ACAMS Barbados Chapter


Upcoming Barbados Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Welcome and thank you for visiting the ACAMS Barbados Chapter website.

Our vision is to promote ACAMS as a platform for career development and networking for AML/CTF professionals in Barbados, by providing workshops and events of local and international interests, to share experiences and expertise, to enhance the level of competence of its members and develop best market practices.

Our mission is to create a forum for continuing education and supporting network opportunities with AML and Financial Crime industry experts, to build strong relationships with other professionals who share the same commitment to protect their institutions and communities, and to promote the welfare of our financial system.

Upcoming Barbados Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Louis Parris

Louis Parris
Board Member

Louis has a background in commercial and retail banking, having had a very successful career with Barclays Bank where he gained invaluable experience culminating in the position of Senior Marketing Manager for the Caribbean Region. Other roles included:

  • Managing several banking branches in the Caribbean. This entailed a deep understanding of the operational aspects of banking, correspondent banking, credit risk policy and execution and internal audit functions.
  • Training at the level of Assistant Manager of the bank’s Training Centre. Major accomplishments include the design and delivery of new courses and the introduction of innovation in visual aids for more effective learning.
  • Designing several new products which met the compliance standards for the industry and required a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between compliance and product development.
  • Responsibility for marketing the bank’s products and services throughout the Caribbean in the role of Regional Marketing Manager. In this role Louis created the bank’s first and highly successful Quality, Sales and Service programme. This required the extensive formulation of manuals, reports and assessment tools to deliver and support the programme along with Caribbean wide training.

On leaving Barclays, Louis earned the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and CAMS-Audit advanced certifications from ACAMS. Louis is also a Fellow of the UK based International Compliance Association where he obtained the ICA Diploma in Anti=Money Laundering awarded in association with the Manchester Business School-The University of Manchester.

Louis  is currently a consultant specializing in the areas of AML Independent Audits, AML Compliance Training, Lending Risk Analysis , Policy Formulation and Entrepreneurial Training. He has also recently become a Certified Assessor and External Verifier for the Barbados Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council which offers an extensive range of NVQ qualifications. Louis has also provided risk analysis training for the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Banking.

Louis is a founding member of the Barbados Association of Compliance Professionals Inc., sits on the board of the association and is the chairman of their Policy Committee. In this role he has, over the past 3 years successfully led the implementation of the Governance protocol and documentation for the association.

Louis is currently enjoying the positive feedback from writing a series of articles in the Barbados Business Authority newspaper which seek to give the public an appreciation of the AML Compliance issues which affect the economy and individuals. He has also published an article in UK journal “Money Laundering Bulletin”.

Cyralene Benskin-Murray

Cyralene Benskin-Murray
Board Member

Mrs Cyralene Benskin-Murray is the General Counsel and at various times has acted as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Ag) – Supervision and Regulation, of the Financial Services Commission “Commission” – Barbados. In her role as General Counsel, Mrs Benskin-Murray acts in support of the Chief Executive Officer and the Commission with respect to actions under the plethora of legislation administered by the Commission and recommends legislative changes as well as participates in the formulation of policy and regulations for the overall system of financial regulation.  Mrs Benskin-Murray also directs and supervises the internal Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Team with responsibility for developing and refining the regulatory AML framework and monitoring of non-bank financial institutions for Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance.

Mrs Benskin-Murray is an experienced negotiator and an attorney-at-law of over 25 years’ experience and holds a Masters in Regulation and Policy. She has spent most of her career, as in-house counsel, working in industry where her focus has remained on assisting executives in finding solutions that are beneficial to the organisation and the clientele they serve.

She was the first General Counsel of the Fair Trading Commission – Barbados and the former Assistant Director of the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA). She has had extensive experience working in the off-shore insurance industry, both in Barbados and in Bermuda, specifically with X.L. Insurance Company Limited and the BMA.  Mrs Benskin-Murray also worked for the Corporation of the City of London (Ontario), the agency responsible for governance of the municipality of 350,000 citizens of London, Ontario. She is a former law lecturer to business professionals in the areas of contract and tort.

Mrs Benskin-Murray, a Canadian lawyer, became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2001 and has been a member of the Barbados Bar since 1987 and the Bermuda Bar since 1992 and is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.  Mrs. Benskin-Murray has sat on several Boards and is a regular moderator and presenter at key industry conferences.

