Health committees. Cherise, as an executive member, is seeking to learn all she can about industrial relations. She believes in solidarity and that through unification we can accomplish great things.

Executive Member

Stacia Springer

Stacia has been a member of the BUT for over 13 years. She was formally the Secretary of Stewards but has recently been elected as an Executive Member. Stacia is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Sports & Culture Committee and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and Special Events and Protocol Committee. Stacia has also sat on the Occupational Health and Safety Committee for the past two years. As a teacher, Stacia’s goal are to produce well rounded students who can function in this changing world we live in and as a member of the member and a Shop Steward, her aim is to see that teachers have a comfortable environment which is conducive that this type of teaching and learning can take place.

Chairman of Stewards

Keisha Russell-Greaves

Keisha has been a member of the BUT for over 15 years. She has served as Secretary of Stewards and is currently the Chairman of Stewards. She is the chairman of the Special Events and Protocol Committee and serves as a member on several other committees. Keisha believes in equality for all teachers as well as safe and healthy work environments. To this end, Keisha pledges her commitment of continued service to teachers and the BUT.