Leadership

Board of Directors:

A Board of Directors is appointed by the Minister of Finance to provide effective governance over the management and administration of the Corporation and is accountable to its owners for fulfilling the purposes of the Corporation. The Board of Directors is comprised of nine (9) members selected as follows:

  • The Chair – One (1) person, not being a person holding an office of emolument in the Public Service of Belize, appointed by the Minister of Finance;
  • Five (5) persons representing the Private Sector and drawn from:
    • Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Belize Bar Association
    • Belize Institute of Chartered Accountants
    • Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize
    • Belize Credit Union League
  • Three (3) Government Representatives, as follows:
    • The Financial Secretary (or a representative appointed by the Financial Secretary)
    • The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Economic Development (or a representative appointed by the CEO)
    • The Chief Executive Officer (Agriculture) in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture (or a representative appointed by the CEO)

Mr. Dennis Jones - Chairman

Chairman Dennis Jones was re-appointed to his second term on the DFC Board of Directors on April 1, 2015. He is the Managing Director of the Belize Enterprise for Sustainable Technology (BEST) and has served in this capacity since July 1997. In the span of his career, he also served in several leadership capacities including: Executive Director for the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research; Executive Director for the Belize Credit Union League; Life Underwriter for the Belize Insurance Company; Project Manager for Cooperative Housing Foundation, Maryland, U.S.A. Chairman Jones holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies

Ms. Yvette Alvarez – Deputy Chairman

Deputy Chair Yvette Alvarez is the Ex-officio Director representing the Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance on the Board of Directors. Deputy Chair Alvarez is a long-standing member of the Board and was re-appointed on March 1, 2015. She has held several committee leadership positions on the Board. She is also Chair the Board of Management and Board Risk Management Committees and also serves on the Legal Advisory and Audit Committees.

Deputy Chair Alvarez is a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance. She brings to the DFC Board, many years of experience in the country’s financial system, which include her service in the following leadership capacities at the Central Bank of Belize: Deputy Governor overseeing the Economic and Financial Analysis Branch, and as Senior Manager of the Research Department.

Mr. Jose Alpuche – Director

Director Jose Alpuche is as an Ex-Officio Director representing the Ministry of Agriculture. He is a long-standing member of the DFC Board of Directors, and was re-appointed to the DFC Board of Directors on April 1, 2015. Director Alpuche serves as a member on the Board/Management Credit Committee.

Director Alpuche is the Chief Executive Officer (Agriculture) in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture. He has also served in the following leadership capacities: CEO of the Belize Agro-Productive Sector Group; Ministry of Foreign Affairs in diplomatic postings to London as First Secretary, and Brussels as Chargé d’ Affaires; Belize’s Representative to the World Trade Organization; Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade; Chief Negotiator for Belize’s first Bilateral Trade Agreement with Guatemala; Executive Chairman of BELTRAIDE, Belize’s Trade and Investment Development Agency.

Mrs. Lizbeth Castillo – Director

Director Lizbeth Castillo serves as a Private Sector Director nominated by the Belize Credit Union League. She was appointed to the DFC Board of Directors on April 1, 2015 and serves on the Legal Advisory Committee.

Director Castillo is a retired Public Officer who served for 36 years at the Income Tax Department in several managerial capacities. She is the current President of the Civil Service Credit Union and Secretary of the Belize Credit Union League. She holds a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies.

Mrs. Eleanor Bodden Gillett – Director

Director Eleanor Bodden Gillett serves as a Private Sector Director nominated by the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize. She was appointed to the DFC Board of Directors on March 1, 2015 and serves on the Board/Management Credit Committee and the Audit Committee.

Director Gillett is the Dean of Wesley Junior College.

Ms. Yvonne S. Hyde – Director

Director Yvonne S. Hyde serves as an Ex-Officio Director representing the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. She is a long-standing member of the DFC Board of Directors and was re-appointed to the Board on March 1, 2015. She serves as a member of the Board/Management Credit Committee.

Director Hyde is the Chief Executive Officer (Economic Development) in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. She previously served in various leadership capacities, including: Ambassador of Belize to the European Union, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands; Permanent Representative to the WTO-Brussels, Belgium; Minister-Counselor, Embassy of Belize, Washington, USA; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development; Economic Cooperation Officer, Office of Planning and Investment; Economist, Ministry of Finance; Economist, Caribbean Development Bank, Barbados; Economist, Central Planning Unit of Belize; Executive Assistant to the Minister of Budget Management, Investment and Trade; and Economic Policy Coordinator, Ministry of Economic Development.

Mr. Kent Herrera – Director

Director Kent Herrera is a Private Sector Director nominated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Belize. He was appointed to the DFC Board of Directors on March 1, 2015. He serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Board of Management and Board Risk Management Committees.

Director Herrera is the Chief Financial Officer of the Citrus Products of Belize Limited. He has over 17 years of experience in financial management in Belize’s citrus industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Fordham University in New York, is a graduate and member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), and also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Belize.

Mrs. Andrea McSweaney Mckoy – Director

Director Andrea McSweaney Mckoy serves as a Private Sector Director nominated by the Bar Association of Belize. She was appointed to the DFC Board of Directors on March 1, 2015. She serves as the Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee, and also serves on the Board of Management and Board Risk Management Committees.

Director McSweaney Mckoy is an Attorney-at-Law who earned her LL.B. (Hons.) in 2002 from the University of the West Indies, and her Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in 2004.

Mr. Allen P. Reimer – Director

Director Allen P. Reimer serves as a Private Sector Director, nominated by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). He was re-appointed on April 1, 2015, to serve a second term on the DFC Board of Directors. He is the Chair of the Board/Management Credit Committee, and also serves on the Board of Management Committee.

Director Reimer is a business owner, who also serves on the Executive Council of the BCCI.

Committees:

The Board of Directors has appointed five (5) Standing Committees as follows:

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee oversees the audit process and assists the Board of Directors by providing an independent review and monitoring of the effectiveness of the financial operations, the financial reporting process, internal control and risk management systems of the Corporation.

Board of Management Committee

The Board of Management oversees the effective operations of the Corporation, particularly, activities which relate to the pursuit of the DFC Mission, promoting the image and the financial sustainability of the Corporation, and the effective implementation of the Strategic Development Plan. It also collaborates with Management and advises the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the role and positioning of the organization, objectives and services of DFC, the structure and major business practices.

Board/Management Credit Committee

The Board/Management Credit Committee is responsible for ensuring the effective and transparent delivery and administration of credit, with a constant view to the Mission, the image and the financial sustainability of the Corporation.

Board Risk Management Committee

The Board Risk Management Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its risk-related role and responsibility by ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures and practices are in place to effectively handle the risks to which the Corporation is exposed.

Legal Advisory Committee

The Legal Advisory Committee assists the Board in the review of legal opinions and other legal documentation and oversees the proper administration of the loans under recovery by DFC’s attorney.

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