Launched in December 2015 the Islands’ Investment Promotion Agency, Invest Turks and Caicos, is a statutory body which facilitates investment enquiries and operates under the Islands’ Encouragement of Development Ordinance and the 2012 Investment Policy which provides a framework for encouraging, prioritising and incentivising domestic and foreign investment.
The Agency is dedicated to providing free and confidential advice and support, including: information on the local business climate; facilitating the investment process through liaison with key Government Departments; advice on Government incentives and concessions to investors; introductions to local service providers/suppliers; advice on immigration matters, including permanent residence certificates; and specific ongoing support following the set up of a business.
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Board Of Directors
The Agency is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of the following five directors:
- two persons appointed from the private sector;
- the Permanent Secretary for Finance or his representative;
- an attorney from the Attorney General Chambers with experience in civil and commercial transactions; and
- the Director of Strategic Policy Planning Department or his representative.
|Board Of Directors|
Walter T. Gardiner
Our Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
An experienced private equity and manufacturing professional, James Bursey brings years of industrial development, financial, and entrepreneurial experience in small and large firms to the task of attracting investment to the TCI.
Mr. Bursey is a Canadian national with global experience who has led numerous multi-national companies of varying sizes in North America, Europe and Asia, in the transportation, marine, energy and luxury products businesses. In the public sector he has Commonwealth and international trade negotiation experience, and he has a strong governance record as a corporate Director in the UK and elsewhere. His familiarity with investment regulations, multinational banking and global corporate operations is a considerable boost to the strength of the Invest Turks and Caicos team.
Under the new leadership of Mr. Bursey, Invest Turks and Caicos will continue to grow and diversify the TCI economy and create value added jobs.
Angela Musgrove, born and raised in the Turks and Caicos Islands, distinguishes herself as profoundly driven and focused; embracing the core values of integrity, excellence and selfless service. With graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Economics and Finance respectively, she is passionate about nation building. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2013 for her services to youth development in the TCI and is excited about her continued contribution to the development of these islands in her current role as SVP-Investor Services. This role brings a sense of pride and fulfilment, being able to promote the business opportunities available in the Turks & Caicos, attracting investment, that will ultimately improve the quality of life for the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Mother, Wife, and Entrepreneur, she enjoys simple pleasures, including family time and reading. She considers her volunteer work with the youth population as one of the most rewarding ways to give back to her community as she firmly believes that you cannot build a nation without first empowering its people!
Vice President-SME Development
Alexa Cooper is the Vice President, Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) Development at Invest Turks and Caicos, with responsibility for the Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises Programme. Prior to joining Invest TCI team, she worked in several mid-level management positions. Notable is her four years as Business License Manager in the Revenue Department in the Ministry of Finance, where she has proven to be an invaluable asset to her peers and the community at large.
Alexa holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica through the Turks & Caicos Islands Community College, and a Postgraduate Certificate from Leicester University, UK.
Investment Services Executive
Salik Garland – a native of the Turks and Caicos Islands who prides himself on achieving the best possible outcome for his clients. Salik has been in business for over 5 years, and during this time he has achieved a degree in BA Business Administration in addition to working in various client facing positions in London UK such as: Customer Consultant; Senior Sales Executive; Account Executive; Business Development Manager and currently Investment Services Executive at Invest TCI.
Salik is passionate about the Turks and Caicos Islands and the economic development of the country. When working with him, you can expect proactive solutions and someone who is committed to providing the best help and guidance with your investment project in the islands.
Outside of work, he is outgoing and is always happy to develop relationships and connections with people from all walks of life.
Investment Services Executive
Sheryl Mclaughlin joined the Invest Turks and Caicos team in March 2019 as the Investment Services Executive. She is tasked with the management of foreign and domestic investor development related projects.
Prior to joining the TCI Invest team she held the position of Platinum Associate at CIBC First Caribbean Bank for approximately ten years. She brings a vast amount of experience in high net worth client account management, maintenance and compliance to the team.
She is a highly driven and resilient individual that continues to enhance herself both personally and professionally. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing with a minor in Finance from the University of Tampa and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Finance.
