Notable Alumni

We are proud to mention various high achievements of our alumni. These outstanding exploits continue to add to the rich history of Manning's. The wonderful works and the alumni who carry them out serve to inspire current students and enrich the proud legacy of our Manning’s School and the nation.




Hon. Justice James Sewell Kerr OJ. P.C. Q.C


The Hon. Justice James Sewell Kerr was a Past Student of Manning’s School a former Head Boy (1938) and Public Servant par excellence.

He sat the Civil Service Examination in 1941 and was assigned to the Resident Magistrate Court as an Assistant Clerk. James Kerr took the Deputy Clerk of the Courts Examination, was successful and was appointed to that post.  He served in several parishes, always giving excellent service.                        

In 1955 he went to England to study Law at Lincoln’s Inn and in the final examination was placed second in the world.

Justice James Kerr career continued as Clerk of the Courts, Resident Magistrate, Crown Council, Legal Attaché to the Jamaican High Commission in London England; Director of Prosecutions (1968). His legal prowess included 17 consecutive victories in the Privy Council. He was considered to be the “only true authority on the Jamaican Constitution”. He became Judge of the Court Appeal where he served for eleven years until his retirement. Justice Kerr also served as a judge on the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal from its inception in 1984 until 1999 and Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He was an Associate Tutor at the Norman Manley Law School in Criminal Practice and Procedures from 1975-1998. He was awarded the Order of Jamaica (O.J) for his outstanding contributions to the justice system.

He was appointed the first Political Ombudsman of Jamaica in October 1988 and the second Parliamentary Ombudsman of Jamaica in May 1991 succeeding Mr Errington George Green.

The Hon. Justice James Kerr died on February 19, 2005.


The Hon. Justice James S. Kerr Award for Service Excellence

This award, named in honour of a distinguished former Head Boy of Manning’s School, who rose to the office of Director of Public Prosecutions and became the first Political Ombudsman of Jamaica is awarded annually by the Manning’s School Past Student’s Association, to the past student who epitomises excellence in public service at the national or international level. To be eligible for nomination the past student should, in addition to possessing an excellent record of service

  • Have attended Manning’s School for at least three(3) years

  • Have made some contribution to the School community or the Past Student’s Association

  • Have demonstrated humanitarian and charitable qualities

  • Have significant personal or public accomplishments.

The Hon. Justice James S. Kerr Award for Service Excellence was inaugurated in November 23, 2007.

The following persons have been the recipients of the Award

2007*** Mrs Gloria Salmon

2008***Mrs Hazel Monteith

2009*** Mr Carl Brown (posthumous)

2010*** Mr Victor Lowe

2011***Mr Brian Goldson

2012***Mr Clarence Clarke

2014***Mr Anton Tomlinson


October 28, 2015








           Jamaica, WI


Systems Analyst and Technical Specialist

2011 – 2015                 Local Development Corporation of Crown Heights   

  • Project Manager - for 23 Low Income and Senior citizens – interface with contractors, engineers, architects and government agencies in developing  moderate and market based apartment complexes.            

 2001 – 2011                 NAACP New York City ACT-SO, New York

  • Chairman & Executive Director -  ACT-SO's primary goal is to instill in black youths the                     desire for high scholastic and cultural achievement by mobilizing parents, teachers and adults from churches, businesses, professional and community organizations to support and encourage our youth. 

1978 – 11/2001             SalamonSmithBarney-Investment Bank, New York 

  • Member of the System Management Service Team, providing support locally and internationally for more than 100 trading operations. 
  • Support of the Economic Trading Profit and Loss system producing gross economic trading profit and loss information for all trading operations, on a daily basis, necessitating interfacing and meeting with users from several divisions in the Firm. 

1970-1978                   Weeden & Co. – Brokerage Firm, New York

  • Developed major systems for the Firm, including customer portfolio management, trade capture and reporting, stock watch analysis for investor forecasting.


Founding member and President of several successful community based not-for-profit programs and organizations – NAACP New York City ACT-SO; the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations; the Manning’s Alumni Associations and the Jamaican Alumni Educational Development Program.

