Board of Directors
Implementing good governance is a hallmark of COK Sodality Cooperative Credit Union Ltd (COK).
At each Annual General Meeting, COK’s members elect the Board of Directors. The Board consist of members from varying disciplines and professions who through their training and experience bring valuable guidance and direction to the work of the Credit Union. The principal role of the board of directors, as representatives of the shareholders, is to oversee COK’s primary functions and to ensure it continues to operate in the best interests and practices of all members involved. The Board ensures that corporate governance is maintained and strategic objectives are achieved. The Board of Directors operates as a cohesive unit and elects from within their numbers a President, Vice President(s), a Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and an Assistant Treasurer.
Members of the Board of Directors for 2016/2017 are:-
Steadman Pitterson joined the Board of Directors of COK Sodality in 2012. He possesses a wide range of experience in the field of general and financial management and has held senior management positions in a number of companies including: Lee Clarke Chang, Tyre World, Neal & Massy Group Ja., Ltd., Jamaica Oxygen & Acetylene Ltd., and Seprod Group of Companies. Mr. Pitterson is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - UK (FCCA) and the Institute of Chartered AccSteadman Pitterson joined the Board of Directors of COK Sodality in 2012. He possesses a wide range of experience in the field of general and financial management and has held senior management positions in a number of companies including: Lee Clarke Chang, Tyre World, Neal & Massy Group Ja., Ltd., Jamaica Oxygen & Acetylene Ltd., and Seprod Group of Companies. Mr. Pitterson is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - UK (FCCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (FCA). He is a director of the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew and in 2004, he attained the title of Kiwanian of the year. ountants of Jamaica (FCA). He is a director of the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew and was voted Kiwanian of the year in 2004.
Mr. Orville Christie is Chartered Accountant and Principal of Boldeck Jamaica, Auditors, Accountants and Consultants. Mr. Christie is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom and a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica. He is also a Canadian qualified Certified General Accountant (CGA). He has over twenty (20) years’ experience in external and internal auditing, accounting, taxation, business consulting, business valuation, information systems and information technology. Mr. Christie’s experience spans specialization in business planning, business loan assessment and business development for local and overseas entities. His industry knowledge covers sectors such as manufacturing, information technology, tourism, agriculture, banking, retail and fast food. He has chaired the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica Practitioners Development Committee and served on their Public Relations & Publications Committee .
Mr. Millen is a Chartered Accountant. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Computer based Management Information Systems from the University of the West Indies (UWI). He is a graduate of the College of Arts Science and Technology (now UTECH). He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica and of the Chartered Association of Certified Accounts. He is a certified Internal Auditor.
Trevor Blake - OD, JP
Trevor Blake joined the COK Sodality Board of Directors in 1983 and retired from the Board in 2003. He rejoined the Board in 2009. He is often regarded as a regional credit union stalwart due to his enormous contribution to the sector across the Caribbean for more than 40 years. He started at the Goodyear Employees' Credit Union in 1968, and then became a founding director and treasurer of the St. Thomas Co-operative Credit Union when the smaller credit unions in the parish merged in 1973. He later served both the COK Co-operative Credit Union and the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League as treasurer; and the Sodality Co-operative Credit Union as president. He was instrumental in establishing the City of Bridgetown Credit Union in Barbados in 1983, and served as chair of the Business Centre Committee of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) from 1997 to 2001. Being a service oriented individual, he has contributed to the work of the Lions' Club of St. Thomas and to school boards, including that of the esteemed, Hampton School for Girls since 1991. Mr. Blake was nationally recognized in 2004 with an Order of Distinction – Officer Class, for his voluntary service, primarily to the credit union sector, Mr. Blake doubles as Chief Executive Officer of Exotic Products Jamaica and Director of Finance at Boss Furniture Company.
Mr. Clive Medwynter, a business practitioner for over 19 years. Operates his own business, Paradigm Pioneers Incorporation since 1996 which is a leader in advertising specialty and promotional product distributor. Mr. Medwynter is an experienced Marketing Specialist and a believer in the core principles of marketing management. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences from UWI, Mona.
Debbie-Ann Gordon Crawford served COK Sodality as a member of the Supervisory Committee for two years before joining the Board of Directors in 2005. Before December 2004, Mrs. Crawford was the Tax Counsel and a Senior Tax Manager with the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since December 2005, she has practiced as Debbie-Ann Gordon & Associates, an associated law firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Mr. Albert “Bertie” Morris - OD
Honourary Director, Founder
Albert Morris, fondly referred to as “Bertie,” is the man who envisioned the establishment of a credit union that served the people of the City of Kingston regardless of their affiliation. He was the first President and was Vice President of the Board of Directors from 1988 to 2009. Mr. Morris, an active figure in the credit union movement, was also a founding member of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo.) Employees’ Credit Union and a co-founder of Jamaica Telephone Company (now Cable & Wireless) Employee’s Credit Union. In 2001, he received the National Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service to the Credit Union Movement.
Carol Anglin has served on the Board of Directors of COK Sodality since 1995. A Management consultant, she has more than 20 years’ experience in commerce and business development, qualitative and quantitative research, institutional development, marketing, export marketing management, sales management and organizational development. She is the currently the Managing Director of Ebony Business Printers.
Miss Hall is the Assistant Vice President Group Internal Audit at Sagicor Jamaica for thirteen (13) years. She manages the Internal Audit Function of the Sagicor Life Jamaica, Sagicor Bank and Sagicor Investments Jamaica. She was a member of the Supervisory Committee since May 2010. She is Financial Chartered Certified Accountant, and has a Certificate and a Diploma in International Risk Management.
Mr. Michael Martin, now retired is a financial expert who has worked in the accounting field for over 40 years. He was a former officer of the COK Board where he acted in the capacity of secretary and Assistant Treasurer for the period 1978 to 2007. He currently sits on the Debt Management Unit of the credit union. Mr. Martin has a Bachelors of Economics (Hons.) from the University of the West Indies.