Sir Trevor Hassell – President
Sir Trevor Hassell is a medical doctor, former Adjunct Professor of Medicine, the University of the West Indies, and Consultant Physician and Cardiologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, England.
Sir Trevor has held the positions of President of the Caribbean Cardiac Society, President of the Inter American Heart Foundation, and Vice President of the World Heart Federation. He is presently President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, a regional civil society alliance established to contribute to the prevention and control of NCDs; Chairman of the Barbados National Chronic Non Communicable Diseases Commission, and Barbados Special Envoy for Chronic Diseases.
Sir Trevor has been engaged for many years in all aspects of the response to NCDs in the Caribbean. In the past decade he contributed to the technical working paper for the Heads of Government of CARICOM Summit on NCDs, 2007; was an active contributing member of the Barbados Delegation to the UNHLM on NCDs, 2011, the UNGA NCD Review Meeting, 2014; and the 67th World Health Assembly. Over the past 8 years he has led the civil society effort in the Caribbean in advocacy, capacity building, and enhancement of communications applying initiatives that included hosting multi-stakeholder regional meetings to inform, consider and implement multi-sectoral approaches to NCDs.
In 2015 Sir Trevor was a member of the WHO GCM/NCD Working Group on how to realize governments’ commitments to engage with the private sector for the prevention and control of NCDs.
Sir Trevor is presently a member of the World Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF) International Policy Advisory Group, a member of The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Advisory Group on Advancing the Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Agenda in the Caribbean and a member of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) led Expert Advisory Group on Public Health Law in the Caribbean.
In 2013 Sir Trevor was appointed to the Order of Barbados as a Knight of St. Andrew in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the medical profession.
Maisha Hutton – Executive Director
Maisha Hutton is the Executive Director of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), the only regional alliance of over 100 NCD focused civil society organisations. Maisha holds a BSc in Microbiology, a MSc. in Molecular Biology and a PGDip in International Health. Prior to joining the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, she worked in HIV/AIDS and STI prevention and control for 10 years.
Maisha has been part of the HCC Team since 2012 where she is responsible for the daily operations and leading on the implementation of HCC’s strategic plan which is underpinned by five strategic pillars: accountability; advocacy; communication; capacity building; and sustainability.
The HCC Secretariat in collaboration with its civil society members – works with national, regional and international public and private partners to drive NCD policy and programming in a number of priority areas including: civil society capacity building; cervical cancer prevention; alcohol policy; tobacco control; food policy; childhood obesity; and strengthening mechanisms for a whole of government and whole of society multisectoral response to NCDs.
Ian Pitts – Digital Development Manager
Ian Pitts has been a part of the HCC Team in various capacities since the registration of the healthycaribbean.org domain name in 2008. He facilitated the website for the Healthy Caribbean 2008 – A Wellness Revolution Conference and continued to help grow the website platform as the success of the conference evolved into the formation of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition.
Ian has developed a strong design and technology skill set and he works on a majority of HCC’s digital outputs including the HCC website, the HCC News Roundup, infographics, various visuals, technical briefs and reports. Ian has also worked with other health focused organisations over the years including The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF), The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) and the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD).
Sheena Warner-Edwards – Social Media Coordinator & Communication Officer (HCC & GHAI Project)
Sheena Warner-Edwards holds a Masters of Public Health Degree from University of Essex (United Kingdom) and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from University of the West Indies (UWI). Sheena is the Social Media Coordinator for the HCC Team and Communication Officer on the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) Childhood Obesity Prevention Project.
Janea Ifill – Administrator (HCC & GHAI Project)
Janea Ifill holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Southern Caribbean which she completed in 2020. Janea joined the HCC Team as Administrator in 2021.
She volunteers and works closely with the Diabetes and Hypertension Association of Barbados (DHAB), where she facilities a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program to persons living with Diabetes. She has also coordinated a Healthy Eating and Wellness Project in select primary schools in Barbados from 2015 to 2018 with DHAB. This project targeted the eating habits of children between eight and eleven years old. She has a special interest in Nutrition and Disease Prevention and Childhood Obesity Prevention.
Janea practices as a Nutritionist at the Barbados Diabetes Foundation where she educates clients on how to improve their lifestyles and manage diabetes alongside a multidisciplinary team. She has written several Nutrition articles for the Nation’s Better Health Magazine.
In her spare time Janea can be found in her home garden where she grows her own vegetables. She has turned this love to a small business where she encourages others to do the same.
Danielle Walwyn – Advocacy Officer (GHAI Project)
Danielle Walwyn holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Health Promotion from Queen’s University (Canada). Her Master’s thesis research focused on exploring physical activity opportunities among adolescents in secondary schools in her home island, Antigua.
As Advocacy Officer, Danielle works alongside the HCC Team in implementing HCC’s regional obesity prevention project which targets the CARICOM Community with a focus on Barbados and Jamaica.
In her spare time, Danielle enjoys teaching fitness classes for children, adults and older adults. She is passionate about making diverse, enjoyable, physical activities accessible to all.
Kerrie Barker – Project Assistant (GHAI Project)
Kerrie Barker holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science with Management from Imperial College London (United Kingdom), which she completed in 2018. As part of this dual degree she completed two research projects, one focused on evaluating the impact of HIV/AIDS on work and home productivity in southern Africa and the other assessed how start-ups can be leveraged through open innovation techniques.
Her research interests include infectious and chronic disease epidemiology as well as data analytics and management for healthcare, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.
She joined the Healthy Caribbean Coalition at the beginning of 2019, first as a volunteer and later as the Project Assistant for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) funded Childhood Obesity Project. As Project Assistant, she supports the activities of the HCC Team in achieving project objectives and has conducted research projects aimed at examining the nutritional value of beverage and infant food products in Barbados.
Prior to joining the HCC, she worked on projects with the Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness, the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC) and Orbis International. When not working on HCC projects, Kerrie can likely be found at the pool or beach, or spending time with family. She enjoys learning and is currently attempting to master statistical software and the Spanish and Portuguese languages.