    • · 1968: Member, President Lyndon Johnson's and Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s Program for Youth. Member of a task force which developed and implemented a national youth intervention program to motivate and encourage “at-risk” youth across the United States to stay in school and become productive citizens.

      · 1981-1984 President, Parent Teacher’s Association, P.S. 235, Brooklyn, New York.  As president was an integral part of a very successful program for this elementary school. The program SOAR (Stimulated and Outstanding Achievement in Reading) is an enrichment program for academically gifted children. The main focus is on math, French, Computer skills and Reading 

      · 1983: Community Board Representative for District 18, Brooklyn, New York.  Provided the leadership in bringing programs designed to help residents of the East Flatbush community in the areas of education and early childhood development.  

      · 1987: Co-founder/developer of NAACP NYC ACT-SO. Chairman NAACP New York City ACT-SO since 1994. The NAACP New York City ACT-SO Program for Black High School Students.  The program was developed in Chicago in 1975, to encourage and inspire and train black youths towards excellence by providing an arena where students are motivated to excel and compete in the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.  The New York City enrichment program has serviced more than 6,750 inner-city youth over the past 15 years, with 90% attending colleges and universities after graduation with the others starting careers in the private sector.  These tertiary institutions included some of the most prestigious in the Unites States.  Was directly responsible for raising over $250,000 annually for the program’s operating budget. 

      · 1987: President (1988-1993) and co-founder, Manning’s High School Alumni Association, New York Chapter.  Coordinating efforts of past students and sponsors of Manning's High School in Jamaica, W.I. who reside in New York Metropolitan area to hold fundraising events for providing our alma mater with financial help and educational supplies 

      · 1990: Co-founder, The Union of Jamaican Alumni Association, USA Inc. (UJAA).  Instrumental in creating an umbrella organization of over forty Jamaican Alumni Associations operating in the United States.  1994 - 1996 Vice President. President since 1996.  This body comprises alumni associations of Jamaican schools on all levels: primary, secondary and tertiary. The organization provides a critical liaison function between education government officials here in the United States and Jamaica.

      • Instrumental in developing and implementing a funding program model which generated more than $1.2 million dollars over six years for the benefit of providing educational assistance to students in Jamaica, W.I. and in United States. This funding model was replicated by a similar Jamaican based alumni organization in Toronto, Canada.
      • 1999: Co-founder & Co-Chairman, Jamaican Alumni Education Development Program  (JAEDP)  –  Spearheaded a partnership between UJAA (United States) and the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Toronto (AAJA) in an endeavor to provide assistance to students at the primary school and early childhood levels in Jamaica, W.I. 



1957 - 1962: Manning’s High School,


                    Jamaica, WI 

1966 – 1968: New York City Community College, Brooklyn, New York

                     Associates in Mechanical Engineering 

1968 - 1974: Brooklyn College, Brooklyn New York City

                    Bachelor of Science, Major Computer Science; Minor Psychology


Internet Access, Lotus Spreadsheet, Lotus Freelance,  Windows, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Mark-IV, RAMISII, Fortran, COBOLII & IBM IMS-DC 


  • 1994 – Recipient of the prestigious Martin Luther King Junior, “Measure Of A Man” award from the State of New York NAACP.   
  • Father of Year Award from Friends of Maxfield Park Children’s Home
  • Community Service Awards from the following New York based Jamaican Alumni Associations - Manning’s, Wolmer’s, Calabar,  St. Andrew, Immaculate, Giddy Hall and MICO Alumni Associations; 
  • The Consul General of Jamaica Award for Humanitarian and Community Service.
  • The Honourable Justice James S. Kerr Award for Service Excellence - Manning’s  School, Jamaica


Enjoys different genres of music including SKA, Jamaican Mento, Reggae, R & B, Calypso, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and West African. 

A collector of Classic Model Car Replicas and is a sports enthusiast.

