Trevor Douglas Anderson Campbell is the holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree (Economics) – Upper Second Class Honours – from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Barbados (1985) and a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1987).
He commenced his working career on July 2, 1970 as a Clerical Officer in the Department of Inland Revenue where he rose to the office of Tax Inspector, his focus being on desk auditing of income tax returns and field auditing as it related to sales tax, before tendering his resignation in 1983 in order to complete studies at the UWI and to pursue graduate studies in Economics at Queen’s University.
On the completion of his studies in Canada in 1987, he returned to Barbados and was employed as an Economist 1 at the Public Investment Unit, which falls under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. His duties included, among other things, preparation of periodic updates of project profiles, familiarisation with objective, justification, costs, scheduling and plans and problems of assigned projects
However, it was in October 1991 when he accepted an offer to join the Central Bank of Barbados as a Junior Economist in the Research Department that the majority of his years (14) as a public servant was spent. Between 1991 and 1996, in that capacity, he was responsible for managing the Balance of Payments on a daily basis, making projections for the Bank’s Economic Outlook, interacting with IMF officials who were in Barbados in the early 1990s to provide guidance on the country’s stabilisation programme, participating in the Bank’s Annual Review Seminars, assisting the Bank in the preparing of its quarterly Reviews, presenting papers at overseas conferences with a view to having them published in recognised economic journals and playing a role with his involvement in the Schools’ Outreach Programme.
In 1997, he was promoted to Senior Economist, a position which he held until his retirement on December 5, 2005. In addition to most of the duties identified in his former position, this new post included the preparation of Board papers, policy memos, supervision of Junior Economists, overseeing the Balance of Payments, monitoring the public sector activities and being involved as a member of the Bank’s Economic Modelling Team.
Between 2000 and 2005, he was appointed to act as a Chief Economist on two occasions and Chief Policy Analyst on one occasion. Additional duties associated with these posts included becoming a member of the Editorial Committee, coordinating the budget of the Research Department and Research Management Delegation.
While at the Bank, he attended two IMF Balance of Payments training courses in Washington D.C and St. Kitts and Nevis, an IMF Financial Programming training course in Barbados and several internal training programmes conducted by Central Bank officers. Additionally, he has written several articles, mainly balance of payments related and to a lesser extent, on the public sector which have been published in international economic journals, for example, in Central Bank’s Economic Review, Money Affairs, International Journal of Public Administration, Savings and Development Issues, International Advances in Economic Research and Central Bank’s 30th Anniversary Publication, to name a few.
He was also engaged in part-time employment and was attached to the Department of Management Studies of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus where he lectured in Economic and Quantitative Aids to Decision-Making (1991-92), Introduction to Managerial Economics (1994) and Introduction to Microeconomics (1995-97).
In the field of sports, he represented Barbados in cricket in the Under-20 Youth Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in 1968, was a member of the Under-19 Youth team which played against the Australian Schoolboys at Kensington Oval in 1969 and made his debut for the Barbados Senior Team against the Duke of Norfolk X1 at Kensington Oval in 1970. Further, in martial arts, he attained the degree of Shodan (first degree black belt) as a member of the Barbados Shotokan Club in 2011.
He is married to Angela Waterman-Campbell.