Niegel Pierre

Niegel Pierre
Board Member

Nigel has been in IT for 20 years serving in various capacities. Currently the Compliance Architect, he has developed and maintain compliance based solutions and focus primarily on their design. Nigel recently designed and developed the AML risk rating solution for my organization. He has also focused on FATCA, CRS and GDPR, all of which I have developed solutions for.

Prior to this, Nigel was in the capacity of IT Architect responsible for the design of IT solutions. Focused on developing systems at the enterprise level, integration with numerous backend systems and high degree of automation with a focus on self-service, enhanced reporting, enhanced efficiencies through automation as well as increased synergies at the group level.

As a senior, experienced IT resource, he designs solutions, develop business cases and speak to infrastructural solutions to meet the business needs. He has had the responsibility for application development, database management, portals, all external web sites, R&D as well as an integration HUB; he also has extensive project management experience. Technical knowledge spans the management of web based infrastructure, data marts, budgeting and costing, training, application development, design of IT solutions and infrastructures, reporting systems, process design and application development, the later which is distributed via web technologies. In the operations area, he is involved in the problem solving as well as refinement of those processes.

Hobbies include tennis and liming with friends.

Cyralene Benskin-Murray

Candice Huggins
Chief Compliance Officer, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank
Board Member

Candice Huggins’s extensive experience spans over 20 years of work in the Legal, Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance within the Financial Services Sector with specialization in international financial services, compliance and risk management in areas such as Banking, Securities, Trust and Fund Administration.  She has worked in both the private and public sectors in multiple jurisdictions (Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada).

She has been active on the AML/CFT and Compliance circuit and has conducted and facilitated a number of speaking engagements at the Caribbean Group of Securities Regulators (CGSR), Chapter Meetings of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Regional Central Banks’ Legal Seminar Series the Caribbean Anti Money Laundering Program, the University of the West Indies and most recently at the prestigious Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), April 2018.

Candice has advised extensively on regional AML/CFT, Fraud and Risk issues through her work with international bodies such as the IMF, CFATF, World Bank and the OAS. Specifically, she has served as a Consultant for regional and international projects such as the CFATF (Caribbean Financial Action Task Force) Mutual Evaluation and Country Assessment and Preparation programs and the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Offshore Caribbean Pilot Project on AML/CFT Compliance.

Candice has litigated in the area of white-collar crime contributing to the jurisprudence of the Region as well as developed and implemented risk and compliance programs for Credit Unions, Banks, Trust & Company Service Providers, Securities Companies and Real Estate Agents.

Candice has since 2016 been extremely active on the Correspondent Banking Issue facing regional jurisdictions. She has represented CIBC FCIB at the multiple seminars facilitated by the IMF/WB over the period 2017-2018 in Barbados, Jamaica and most recently in the Bahamas. Candice has also had significant input in the conversation around the loss and retention of correspondent banks in the Region (Reasons, Rationale, Solutions). She also participated in the Dialogue sessions hosted by the US State Department/US Correspondent Banks/Respondent Regional Banks/Governments and Statutory Authorities in Jamaica and Antigua.

Candice has most recently extended her regulatory and risk management scope to the area of Cybercrime and as a result has in October 2018 attained a Certificate in Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard (Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning)

Candice is a graduate of the University of the West Indies from which she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) and Legal Education Certificate (LEC).  She is admitted to practice in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Trinidad and Tobago jurisdictions. Candice also holds an accreditation in Global Association of Risk Practitioners (GARP) and served as the Deputy Director of the Caribbean Chapter of GARP from 2013 – 2015.

Cyralene Benskin-Murray

Denise Perez
Co-Membership Director

Denise has been with ACAMS for eight years and has held various positions within the organization.  She was previously the account manager for all U.S. Government Accounts, managed all European accounts and is now the Head of Caribbean for ACAMS. 

Her various roles within ACAMS have given her a unique perspective into the interaction and balance between the public and private sectors relating to financial crime prevention.

Working with the Caribbean has been a highlight in Denise’s career as she has been able to work with some of the most committed and gracious people in the financial crime prevention industry.

Denise holds an Associate’s Degree in Legal Assisting and has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2016.