UDP party names new chair

The George Town branch of the United Democratic Party has announced the election of a new chairman and executive committee members to spearhead the party’s political and community outreach activities George Town.


Stefan Baraud, third left, chairman of the George Town UDP Committee is flanked by, from left, Mrs. Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden, treasurer; E. Steve McLaughlin, deputy chairman; and Edlin Myles, deputy chairman. Photo: Submitted

Stefan Baraud is the Committee’s new chairman.

Elected to serve alongside Mr. Baraud as deputy chairpersons are Mr. Edlin Myles and Mr. E. Steve McLaughlin. Mrs. Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden has been elected to serve as treasurer. They are supported by several subcommittees including fundraising, public relations and membership.

‘The George Town UDP Committee sees its role as providing greater representation for the people of the district. We will be meeting with as many people as possible to discuss their concerns for the district and our islands and to help give voice to the issues that affect them,’ Mr. Baraud said.

He is the son of Betty and Dominique Baraud.

He represented the Cayman Islands in the sport of cycling in two Olympic games, the Commonwealth and Pan American games and several world championships. He won gold for the Cayman Islands in the small countries World Championship.

He was a Young Caymanian Leadership Award finalist in 2002; served as a member of the labour tribunal for five years and was chairman for one.

Mr. Baraud says his political education began when he would often accompany his mother to political meetings at George Town’s court house steps and were formalised with political science classes at Eckerd College, Florida, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business.

Deputy Chairman E. Steve McLaughlin has served the George Town UDP Committee since 2004 and held the post of deputy chairman previously. An experienced marine engineer and contractor, he worked with Caribbean Utilities Company for over a decade.

He held various managerial positions, including project manager and successfully supervised some of CUC’s major projects, including the overhaul of its desalination plant, installation of its steam turbine and construction of its office headquarters. He left CUC in 2000 and since then has been involved in his own construction and heavy equipment operation.

Mr. McLaughlin served on the board of the Central Planning Authority from 2001 to 2005.

Edlin Myles is a former chairman of the George Town UDP Committee and has returned to the executive committee, he says ‘to continue a passion to serve my district and our islands.’

Mr. Myles is an insurance executive with over 25 years experience in the industry and is a life member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, which recognises its highest sales performers. He is a two-time president of the Life Underwriters Association of Cayman.

Mr. Myles is the marketing director for Derek Bogle Insurance and is managing director of EMAC Investments, his own investment and development company.

Mr. Myles is a founding member of the Musicians and Entertainers Association and serves on its executive committee. A notary public, he served on the Labour Relations Board and Labour Tribunal for 12 years, with three years as the chairman. He also served on the Immigration Board for five years.

UDP Treasurer Mrs. McGaw-Lumsden is the corporate manager for Admiral Corporate Services. Her educational accomplishments include a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Howard University and a Master of Arts, Legal (Hons.) from Bristol University.

She is a notary public and a member of various government boards and community clubs and takes a special interest in mentoring young people.

Prior to joining Admiral in 2006, she was head of the corporate department at Caledonian Fund Services (Cayman) Limited. From 2002-2005, she was legal advisor at Fortis Fund Services (Cayman) Limited and has also held the position of financial accountant at Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd.

The George Town UDP Committee is soon to launch its website and is planning a series of community meetings and outreach activities to involve a wide cross-section of the district. The committee’s office is at The Edge Office Complex on Godfrey Nixon Way and can be reached at 943-3338.

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