Executive Directors

Barry O'Brien

Barry O’Brien is the co-founder and Managing Director of Williams Caribbean Capital.


Amongst other present roles he is Jamaica’s diplomatic representative to Ireland as the Honourary Consul from Jamaica to Ireland., he is Chairman of GrowthPartners, an Independent Board Director of MFG Bank Jamaica and an associate Director of Berkeley Research Group.


From 2008 to March 2017, Barry was a senior CEO with the Digicel Group. From 2008 to 2015 for the Digicel Group he was CEO of Barbados, CEO Eastern Caribbean and CEO of Jamaica and Cayman.


From 2015 to 2017, Barry was a member of the Digicel Group senior management team where he was responsible for diversifying the revenue base of the Group from primarily voice. He was CEO of New Business, CEO Fintech, Group Business Development Director, Director of M&A and a Board Director of over 30 Digicel businesses.


From 2004 to 2008, Barry was CEO of a Telco Big Data software company called TheNowFactory which was sold to IBM for €115m. From 1996 to 2004, Barry worked mainly in the high tech sector working as a senior technical and business development consultant for companies such as Motorola, Ericsson, Rodhe Swartz, Nokia, Jinny Software, Hewlett Packard and IBM. From 1994 to 1996 Barry was a lecturer in physics and

engineering at the Cork Institute of Technology.


Barry has a 1st Class honour degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork, a Diploma in Business Management from the College of Ireland, a Diploma in Board Direction from the Irish Management Institute and is a Chartered Board Director with the Institute of Directors of the UK and Ireland.

Ciaran Burke

Ciarán is the co-founder and co-Managing Director of Williams Caribbean Capital. 


After over 10 years with the Digicel Group across multiple financial and operational roles, Ciarán set-up the investment business New Caribbean Capital Partners with Barry O’Brien in February 2017 and subsequently formed a joint venture with Williams Industries Inc. to form Williams Caribbean Capital.


Ciarán held various roles within the Digicel Group between 2006 and 2017:


  • CEO and CFO in Digicel Barbados.
  • Regional CFO 
  • CEO of Digicel Grenada.
  • CEO of Growth Opportunities in the Eastern Caribbean 
  • Held over 20 directorships across a diverse portfolio of newly acquired businesses

Prior to joining Digicel in 2006 Ciarán spent 8 years in international accounting and auditing, financial consulting and corporate governance across the private and public sectors in the EMEA and Caribbean regions with BDO and EY in Ireland, before moving to the Caribbean working for Deloitte in Barbados. 


Ciaran is currently the only independent director and Chairman of the Finance Committee at the Barbados Golf Club 


Education


  • Ciarán is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Barbados. 
  • BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University, Ireland.  
  • Scholarship winner to the Boston College, Carroll School of Management.
  • Future Leaders programme at the Wharton Business School in University of Pennsylvania. 
  • Diploma in Corporate Finance with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.  

Our Directors

Ralph "Bizzy" Williams - Director

Ralph Williams is the Founder and Chairman of Williams Industries Incorporated. He is the holder of an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of the West Indies, a visionary and calculated risk taker with an uncanny ability to spot business opportunities in the bleakest of circumstances. Over the last 43 years, his knack for selecting skilled leaders and dedicated staff has helped him build one of the Caribbean’s leading conglomerates on a foundation of integrity, honesty, and determination.   Bizzy, as he is affectionately called, has been recognized both regionally and internationally for his outstanding success. The Gold Crown of Merit of Barbados, the Ernst & Young Caribbean Entrepreneur of the year and World Entrepreneur of the Year in multiple enterprise creation are among the many awards he has received. Mr. Williams prides himself on having developed a strong business model. One that has lent itself to the development of a prosperous enterprise that strives to share the benefits with all of those who have worked hard to make it successful. He is recognized for his sterling contribution to business and industry in Barbados 

David Staples - Director

David develops new business opportunities with a focus on infrastructure and businesses in the sustainable “green economy” sector. David has been a leader in introducing Public Private Partnerships to Barbados and non-recourse project financing structures.   He has led efforts in the development of Renewable Energy, Water and Wastewater and Solid waste businesses. Additionally, he has been responsible for the development of Millennium Heights, Apes Hill, Price Smart, the First Caribbean Headquarters in Warrens, the Spring Garden desalination plant and Sustainable Barbados Recycling Center. Mr. Staples is also Chairman of Doyle Offshore Sails in St Philip and Concordia Manufacturing in the U.S.   He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree from Harvard University. He has been resident in Barbados since 1983.  

Tom Hall

Tom Hall is the former Chief Executive Officer of Williams Industries Inc. He commenced his tenure as CEO in September 2014 and finished in July 2018. He is the holder of a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the revered London School of Business and has years of experience in banking and finance under his belt.    His affiliation with the company stems a generation back, to when his father, John Hall and Ralph “Bizzy” Williams ventured into business together. This partnership formed the West Indies branch of BRC, which has continued to this day and recently celebrated 35 years of manufacturing and providing top quality steel.    

Tom has been a Director for four years and his family has been shareholders for over a decade. His strong financial background, familial ties to Williams Industries and international exposure have made him an excellent addition to the management team.  

Leonard Payne

Leonard recently retired as Chief Financial Officer of the Williams Industries group and is now an active Board Director of the Williams Industries group and Chairman of the Audit Committee.    

Senior Managers

Renee Evelyn - Operations Director

Renee has 18 years’ experience in the Commercial Real Estate and Renewable Energy sectors primarily with Williams Industries. She has a diverse knowledge base in all aspects of project development processes, real estate portfolio management, finance, legal and regulatory, bid preparation and project planning.

Charlene Holder - Financial Controller

Charlene is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Barbados with 12 years’ experience as an accountant, including 7 years in audit with PwC as Senior Accountant and 3 years as Financial Controller with an international pharmaceutical company.