Deanroy Bernard

Deanroy Bernard currently serves as the Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Entertainment, Culture and Special Projects in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Mr. Bernard is formerly the Permanent Secretary and CEO of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) where he was appointed in 2016. The MOEYI is the largest Ministry in the Government with close to 40,000.00 employees, over 1,000 schools, 7 Regions and over 600,000 students. As Permanent Secretary Mr. Bernard had administrative responsibility for an annual budget in excess of J$100 billion or US$700 million.

He led the successful change over from the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) to the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Ministry. Mr. Bernard was instrumental in Ministry’s successful staff upskilling programme, which targeted the enrolment of over 300 employees without degrees into degree programmes, with many now proud graduates and more able to give more effective and efficient service to the stakeholders. His administration also saw the upskilling of over 400 bursars, leading to more effective financial and administrative management in the schools. Mr. Bernard was also responsible for the implementation of the Ministry’s Risk Management Framework and the rebranding of the Ministry’s Performance Management Appraisal Programme and the related awards ceremony.

Prior to becoming Permanent Secretary, Mr. Bernard served as Director of Compliance and Post Audit in the MOEYI, with responsibility for the financial management compliance and the enforcement of the laws surrounding the administration of the Public Service of Jamaica.

Mr. Bernard chaired the Audit Committee of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce between 2011 and 2016. He was also Head Lecturer at the Justice Training Institute between 2004 and 2016. Mr. Bernard is a former Deputy Director for the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre for Caricom, with responsibility for border security analysis, counter terrorism, geo-political analysis, major events security coordination, financial intelligence and counter terrorism financing analysis.

Prior to that Mr. Bernard served for over seven years as a Manager, Forensic Accounting in the Financial Investigation Division, where he was a pioneer in the establishment of the Division and a member of drafting committees on significant pieces of legislation to counter money laundering and terrorism financing in Jamaica.

Mr. Bernard is a qualified Attorney-at-Law with ten years’ experience at the Bar in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and with experience in property conveyance, family law, succession, commercial and civil litigation.

Mr. Bernard holds Master in Constitutional Law degree from the Georgia State College of Law, USA, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London and a two year post graduate certification in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School. Mr. Bernard also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and is a qualified Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) having passed the required licensing examinations administered by the California Board of Accountancy in 2004.

Mr. Bernard is a firm believer in fairness and equity, professional standards, and the rule of law. He believes in equal opportunities and that rewards should flow from hard and smart work; that success should go hand in hand with humility and dignity; and that God is the giver of all good gifts.

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