Sir Neville Nicholls: President 1988 – 2001

Barbadian scholar, Sir Neville Vernon Nicholls, served as the third President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) from 1988 to 2001.

At the time of his election, Sir Neville’s substantive position was that of Vice-President in charge of Operations at CDB.

Sir Neville had joined CDB in 1971 in the capacity of Legal Advisor, subsequently serving as General Counsel and then Vice-President.

Educated at the University of Cambridge, Sir Neville read for and obtained the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He also attended Columbia University, where he received a Carnegie Endowment Fellowship in Diplomacy.

Called to the Bar in London in 1957, Sir Neville worked as Chief Parliamentary Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers in Barbados. While working there, Sir Neville represented the Government of Barbados at several Regional Conferences on the establishment of the Caribbean Free Trade Association and the Caribbean Development Bank.

Appointed to the Privy Council in 1991, Sir Neville has held offices with numerous public and private institutions including the Public Services Commission, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the Committee of Governance University of the West Indies and the Cave Hill Campus Council of the University of the West Indies.

In recognition of his years of distinguished service, Sir Neville Nicholls has received a number of honours, including Knight of Saint Andrew (KA) in Barbados’ Independence Honours, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies.