Executive Director

Vacant

 

Deborah A. A. Blakeney

General Counsel

Deborah Blakeney was appointed as the General Counsel of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission on January 25th 2016, following a long career as a Senior Civil Servant on the Island. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Blakeney served as the Executive Director of the Charity ‘Dare To Be’ where she successfully transitioned a Community Driven Development programme into the 3rd sector from the Department of Human Affairs, where she served as Director.

Ms. Blakeney began her career as a legislative draftsman in the Attorney General’s Chambers in 1989. She worked briefly in the banking sector in Personal Trust from 1994 and then moved to the Bermuda Monetary Authority in 1995. Ms. Blakeney then served as the Assistant Tax Commissioner from 1999 where she was responsible for the collection of all stamp duty revenues and implementing the Primary Family Homestead Designation legislation. Ms. Blakeney also acted as Tax Commissioner from 2007–2009. Soon thereafter she was appointed as the Director of the Department of Human Affairs where she was responsible for the Community Driven Development programme, race relations, human rights, gender issues and the Bermuda Women’s Council.

Ms. Blakeney was seconded to various positions during her employment with the Bermuda Government including acting as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and General Manager at the Bermuda Housing Corporation. Ms. Blakeney has acted as Registrar of the Supreme Court and served on the Bermuda Police Service Recruitment Panel.

Ms. Blakeney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Tuskegee University, Alabama in 1982, a Law degree from the University of Buckingham, England in 1984 and completed her legal training at the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago in 1988. A Justice of the Peace and Notary Public, Ms. Blakeney is called to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bermuda Bar. She also obtained her Bermuda Insurance Diploma in 1992. Ms. Blakeney is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated (Bermuda Alumni Chapter).

Ms. Blakeney currently resides in Smith’s, Bermuda.

 

 Julie B. Grant

Chief Financial Officer

Julie Grant was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission on March 8, 2016, following an engagement with the Bermuda Government in the capacities of Ministry Controller for the Ministry of Tourism Development & Transport, and Head of Finance & Administration for the Department of Civil Aviation.

Prior to this Julie served as the Director of Finance for the UK Gaming Commission which included the oversight of Finance, Risk Management and aspects of Corporate Governance. She also served as a Board Member for the John Taylor Hospice in Birmingham (UK) and also served on the Audit Committee for Coventry University (UK).

Julie has also served in other positions with Bermuda Government such as Management Accountant with the Accountant Generals Department, Department Controller with Airport Operations and Ministry Controller for the Ministry of Transport. Julie was also an Account Executive with Aon Insurance Managers and Financial Controller for Charles Taylor PLC.

She holds a teaching certificate for Adult Education and has lectured part time to Association of Chartered Certified Accountant students on Information for Decision Making and also Association of Accounting Technician students on Financial Accounting.

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the Birmingham City University and is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant

 

Roger Trott

Director of Problem & Responsible Gaming

Roger has a keen sensitivity to the mental health of his community and passionately advocates for their care and protection. He views his current position as Director of Problem and Responsible Gaming with the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission as an opportunity to safeguard and protect the community at large but especially those who are vulnerable.

He studied at Atlantic Union College and worked in the social services field as a school guidance counsellor, an internationally certified substance abuse treatment counselor, Program Manager for the Bermuda Government Men’s Treatment Program and later as Clinical Director at Pathways Bermuda. .

Roger is an English Cricket Board Level 2 coach and in his spare time enjoys coaching youth and senior cricket teams at the Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club. He also provides training for local club coaches in addition to coaching at the Bermuda National Youth Cricket Academy.