The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, the organization serves more than 15,000 members in 67 countries, 100 chapters and 10,000 organizations.
The IABC/Barbados chapter was established by a vote of the IABC Executive Board on June 15, 2015.
PresidentMarilyn Sealy, B.A., M.A.
Marilyn Sealy is the Corporate Communications and Public Relations Manager at LIME Barbados.
She has worked extensively in the field of public relations and event management for the past 15 years and is a trained behaviour and social change communication specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Ryerson University In Toronto, Canada and an MA in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change from the University of the West Indies.
A consummate professional, she has more than a decade of experience working in the media in Barbados, first as a journalist in the broadcast and print sectors, then as a public relations and communications professional
Sealy, also serves as the Deputy Chairman of the board of the National HIV/AIDS Commission Barbados.
President ElectSara Odle B.A., MBA
Sara Odle, is the Managing Director of NISA Communications. She is also a tutor in Public Relations at the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity (BIMAP).
Sara graduated in 1988 from the University of Windsor, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies. In 2002, Sara earned an MBA from the University of Surrey, England.
Her corporate communication career has included financial services company, Sagicor, and telecommunications provider, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited. She joined IABC in 2008, and the Barbados chapter from its inception.
VP FinanceCarmel Haynes
Carmel is the Principal of Haynes Consulting, a bespoke public communications and business development consultancy catering primarily to not-for-profit and services-based clientele.
She is also contracted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as their Member Services Manager for the Caribbean and Florida. Carmel has led the communications strategies for two internationally funded regional environmental projects, and she has over a decade’s experience in print and web-based journalism.
Carmel is a Charter Member and Past President of the Progressive Optimist Club of Barbados, and she was designated as a Distinguished Secretary-Treasurer by Optimist International in 2014.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Literatures in English from the University of the West Indies and a Pg. Dip. (Merit) in International Business Management from the University of Surrey.
She is currently pursuing the ACCA Certified Accounting Technician accreditation.
VP MarketingTashida Cox, B.A., M.A.
Tashida Cox is the Founder of Three Publicity, a reputation management company and dFB Boutique, an exclusive fashion retail store.
Tashida has worked with a gamut of clients from consumer to luxury fashion and lifestyle brands in the worlds of digital communications, event planning and management, editorial writing and brand development.
She has managed and collaborated on events including fashion shows, cocktail parties, media conferences and high-profile functions across the Caribbean and England. Her editorial portfolio covers affluent fashion and lifestyle clients including Prey of London, Ted Baker, One Sandy Lane, Burberry and Louis Vuitton.
Her work has appeared in esteemed publications like Elite Traveler (USA), BRIDES (UK) and Simply Abu Dhabi (UAE) and a handful of Caribbean-based magazines. Additionally, she is presently the Vice-President and Head of PR & Marketing for the Miss Barbados World Organisation and the Caribbean Style Editor for Caribbean POSH, British Virgin Islands.
VP AdministrationFay Cooke-Nurse
Fay Cooke-Nurse’s career in journalism and public relations began in 1993 when she became a freelance writer for a regional Caribbean newspaper, Caribbean Week. Three years later, she joined the Barbados Advocate as a journalist and continued in this field for six years, during which time she won a PAHO award for Health Journalism.
She ventured into Public Relations when she joined the Government Information Service, working as an Assistant Information Officer which saw her hosting the first episode of Environmentally Yours, along with working as a press officer attached to the Ministry of the Environment.
It was in 2003 that she handled regional project management as a Public Relations/Public Education Consultant with Saunders-Franklyn Associates and later as a Senior Account Executive when the company rebranded as SFA Communications Inc. While there, Fay managed the media relations for the nine host venues during ICC CWC WI 2007; project managed the New Colour of Money, a US public education campaign to combat counterfeit currency by introducing new US $20 and $50 denominations with enhanced security features; produced an educational video for UNICEF to dispel the myths of HIV/AIDS among pre-teens; managed other UN public education projects and local projects. She also supervised the Media Monitoring service provided to SFA’s clients.
Since becoming a PR & Media Relations Consultant in 2010 and founding MILLENNIUM COMMUNICATIONS in 2012, Fay’s projects have included website writer/editor for the Barbados Community College website as a subcontractor of Clearly Content; regional event co-ordination of the CSME teacher training seminar ‘CSME Public Educational Programme: Interventions for Schools’ in six territories as a subcontractor of SFA Communications Inc; press release writing; scripting and video production; and media analysis.
She has also provided internal PR and media relations services to Banks Holdings Ltd’s Public Relations Department; managed a regional brand awareness campaign for Pinnacle Safety Solutions Inc and provided services to the Barbados Christian Council.
VP MembershipNicole Stuart
Nichole presently works at The Barbados Light & Power Company Ltd. as Communications Coordinator, specializing in external communications. There she has expanded her knowledge, experience and passion for a field which she describes as the lifeblood within any organization. Nichole is always willing to embrace new challenges and is excited about her opportunity to serve as Co-VP Marketing for IABC Barbados.
VP CommunicationsCarol Walcott
Carol Walcott is currently Markets Regional Coordinator at PricewaterhouseCoopers East Caribbean, a leading Barbados-based professional services firm. In this role she works closely with the Marketing and Communications group of PwC in the Caribbean to create and execute marketing, PR and communications plans for the region as well as for the Barbados firm. She is also responsible for event planning, brand management and corporate communications.
After graduating from Queen’s College and the Academy of Commerce & Technical Skills, Carol spent 11 years in the UK honing her skills in office administration, event planning and information technology. Whilst there she had the opportunity to organise one of her largest events at Alexandra Palace, and she completed a broadcast journalism course, part of which involved recording a radio programme at the BBC studios in London. On her return to Barbados and prior to joining PwC, she worked for local companies including DGM Bank & Trust, Sagicor and Sunlinc. Carol’s strong interest in internal communication and employee motivation encouraged her to join the IABC.
VP Professional DevelopmentCarolyn Williams-Gayle
Carolyn Williams-Gayle is a wife, mother and communications practitioner, currently honing her skills in Barbados at the island’s primary acute care hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). Prior to the QEH she provided communication consultancy services as an independent practitioner.
Over the last decade, she has built on her knowledge, skills and experience across all sectors, from private to public and not-for-profits.
Senior DelegateSophia Cambridge, B.A., M.A.
Sophia joined the BHL Group in 2000 as the Communications Specialist and two years later was promoted to Group Public Relations Manager. Her duties are varied and include planning budgets; strategically developing the group’s Corporate Communications programmes; managing internal and external communication projects; advising senior management on media relations, crisis management and employee engagement; developing print and electronic communication tools to disseminate information throughout the group of companies; and Image Management. This award winning professional has studied in Barbados, the UK and Austria.