Davinia Bain says farewell to Access Accelerator Small Business Centre

The Access Accelerator Small Business Centre is saying goodbye  to its founding Executive Director Davinia Bain, and has appointed Samantha Rolle as interim executive director, a statement from the Accelerator revealed.

The Access Accelerator also released a farewell note to Bain on its Facebook page, which reads: “On behalf of the board of directors, staff and clients of the Access 

Accelerator, we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our founding Executive Director Davinia Bain for her invaluable contribution to our organization’s establishment.

“To our outgoing leader, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Farewell Davinia!”

According to the statement, Bain oversaw more than $70 million disbursed to more than 1,900 small business clients across The Bahamas.

She is credited with “reshaping” entrepreneurship in the country through her work with the Access Accelerator.

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation left a farewell note to Bain on Facebook, saying: “We join in thanking you Mrs. Bain for the development of many small business owners throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas during your tenure and we wish you great success.”

The statement explained that Rolle, who was director of external relations at the Accelerator, comes in with a wealth of experience in management and government.

“Ms. Rolle has more than 16 years in management, with significant experience in corporate management, strategic development as well as policy implementation and team development, the statement said.

“Most recent as director of external relations at Access Accelerator. Prior to that, led the regulatory risk, governance and compliance in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory Practice.

“Rolle has also worked in the government infrastructure, serving as a program manager of the Economic Development and Planning Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, where she led engagement on development of the National Development Plan.

“With degrees in organizational leadership and business management, Rolle has the knowledge, skills and industry experience to enhance the overall effectiveness of the Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre.”

Chairman of the Access Accelerator Lorne Basden contended in the statement that Rolle has the qualifications and acumen to lead the institution.

“Ms. Rolle’s extensive corporate management background and business development skills will be important assets to the Access Accelerator, strengthening partnerships and developing strategic alliances.

“We believe her strong leadership experience will help focus the Access Accelerator to streamline processes and enhance institutional capacity.”

Rolle said in the statement that she is “very excited” to continue to the Access Accelerator’s mission.

“Having joined the organization at the time I did, I am perfectly placed to lead the Access Accelerator into its next stage, armed with the intrinsic understanding of the organization and my intentional focus to empower Bahamian entrepreneurs and transform the small business ecosystem in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” she said.

The Access Accelerator is the product of a tripartite arrangement between the government, through the Ministry of Finance, University of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC). The center works to guide the development, funding, growth, and evolution of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in The Bahamas. 

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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