Sports achievement:

* Member Manning's DaCosta Cup Football (Soccer) Team 

June 4, 2015 



Steve A. Buddington, Ph.D. MSW, LMSW

High School: Manning's 1972 - 1976


Dr. Steve A. Buddington is a Professor of Social Work at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and is the Program Coordinator of the Social Work Program. He is a former department Chair. He is a current member of Dillard University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). He is a co-coordinator of the Center for Teaching Learning, and Academic Technology (CTLAT), a faculty development entity at Dillard University, which is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Dr. Buddington is a member of the Faculty Senate, a faculty governance entity on which he has served numerous times, and is a former Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate. His service to the university has been extensive, serving on every university committee as a member and/or as an officer. He is an adjunct faculty member at Southern University at New Orleans and Tulane University, Graduate School of Social Work and has served on numerous doctoral committees and as consultant to doctoral students.

A native of Jamaica, West Indies, Dr. Buddington earned his B.Sc. in Natural Sciences (major: computer science) from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; his Baccalaureate of Business Administration (B.B.A) from Northwood University, Midland, Michigan; his Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), Louisiana; and his doctor of philosophy, in Social Work, from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

As a Program Coordinator, Dr. Buddington is responsible for conducting curriculum development, assessment and review in the major. He is also responsible for conducting curriculum development relative to the courses in the “general education program/curriculum”, advising, and the degree audits of all majors. Dr. Buddington, in consultation and collaboration with the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Chairs, Deans, Program Coordinators, faculty members, and the other pertinent university entities, developed a “Blended/Hybrid Weekend Social Work Degree Program”.

Dr. Steve Buddington has extensive teaching and research experience –teaching research methodology and statistics courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Buddington has published in the areas of ethnicity and race, acculturation, education, social welfare and public policy; and social and economic justice among the Jamaican immigrant and the Black/Minority/African-American populations, in journals such as the International Social Work Journal, Research Association of Minority Professors, Journal of Justice Studies, and a book entitled “Voices of historical and contemporary Black American pioneers”( Ed. by. L. Farmer & E. G. Shepherd-Wynn). He has also presented numerous articles at local, regional, and national conferences. He is also the recipient of many public and private grants – totaling approximately $700,000.

Dr. Buddington has been instrumental in the development of many policy and personnel’ documents for faculty including: the Faculty Handbook, Tenure and Promotion, Sabbatical Leave, Faculty Grants Proposal Submission Guidelines, Institutional Review Board Policy and Procedural Manual of Operations and Protocol. Dr. Buddington served as the Parliamentarian of the Faculty and previously served as the Vice-President for two years.  His tenure as Chair of IRB was highly recognized by the university. Prior to his term, there was not a fully developed or implemented IRB Faculty Handbook, IRB Policy and Procedure Manual or process.   He was instrumental in developing University’s’ Quality Enhancement Plan and assisted in Dillard University’s reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

 As Co-Coordinator of the Center for Teaching Learning and Academic Technology, Dr. Buddington spearheaded efforts to increase the participation of junior level faculty members in professional development training and initiatives.  Engaging and motivating all faculty members in the instructional and/or organizational development including senior faculty has been part of his program outreach.  Dr. Buddington has chaired programmatic thrusts, presented, facilitated, developed and implemented training on all levels: administrative, faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Buddington has served on numerous local, regional and national committees in various capacities such as evaluator/assessor, performance improvement consultant and as a fund raiser. Specifically, Dr. Buddington as a board member of Shelter Resources, dba Belle Revelle, a social service agency serving families and individuals with HIV/AIDS, was instrumental along with other board members and the director, in raising millions of dollars to restore the facility, post Hurricane Katrina, structurally and financially. Dr. Buddington is at this time a recipient – has been previously - of the coveted Barron Hilton Endowed Professorship in Sociology – a funding source that supported many of his research. Dr. Buddington views volunteerism as one of the greatest gift from humanity to humanity for the holistic betterment of humanity. 

Sports achievement:

* Member Manning's DaCosta Cup Football (Soccer) Team 


May 2, 2015

Geanine Chambers-Sibblies 

Human Rights Consultant  B.A.,M.A.,LL.M, (ADR)

High School: Manning's 1958 - 1965


Geanine Sibblies has worked in the field of equity for all of her adult life. For the past twenty-five years Geanine has focused on human rights, race relations, diversity, social justice, public education, training and volunteerism. 

