Bernard “Bernie” Weatherhead, Chairman
Bernie Weatherhead, J.P., Chairman of Sun Group Inc., began his distinguished career in tourism and business in 1970, as project manager of Sandridge Hotel. He went on to become the hotels’ General Manager, and after 15 years of managing the property, purchased it in 1985.
His passion for business has led to him purchasing multiple tourism pursuits over his 38 years in the industry, starting his diverse portfolio with the opening of Drive-A-Matic, a car rental company that is still part of the Group, in 1982. Today, Sun Group Inc. encompasses operations in general insurance, hotels, retail travel, land and sea adventures, duty free retail, vehicle rental, ground transportation, destination management, villa rental and convenience shopping.
Educated at Barbados Academy and Harrison College, Bernie’s first career role was on the sugar plantation, working at three sugar estates then owned by Todds Estates.
Throughout his career, Bernie has sat on the Boards of the Barbados Tourism Authority, Caribbean Commercial Bank, and RBTT Bank. He is a past President of the Barbados Hotel Association and has also served as a Director of the Caribbean Hotel Association.
In his spare time, he also sat as Chairman of the Barbados Light Airplane Club; is a charter member of the Lions Club of Barbados, North, and a Life Member of the Barbados National Trust.
Among numerous awards he has received, in 1991 the Barbados Chamber of Commerce recognized him for his Outstanding Contribution to Tourism, and in 2001, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.
Bernie is married to Marilda, a Venezuelan artist who runs the Frangipani Art Gallery at Sugar Cane Club, and has two sons Alfredo and Rod, who also play integral roles within the business.
Davis Browne, Director l President
Davis Browne, who was recently named an honorary member of the Society of Barbados Insurance Professionals by the Insurance Institute of Barbados, has had a long distinguished career in the insurance industry.
Educated at Coleridge and Parry in Barbados, Davis was the first Barbadian to qualify for the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Diploma (AIIC). He holds a qualification in General Principles of Insurance Law from the University of the West Indies and has pursued numerous courses in insurance practices throughout his years in the business.
From the start of his career in 1980 through 1988, Davis worked with several companies, including Stewart Wrightson, CGM Insurance Brokers and H.B. Niblock & Co. Ltd., first as an Insurance Broker, and then in various managerial roles.
In 1988, he joined CLICO International General Insurance, when it initially opened. He served as Underwriting Manager, General Manager, and finally, President and CEO prior to the company’s purchase by the Sun Group.
Davis is the immediate past president of the General Insurance Association of Barbados, where he served three consecutive terms. For seven years, he sat as a Director of the Insurance Association of the Caribbean (IAC) and was the Association’s Area Coordinator for Barbados. He was also a part-time lecturer with the Insurance Institute of Barbados, for 20 years.
He is the Senior Pastor at the River Road New Testament Church of God and a Licensed Marriage Officer. A widower, Davis is the proud father of three boys.
Robert Carter, Director
Chief Financial Officer of Sun Group Inc., Robert has had an extensive career in business and finance in the Caribbean, with over 30 years’ experience in financial management and financial and business advisory services.
Raised in Barbados and educated at Harrison College, he holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Robert has served as the Chief Financial Officer of a number of leading companies in Barbados including Sagicor Life Insurance, and CIBC West Indies Holdings Limited, which was responsible for the operations of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in the Caribbean - now known as CIBC
FirstCaribbean International Bank.
Robert has been exposed to a wide variety of industries, including the financial services sector and the hospitality business, as partner responsible for business advisory services of the Eastern Caribbean practice of Coopers and Lybrand, and later as managing director of his own consulting firm. He also worked within the hospitality industry directly, first as CFO of the Elegant Hotels Group and then The Crane Resort and Residences.
Robert is married with three children.
Reynold Royer, Director
Rey Royer, a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB), held a variety of management roles over an extensive career of 36 years with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Starting in administrative positions in Antigua in 1973, his last role with the bank was Vice President, Barbados, which he held from 2003 – 2009.
He was educated at St. Mary’s Academy in Roseau, Dominica.
Rey currently holds several Board Appointments including several Boards associated with RBC, such as RBC Insurance, Royal Bank Financial Corporation, RBC Caribbean Corporation and their Trading Bank Corporation. He also sits on the Boards of RBC Holdings in Barbados, Cayman and Bahamas.
Rey sits on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and is Chairman of the Diocesan Finance Committee of the Roman Catholic Cathedral. In the past, he also held a role for three years on the Board of Management of the Barbados Community College.
Peter I. Foster, Director (St. Lucia)
Peter I. Foster was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in London, England in 1983.
He has practiced in St. Lucia continuously from 1983 to the present time and is now the head of one of the largest and leading law firms in St. Lucia. He is the former Mayor of the City of Castries, and Chairman of the Castries City Corporation.
He is also the immediate past Chairman of the Council of the St. Lucia Bureau of Standards, and Director of St. Lucia Electricity Services Company, the sole provider of electrical power in St. Lucia, and was the Chairman of the Governance Committee of the St. Lucia Electricity Board of Directors.
He has acted as a temporary Magistrate on the invitations of the Minister of Legal Affairs on three separate occasions. He is the father of three wonderful children and is an avid fitness enthusiast.
John Miller, Director (Grenada)
A native of Scotland and a naturalized citizen of Grenada since 1974, John Miller joined the International Division of the Royal Bank of Canada in London, England, following five years with the Bank of Scotland in Scotland.
In the course of the next 35 years he served with Royal Bank of Canada in many of the Eastern Caribbean territories, US Virgin Islands, Barbados and Canada. His numerous roles included Country Manager in several Eastern Caribbean Islands, a secondment to The Belize Bank as its first Managing Director, and the Risk Manager responsible for Royal Bank’s loan portfolio in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
Since retiring from Royal Bank of Canada, Mr Miller has worked as an independent consultant on a range of assignments for retail and manufacturing businesses, financial institutions, government agencies and aid organizations.
John is resident in Grenada.
Alfredo Weatherhead, Director
Currently responsible for the day-to-day operations of several lines of business within the Sun Group, Alfredo Weatherhead also oversees the management of the entire Group of Companies in his position as Managing Director.
Previously, he has held numerous roles within the Weatherhead family business, starting as manager of the car rental arm in 1991, where he oversaw a period of significant expansion over seven years. He was also instrumental in the start-up and organization of Island Safari.
His longest operational stint prior to taking up his current role as Managing Director of the Group of Companies was with Going Places Travel, where as Managing Director from 1998 – 2007, he steered the expansion of the agency into other Caribbean territories as well as significantly expanding and innovating its operations in Barbados. He is still integrally involved with the agency chain in his current post.
Educated at St. Angela’s School and Presentation College in Barbados, Alfredo also holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Webber International University in Florida.
He is a past Director of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Advisory Council.
Alfredo is married with five lovely children - three girls and two boys.