#TurksandCaicos, March 15, 2021 – The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is one of the two most powerful Standing Committees in the House of Assembly – the other being the Appropriations Committee.
The PAC’s role is to retrospectively review public sector expenditure and hold the Government of the day to account for that expenditure. Section 122(1) of the Constitution sets out that it is chaired by the Opposition. Based on the current composition of the House, it is likely to have two members from the Government benches along with two expert members: one appointed by the Governor and one by the Speaker. Amongst other matters the Committee looks closely at reports from the Auditor General. As a Standing Committee of the House, the appointment lasts for four years.
As a result I have been asked to nominate an expert member to this Committee and have chosen to appoint Mrs Ruth Forbes.
Mrs. Forbes has a Diploma in Business Administration (Honours) from University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Barry University, Florida, USA. She successfully completed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examinations in 2003 and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2014. Prior to joining FortisTCI in 2006, she served as Senior Auditor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Turks and Caicos Islands.
At FortisTCI, Ruth served as Company Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Services, and was appointed as President and CEO of FortisTCI in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in August 2020. She stands as one of the few female CEOs in the utility sector serving the Caribbean region. Ruth currently serves as a Director on the Board of Fortis Ontario a sister utility of FortisTCI.
Ruth is a former Director of the Turks and Caicos Airports Authority Board and the Turks and Caicos National Insurance Board. She is also a philanthropist and founder of “Jewels Ablaze” a not-for-profit organization geared at mentoring, developing and supporting young women in the community.
This career, and set of professional qualifications will, I believe, allow Ruth to serve TCI well as an expert member of the PAC and brings much skill learned in the accounting and private business sector into a key Committee in the House of Assembly.
Ruth’s appointment completes the three appointments I make to support the work of the Legislature. Along with Harold Charles and Willin Belliard I believe this appointment brings a full range of diverse expertise, skill and background into the House and I’m confident all three will make important contributions to these Islands’ future. I wish all three well.
Nigel Dakin CMG
H.E. Governor Turks and Caicos Islands