Her most recent employment was with the Ministry of the Attorney General. She worked in the Mediation and Investigation Branch of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. 

In her roles of Human Rights Mediator and Investigator, Geanine has assessed human rights complaints pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and other legislation, gathered oral and documentary evidence, investigated and conciliated complaints, and mediated conflicts and tension within the employment and service sectors. She is also versed in the assessment and analysis of evidence, writing reports and making recommendations for public interest remedies. In 1998, Geanine was recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Commission as its top mediator. Geanine managed one of the Commission’s three Toronto offices for six months prior to their merger into one unit. As a senior employee Geanine has been instrumental in developing staff training material and was a member of the Commission’s team entrusted with developing a Public Education Strategy. 

Geanine made a presentation on “Transparent Human Rights and the Social Justice System” to the International Ombudsman Conference held in Bermuda in 2008, and more recently in 2012, trained the staff of the Bermuda Human Rights Commission.  She is also a certified adjudicator and has acted as a Mediator/Judge in the first Canadian National Mediator Advocacy Competition held in Toronto in 2009.   

Geanine is the On-Screen presenter for the Ontario-wide compulsory Training Video, “Working Together, the Ontario Human Rights and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act”, produced by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, 2012-2013. For one of her Masters’ theses she explored the dynamics of the West Indian family structure and for the other, she focused on Race based mediation.

Currently, Geanine is a Human Rights and Social Justice Consultant, specializing in Mediation, Investigation, and Training.






March 2015


Name: Kaliese Spencer

D.O.B.: May 6, 1987 (Manchester, Jamaica)

High School: Manning’s School

Club: M.V.P. Track and Field Club

President: Bruce James

Coach: Stephen Francis

Personal Records: 50.19 (400m), 52.79 (400m hurdles)

Endorsements: Nike


Kaliese is a graduate of the Manning’s School.  She joined the MVP Track and Field Club in 2005.  In her first year at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica, she won the Gold Medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships for the 400m hurdles.  In so doing Kaliese broke the Jamaican National Junior record running 55.11 seconds. 

 Other highlights of Kaliese’s young athletic career include winning a Silver medal at the 2009 World Championships as a member of Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team and winning the IAAF 2010 Diamond League title for the 400m hurdles.  Kaliese is the first Jamaican to achieve the title of Diamond League Champion and the only Jamaican to have won the Diamond League in each of the first three years of its existence (2010, 2011, 2012).  In 2014 Kaliese won all there was to win in the 400m hurdles, Gold Commonwealth Games, Diamond League Champion and IAAF Continental Cup Gold. Here is a list of some of her achievements:

  •    Won the 2006 World Junior Championships Gold Medal in the 400-meter hurdles.
  •   Jamaica’s National Junior Record Holder in the 400-meter hurdles at 55.11 seconds.  
  •   Won a Silver Medal as a part of Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin.
  •   2010 IAAF Diamond League Champion in the 400-meter hurdles event.
  •   The recipient of the 2009 Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Sports. 
  •   Ranked number One in the World for 2010 in the 400-meter hurdles.  ( 
  •   2011 IAAF Diamond League Champion in the 400- meter hurdles event. 
  •   2012 IAAF Diamond League Champion in the 400- meter hurdles event. 
  •   Represented Jamaica at the 2012 London Olympics.
  •   Ranked number One in the World for 2012 in the 400-meter hurdles.  (Track and Field News).
  •   Number one ranked Jamaican 400m hurdler in 2013
  •   Won the silver medal in the 400m at the 2014 World Indoor Championships.
  •   Won the silver medal in the 4x400m at the 2014 World Indoor Championships. 
  •   2014 IAAF Diamond League Champion in the 400-meter hurdles event. 
  •   2014 JAAA Female Athlete of the Year. 
  •   Runner up for Jamaica’s Sportswoman of the Year 2014. 
  •   The NUMBER ONE RANKED hurdler in the World for 2014.

