Thomas O Matthew
Chief Cultural Officer, Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture.Thomas O Matthew has been on the board as the Ministry's representative over ten years. He currently serves as acting Chairman of the Grenada Cultural Foundation.
Mrs. Petra Charles-Joseph
B.Sc. (U.W.I.) MBA (Pace, USA)
Corporate Communications Officer, Ministry of Finance and Energy Mrs. Joseph has been with the Ministry of Finance from 2003. She is responsible for the management and coordination of the Communications Strategy of the Ministry, among other duties. Mrs. Joseph is also the Secretary to the Committee of Social Partners and the St.George’s University Monitoring Committee and Executive Secretary of the Girl Guides Association of Grenada. Mrs. Joseph has particular interest in Event Management, Writing and Cultural Activities.
Mrs. Shirley Robinson
Mrs. Shirley Robinson served as deputy Principal of the St. Patrick’s Anglican School Secretary – St. Patrick’s Branch of the G.U.T Principal of the Happy Hill R.C School Principal of the River Sallee Government School Social Extension Officer Chief Cultural Officer Committees and Boards:- Grenada Tourist Board, National Lotteries Authority. Chairman:-Grensave, NCCDC, Hillarian Home, Cedar’s Home for abused women and children.
Robert Ashley Steele also known as Bobby Steele was born in Grenada but spent most the first 20 years of his life living outside of Grenada. Returning home for most part to stay with his grandmother, with whom he spent most summer vacations with, as he was very close to her.While Mr.Steele worked in different fields his passion has always been the entertainment industry. Bobby has managed two night clubs in Trinidad and in the recent times he was the Manager of Club Bananas in Grenada for a period of eight years, resigning in December 2012.
In between he has worked as a Food and Beverage Supervisor for the Rex Grenadian Resort, as well as an Entertainment Supervisor. Mr. Steele was directly responsible for conceptualizing their old year’s night party, which was so successful for many years.
He also worked part time for Adventure Jeep Tours, and won an award from Royal Caribbean Cruise lines for Guide of the Year.
Mr. Steele’s career in culture began when he was 21 years old, he started his own fancy Mas band here in Grenada called SummerCrew. In 2014 they will be celebrating their 25th year participating in our national carnival.
During the last 25yrs Bobby has been involved in a number of different event promotions including the marketing of the ferry from Trinidad to Grenada for carnival 2012 and 2013.
Robert Ashley Steele is honored to be selected to serve Grenada as a member of the GCF board and he hopes to be able to use hi experience to serve in whatever way the board might see fit.
Ft. Clifton Harris
James “Skylark” Stafford is a name synonymous with culture on the sister isle of Carriacou and Petite Martinique whether it’s on the calypso stage or his involvement in the four major festivals on the island namely Carnival, Maroon Music Fes, Regatta and Parang.
Skylark was born on the 20th September 1963 in the village of Belair, Carriacou; the home of the Belair Heritage Park where the annual maroon music festival and other cultural festivals are staged.
He has toured many cities over the years which include London, New York, Toronto Montreal etc. sharing his music. He is well known for his double meaning hits such as “Ah coming, water pumping, Bullen Family, Simple policeman etc.
Although he no longer competes in competitions, his love for the calypso art form remains a very strong part of him, he can be seen as the MC for many shows whether it’s during Carnival, Parang, Maroon or Regatta festivals and much more.
Mr. Stafford was one of the masterminds behind the Carriacou Maroon and Music Festival. A festival which began in 2001 showcasing the rich and unique cultural heritage of the twin isle parish such as Shakespeare Mas, big drum and the quadrille dance intertwined with the cooking of “saraca”.
He also led the Carriacou Regatta Festival Committee in the capacity as Chairperson over the years. Carriacou Regatta is described as the biggest summer festival in the region where the art work of our boat builders can be seen. This year he chaired the emergency committee for the Regatta only three weeks before the 48th celebration.
Skylark is involved in every aspect of the 13 square miles island and can be described as one of the best in his line of business Construction which according to all was the best in twelve years; however his involvement in the cultural art form must be lauded.
Today, he is a Director on the Board of Directors of the Grenada Cultural Foundation proudly representing Carriacou and Petite Martinique- the cradle of culture.