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Ian Forbes is new United Way board chairman

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Winsome Wilkins (left), chief executive officer of United Way and Alvaro Casserly (second left), past chairman, United Way, look on as Ian Forbes (second right), United Way's new board chairman, is greeted by outgoing chairman Noel daCosta. - CONTRIBUTED

IAN FORBES, managing director of Sherwin-Williams (West Indies), is the new chairman of the board of United Way of Jamaica. He succeeded Noel daCosta who was chairman for five years.

The announcement was made at the annual general meeting last month.

Forbes, who had served for five years as chairman of United Way's Campaign Cabinet, lauded the outgoing chairman, "for having certainly served with great distinction".

Forbes joined the board of United Way of Jamaica in 2003 and, in 2009, he became chairman of the fund-raising Campaign Cabinet. Under his leadership, the Cabinet mobilised in excess of $384 million for the private voluntary sector.

In accepting his appointment, Forbes paused to remember the influence of his parents, the late Carmen Forbes, who was a Scout mistress, and his father, Headley, who served scouting for the last 74 years and with more than 40 years as Scout commissioner for Clarendon.

His father has also served the St John Ambulance organisation for over 60 years. Forbes thanked them "for instilling in my siblings and myself, from an early age, the importance of service and volunteerism".

A Jamaica College graduate, Forbes was also educated at Mico University College, University of the West Indies, Mona and University of Technology. He has more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, having worked at GraceKennedy & Company Ltd, Jamaica Biscuit Company, and Facey Commodity Limited.

Forbes is an active member of several clubs and societies. He is past vice-president of the Advertisers' Association of Jamaica, and was recently elected as second vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association in November 2012. A certified International Association of Athletic Federation Track & Field official, he has managed several Jamaican track & field teams to overseas meets. He is also a member of Kingston Cricket Club.

Forbes is married to Lana and has two daughters, Kimberley and Melissa.