Supplied by: Bruce James


MVP Track and Field Club

(876) 909 2222

(876) 383 2221



February 3, 2015

Stephenie Ann McPherson  

D.O.B.: November 25, 1988                            
High School: Manning’s School                  
Club: M.V.P. Track and Field Club
President: Bruce James
Coach: Stephen Francis

Personal Records: 22.93 seconds (200m), 49.92 seconds (400m)  

Stephenie is one of the fastest rising athletic sensations in Jamaica. Incredibly the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow was the first time that Stephenie represented Jamaica internationally. In dramatic fashion Stephenie qualified for the final of the 400m in Moscow, where she placed 4th narrowly missing the bronze medal.  

Importantly Stephenie is also a student at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. 2014 was a fabulous year for Stephenie winning double gold at the Commonwealth Games in the 400m and 4x400m. Here is a list of some of her achievements: 

In the 400m Stephenie was ranked 206th in the World in 2012, one year later in 2013 Stephenie was ranked 6th.

Stephenie placed 4th in the 400m final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Stephenie was the fastest Jamaican woman at 400m for 2013.

Stephenie has represented the University of Technology at the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, running on winning 4x400m relay teams.

In 2014 Stephenie won silver in the 4x400m relay for Jamaica at the World Indoor Championshps.

  • Stephenie won Gold in the 400m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

  • Stephenie won Gold running the anchor leg of Jamaica’s 4x400m relay team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

  • Stephenie Ann won Gold on the Americas (not American) team at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup in the 4x400m in 3:20.93 the fastest time in the World for 2014.

Supplied by: Bruce James


MVP Track and Field Club

(876) 909 2222

(876) 383 2221

December 31, 2014

Newton James - Chairman, Media Association of Jamaica  


Mr. Newton James, a trained Broadcast Engineer, was instrumental in the design and construction of Power 106FM and Music 99FM.  He currently serves as the Managing Director of Independent Radio Company Limited, owners and operators of both stations.  After excelling academically and at sports at Manning’s School he went on to further his studies in the U.K. where he achieved a first class Diploma in Technology as well as a Full Technological Certificate (C.G.L.I.) with specialist papers in Broadcasting I and II.

Over the years Mr. James has worked at the highest level in broadcasting.  In England, he held many engineering positions such as Senior Electronic Engineer in technical charge at the University of London’s Goldsmiths College Television Research and Training Centre and also Studio Engineer at the BBC.  In addition, he lectured at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications.

Mr. James has served in many professional capacities at the highest level throughout his illustrious career, such as Chairman of the Media Association Jamaica Limited, Deputy General Manager and Director of Engineering & Operations of the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) and Assistant Director of Communications at the JAMAL Foundation.  Mr. James was also a former International Director of the International Council (NATAS) USA National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In 1966, Mr. James received the Engineering Union Award in London for outstanding academic record at the Willesden College of Technology.  He was also a consultant for the Broadcasting Corporation of Bahamas, for the design of the first television broadcasting service in the Commonwealth of Bahamas. In 2006 he was recognised for his outstanding contribution in the field of broadcasting and received the Order of Distinction Commander Class.

Sports achievement:

* 1960 Inter-Secondary Schools Championship:

Bronze medal   - Class 1 Long Jump

Silver medal     - Class 1 Triple Jump

* 1961 Inter-Secondary Schools Championship:

Silver medal     - Class 1 Long Jump

Gold medal      - Class 1 Triple Jump

* Member of Manning's DaCosta Cup Football (Soccer) Team

* Member of Manning's Headley Cup Cricket Team 



 January 2015

Ezra Samms

Retired International Referee

D.O.B.: 02 May, 1944 (Westmoreland, Jamaica)

High School: Manning’s School (1957 – 1961)

Jamaica Football Referees Association member (1967 - 1992)

Jamaica Football Referee (1967 – 1992)

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Referee (1982 – 1991)


Some other achievements:

  • Officiated games in Trinidad, Barbados, St. Martin, Haiti, The Dominican Republic, St. Lucia and The Cayman Islands.

