Dr. Marion Williams served as Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados from 1999 to 2009.
She has worked in the area of economics and finance for most of her working life. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Surrey and a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers (FCIB) of the U.K., and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Dr. Williams was the first President and a founding member of the Barbados Institute of Banking and Finance. She is a former Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Centre for Monetary Studies (CCMS). In 2006 Dr. Williams was the recipient of the Award of Honorary Fellow of the Caribbean Association of Banking and Financial Institutes (CABFI). She received a national honour of Gold Crown of Merit by the Government of Barbados in 2006.
She has represented the Bank at several meetings and conferences, both regionally and internationally; has published articles in local, regional and international journals, and has served on many advisory boards and committees. She is the author of three books “ Liberalising a Regulated Banking System: The Caribbean Case”, published by Avebury, “Managing Public Finances in a Small Developing Economy – The Case of Barbados”, published by Praeger, and “Strategic Repositioning: A Caribbean Perspective on Economic Policy Making”, published by the Central Bank of Barbados.