About the Director

About Deborah C. Watson

Deborah C. Watson

Deborah C. Watson joined the Ministry of Financial Services Trade & Industry and Immigration as the Director of Financial Services in 2020.

Deborah has more than 25 years of extensive experience in financial management including 16 years of executive strategic leadership as the President, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of an offshore bank, The St. James Bank & Trust Company Ltd., and its subsidiaries that were previously owned by an international asset management entity, EnTrust Global formerly known as Permal Group. Additionally, she served on the board of directors for multiple investment funds and special purpose vehicles of this global entity. She is skilled in strategic management, corporate governance, operational and risk management.

Deborah holds a Chartered Bankers MBA from Bangor Business School, Bangor University, United Kingdom and a second MBA from The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business, Nova Southeastern University, Florida. She holds the designation of Certified International Risk Manager (CIRM) awarded by The Chartered Institute of Bankers, Scotland. Deborah also graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Acadia University, Canada.

She is passionate about leadership and has pursued the study of organizational leadership with a Diploma in Leadership Management from Harvard Business School of Executive Education, Boston, and a Certificate in Leadership for High Performance from Hudson Institute of Entrepreneurship & Executive Education, NSU, Florida.

For many years Deborah served as a director of The Association of International Banks and Trust Companies of the Bahamas (AIBT) and as director and treasurer on the boards of the Zonta Club of New Providence. She is a Council Member of the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS’s) Educational Committee and the treasurer for the LJM Maritime Museum Foundation. Deborah is the proud holder of a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship for service; she volunteers with the Red Cross and actively participates in her church community.