Represented Jamaica at the Congress of International Referees in Acapulco, Mexico (August 1991).

Served as Member of the following national referee committees:

  • Jamaica Football Federation, Referees Education Committee

  • Jamaica Football Federation, Referees Assessment Committee 

  • Jamaica Football Referees Association, Education Committee

  • Jamaica Football Referees Association, Assignments Committee 


  • The Father Roy Campbell trophy for outstanding refereeing – 1982

  • The Father Roy Campbell trophy for outstanding refereeing – 1987 

March  2015

Trecia Kaye Smith

D.O.B.: November 05, 1975 (Westmoreland, Jamaica) 

High School: Manning’s School 

Personal Record: Triple-Jump 15.16 m Linz, Austria (Aug. 02, 2004)


 She first represented her country, Jamaica, while a schoolgirl at Manning's.

Here is a list of some of her achievements:

  • Won U-17 Gold medal at the Carifta Games in the Long Jump, Kingston, Jamaica (1990)
  • Won U-20 Gold medal at the Carifta Games in the Long Jump, Bridgetown, Barbados (1994)
  • Won U-20 Silver medal at the Carifta Games in the Heptathlon, Bridgetown, Barbados (1994)
  • Won U-20 Gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in the Long Jump, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (1994)  
  • Trecia was a student at, and competitor for the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a BS in Exercise Science and completed graduate studies for which she was awarded a MS in Physiotherapy. She was a seven-time NCAA national champion (two outdoor and three indoor long jump titles and one outdoor and one indoor triple jump title), 15-time All-American, a fourteen time Big East Conference champion, and a 15-time Eastern College Athletic Conference champion.

  •   Won Gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in the Long Jump - Guatemala City, Guatemala (2001)

  •  Won Gold medal at the World Championships in the Triple Jump - Helsinki, Finland (2005)

  • Won Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the Triple Jump – Melbourne, Australia (2006)

  • Won Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the Triple Jump – Delhi, India (2010).


  • USA’s Big East's "Most Outstanding Field Performer" award for the 1997 indoor and outdoor seasons

  • USA’s NCAA Division 1 Silver Anniversary Indoor Team 2007

  • USA’s "NCAA Division 1 Most Outstanding Student-Athlete" 2007

  • David Dixon Trophy as the Most Outstanding Athlete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

March 6, 2015 

Lloyd B. Greig, MD


Lloyd B. Greig, MD, is a past student of Manning's School. He also served on the teaching staff of the school. He is an obstetrician and gynecologist with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates.

Dr. Greig obtained his medical doctorate from the Meharry Medical College, Nashville. His bachelor's degree is from Fisk University, also in Nashville. Dr. Greig's internship was completed at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Mich. His residencies were at Queen of Angels Hospital, Los Angeles, and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich. Before joining Cedars-Sinai Medical Group in 2001, Dr. Greig was in private practice for 26 years.

Dr. Greig is a member of the Los Angeles Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, Los Angeles County Medical Association, and the National Medical Association.

March 2015 

Desmond Malcolm P.E., J.P.

General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation of Jamaica.


Mr. Malcolm is a graduate of Howard University where he pursued Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University, Washington DC, USA.

A general engineer and public administration professional with over 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors combined. Mr. Malcolm has since February 2010 provided consultancy services in areas of infrastructure development, natural gas management, environmental and regulatory management, water supply and waste water management. Prior to that Mr. Malcolm was Project Director for the National Works Agency where he had the responsibility to plan and direct the timely implementation of the Northern Jamaica Development Project, which included the Northern Coastal Highway Improvement Project and the North and South Gully Projects.

Mr. Malcolm has also held the post of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the National Water Commission.

As Engineering Manager at the District of Columbia, Department of Public Works, Design, Engineering, Construction Administration in Washington D.C., USA, Mr. Malcolm managed capital projects to build, remodel and renovate correctional and fleet facilities, as well as municipal buildings.

