Commissioner – Dr. Beverly Ann-Marie Beckles

Beverly Ann-Marie Beckles, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). She has thirty two (32) years’ experience in the field of disability management and four decades in the NGO sector.

Her work expands at the national and regional levels promoting and advancing disability issues. Her work in the disability arena involves close contact with governments, regional and international agencies and civil society organisations in the promotion of equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Dr. Beckles is highly respected in her field as demonstrated by her involvement in a multiplicity of public and private endeavours. She has received several acknowledgements for her work in the field of disability nationally, regionally and internationally. In 1993, she received a National Award (MOM) in recognition of community service for persons with disabilities and an International Award from Goodwill Industries Inc. in recognition of extensive contributions to persons with disabilities in the Caribbean. She has also received awards from other internationally recognised institutions and has the distinction of being the first recipient of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Award for Social Entrepreneurship (1999). Her academic qualifications also include a Doctor of Philosophy in Organisation and Management from Capella University, Minneapolis, USA and Masters in Rehabilitation Administration (MRA) from Mc Laren School of Business, University of San Francisco, USA.