Sheryl approaches all matters with integrity and high ethical standards and acknowledges the importance of retaining confidentiality in a business environment.
Vice President-Marketing and Promotion
Trina Adams-Smith has a solid marketing background with over 12 years of experience in marketing and communications. In her previous roles as Marketing Specialist and Head of Marketing at Digicel Turks and Caicos, Trina was instrumental in developing and executing marketing strategies to ensure revenue and market share growth. She created greater equity and visibility for the Digicel brand and was responsible for the exponential growth of the company’s social media and online marketing activities.
Trina joined Invest Turk and Caicos in April 2015 as Vice President of Marketing and Promotion where she oversees all aspect of the company’s marketing and communications activities.
Trina holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University and a Masters of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
Legal & Compliance Officer
Oreika Selver, LL. B (Hons.), qualified Barrister & Attorney-at-Law, Member of Middle Temple Inns of Court (2007); Admitted to the Bar of England & Wales (2008) and the Turks & Caicos Bar (2009). From 2011 – 2016 she was engaged as a criminal trial attorney with the Dept. of Public Prosecutions.
Oreika has had regular speaking engagements at the local high schools and she has lectured at the TCI Community College in Hospitality and Intellectual Property Law. She is an elected member of the Turks & Caicos Bar Council (2012-2016).
Oreika was appointed Legal/Compliance Officer in May 2016
Benjamin joined Invest TCI in December 2019 to promote and market the country’s financial services sector, prior to becoming its Business Analyst in July 2020. He spent eleven years studying and working in London, four of which were in various positions within Close Brothers PLC, a UK based merchant banking group. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and an LLM in Financial Law.
As the Business Analyst, his role is to assess the financial viability of investment projects, weighing all economic indicators, before making an objective recommendation. Through examining the effects of several variables he can determine the best return on a project for TCIG, along with monitoring its risk exposure.
As a Turks and Caicos Islander, Benjamin has an unwavering desire to contribute to the continued social and economic advancement of the country and its people.
Corporate Services Manager and Accounting
Deborah Astwood a wife and mother, born in the beautiful Islands of Turks and Caicos, Grand Turk. Deborah Astwood is a Professional, Career Oriented Individual who worked in various managerial positions in areas of Business and Hospitality since 2000.
Mrs. Astwood is the holder of a Diploma in Computer Operations, A Post Graduated Certificate in Corporate Administrative Secretaryship, B.Sc. Degree in Organizational Management (Hons.) and M.Sc. Human Resources Management.
Mrs. Astwood is a member of various civic organizations, The Kiwanis and Soroptimist Club of Grand Turk. Mrs. Astwood is currently employed at Invest Turks and Caicos, as the Corporate Services Manager and Accounting since 2015.
Mrs. Astwood life’s motto “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
Marketing Support Officer
Hezron Henry joined the Invest Turks and Caicos staff in June of 2016 as Marketing Support Officer; tasked with ensuring the marketing and operational elements of Invest TCI function effectively. He brings with him experience as Programme Officer of the TCIG Health Promotions Unit where he was responsible for programme development and management, and design and implementation of promotional resources. Hezron holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Phoenix; a boundary-spanning field of study relating to how information and communication technologies (ICT) can be deployed to improve business processes and enhance the organisational value.
Temeka Rigby holds the role of Administrative Officer of Invest Turks and Caicos Agency. She is a native of Bottle Creek, North Caicos, where she completed both her primary and high school education.
In 2005 Temeka was employed by TCInvest, the former Investment Agency, as Credit Assistant Officer and Receptionist.
Temeka is currently enrolled in Penn Foster College where she is pursuing an Associate Degree in Human Resource Management.
She is a wife of 18 years and a mother of three fantastic children.
- Turks and Caicos Government
- Ministry of Border Control & Employment
- Turks and Caicos Tourist Board
- Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association
- Turks & Caicos Islands Financial Services Commission
- Turks & Caicos Islands Bar Association
- Turks & Caicos Real Estate Association
- National Chamber of Commerce
- Turks & Caicos Islands Airport Authority
- Providenciales International Airport
- Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies
- Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)
- Turks & Caicos Bankers Association
- Turks & Caicos Insurance Managers Association