Mr. Malcolm is a past student of Manning's School, Savanna-La-Mar and served as Justice of the Peace and a Dispute Moderator. He is affiliated with the Professional Engineers Registration Board-Jamaica.

His tenure to date has continued the redevelopment focus in downtown Kingston as well as the other areas of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Falmouth.


August 2012 

 Victor Alberga Lowe


Citation for Victor Alberga Lowe


Victor Alberga Lowe’s  early education started at Savanna la mar Primary School.  He was one of the few students to receive a Government Scholarship and so he entered Manning’s in January of 1962.  Victor immersed himself in school life. From the very beginning he displayed a keen interest in sports. He represented the school in both the under thirteen colts and DaCosta Cup. In athletics he participated in Boys Championship in the 100 yards sprint and High jump and held the Class 3 hurdles record at Manning’s for four years.

His determination and perseverance were very evident, however, when he tried out for the cricket team. He did not make the grade as a player but not to be deterred, he served as Water Boy, Baggage Manager, Scorer and eventually Team Manager.

In addition to his exploits in sports he was also a Boy Scout and later a member of the Cadet Force.  His leadership skills were identified and encouraged as he served as monitor and later was appointed prefect. His academic performance was rewarded as he was the first student from Manning’s to receive the West Indies Sugar Company Scholarship to attend the Jamaica School of Agriculture.

Victor was well prepared for the world of work in many fields.  From Manning’s School he entered the Jamaica School of Agriculture and later read for his first degree- a Bachelor in Science in Food Science and Nutrition from Tuskegee University in Alabama.

For his graduate studies he earned a Masters degree in Food Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois. Continuing on his quest for higher learning he completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Food Engineering certification programme.

Victor’s experience is as extensive as it is varied.  He moved his career through different management positions as a food scientist/ engineer. He has worked with industry leaders such as Carnation Company, Pillsbury Corporation and M&M Mars Corporation. As Technology Manager and Research Scientist at M&M Mars, he managed a multi disciplinary research and management team.

With his drive for taking business opportunities from concept to success he has founded and served as managing director for companies in the United States, Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

His foray into Real Estate development came at a time of global challenges to this sector.  However, Victor saw opportunities and built and delivered the first multimillion dollar middle income housing development on the island of Grand Turks.

The Government and people of Jamaica have also been the beneficiary of his expertise especially in the field of agro processing and as an advisor in efforts to resuscitate the rice industry.

Victor ‘s work has been recognized  by major US publications. He has been featured in industry and business magazines such as Business Age, Ebony. Automotive News and Black Enterprise

Manning’s School gave Victor his start and Victor is strongly driven by his passion for giving back to his community and to his country.  Having achieved so much it is not surprising that his contribution to the community and to his alma mater is closely entwined. From the long list of the many ways in which he has been benefactor to students in academia, music and sports we can highlight:


  • The fact that he provided the initial funds to establish a sports directorate

  • That he sponsors competitive events including Boys and Girls Championship in Jamaica

  • That he has coordinated fund raising efforts overseas for his alma mater

  •  that he has provided books and sundries for students in need

  • That in 1999 he established  a scholarship in memory of his mother – the Ethlyn Morris Memorial Scholarship

  • That since 1999 he has served as a member of the Manning’s School Board


Victor Lowe’s focus on education in Jamaica is extensive. His company World Telenet became the first telecommunications entity to introduce free internet access to schools across Jamaica. The Westmoreland Parish Library has been the beneficiary of his generosity and he was a founding member of the Westmoreland Curry Festival.

Tonight we honour a man, a high achiever, a man who has served his country and his alma mater with distinction.

The Hon. Justice James S. Kerr Award for Service Excellence is presented by the Manning’s Past Students’ Association to Victor Alberga Lowe and represents our recognition and acknowledgement of the service rendered by him to his alma mater, to his community and to Jamaica, Land we Love. 

November 19, 2011





Dr. Joan Rawlins was born Joan Majorie Porteous in Westmoreland, Jamaica and lived in Savanna la mar from age 6 years to age fourteen years. She attended Savanna la mar Primary School and Manning’s School until the age of fourteen years when her entire family left for the United Kingdom (UK). She was at the time in the form called 4-Science. While at Manning’s she was an active member of the Girl Guides. She lived on Rose St, Savanna la Mar and attended the Methodist church on Great Georges Street. (Her sister Donnet also attended Manning's). 

On arrival in London, England, Joan attended the Hammersmith County High School where she completed her High School education, remaining in the areas of Natural Sciences. Not being sure as to the career path she should follow, Joan attended nursing school and did extremely well. By the age of twenty three (23) years she had graduated as a State Registered Nurse (SRN); had her  midwifery qualification (SCM) and the Health Visitor’s (Pubic Health ) Diploma. This was more than most nurses would have completed by age 30 years in those days. Joan however, knew that there was more that she wanted to do. She had been introduced to the Social Sciences during her training in health related matters and yearned for more Sociology and Psychology. She felt strongly drawn toward these subjects and immediately set about pursuing university education in those areas and ‘the rest is history’ as they say. 

Dr. Joan (Porteous) Rawlins has until very recently, been a member of the academic staff of the UWI, Trinidad.   A Medical Sociologist, a passionate teacher and a former Senior Lecturer in the Department of Para-clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad, since 1996.  

Dr. Rawlins has however spent the past two and a half decades honing her skills as a Medical Sociologist.  In the 1980's she worked as a Medical Sociologist in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, UWI, Mona, and later in the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) - UWI, Mona, Jamaica.   Dr. Rawlins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Administration and Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Sociology from The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.  She received her PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. 

Whilst working at the UWI Mona, Jamaica in the late 1980s she contributed a weekly column to the national newspaper, The Daily GLEANER. This she did until her family moved to Trinidad in 1989. The main issues which she covered were: women’s health, domestic violence, family and education.  

Dr. Rawlins has researched and published on issues such as widowhood, the health service, domestic violence, women's health and teenage pregnancy.  More recently, she has been most concerned with issues relating to ageing and older persons in the Caribbean.   In 1999, The United Nations declared “Year of the Older Person” Dr. Rawlins was the initiator and coordinator of a successful conference on the “Older Person” in Trinidad and Tobago.  The Theme of the Conference was "Maturing at a Healthy Pace: Appreciating the Older Years".  She also assisted in the coordination of the UWI/ECLAC Caribbean Symposium on Population Ageing which was held in Trinidad in November 2004. 

Dr. Rawlins was a key member of the Trinidad and Tobago government-appointed Inter-Ministerial Committee on Ageing, which developed the National Policy on Ageing which came into being in 2007.   She is a former Director of the Alzheimer's disease Association of Trinidad and Tobago and has participated in all of the annual events which celebrated the International Alzheimer's Disease month since 2007.   These included national TV and Radio interviews.  She is the author of five (5)  books namely:  "Ageing: Discussing the issues in Trinidad", "Midlife and Older Women, Family Life, Work and Health in Jamaica", “Sixty Years and on in Trinidad and Tobago: Conversations with Older Women”,  "A Case of Adoption" and “Ageing in the Caribbean” which is co-authored  with  her colleague Nicole Alea. This latter book was published in 2014 and is available on  

Dr Joan Rawlins is a respected social scientist, whose opinion on women's health, ageing and other issues is even now, post retirement,  sought by regional policy-makers. In the course of her academic life, she has published numerous academic articles and presented more than eighty (80) conferences papers at local, regional and international conferences.  

She is married to the highly regarded academic Dr. Samuel Rawlins and they have three children, two of whom are medical doctors. The other is a musician.  

Dr. Rawlins enjoys travelling and has visited most of the Caribbean countries; the Spanish and French countries included. Additionally, she has lived and worked in England, the USA(Texas specifically), Holland, Guyana and Trinidad.  She has also visited many other countries including: Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, France, Spain, England, Wales, Greece, Belize, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, India and the Philippines. Most of these destinations were places at which she attended conferences and presented academic papers. 

Dr Rawlins recently retired from fulltime employment with the University of the West Indies. She and her husband now reside in St. Kitts. 


March 2015






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