About Us

The Cherry Tree Trust is a privately funded charity (charity no. 1014) established on 31 January 2012 in Barbados. The Trust is a charitable organization that earns to support administrative costs while obtaining capital and seed money purely from private donations.

Charles Pink, one of the founders, is a career banker who spent seven years living in the Caribbean. Whilst there, he developed an appreciation for the Caribbean and a wider interest in being part of its further development. Charles’s idea is a simple one: Foster growth by finding a way to support small businesses.

Small and micro business interests and entrepreneurs typically find starting out or expanding a business very difficult. Often this is due to difficulty accessing start-up or other investment capital due to the inability to provide security/collateral or verifiable trading records.

Our lending branch, Cherry Tree Lending, contributes to job creation by giving micro-businesses the opportunity to create jobs and offering qualified beneficiaries low-interest, unsecured loans, which ultimately contributes to the ongoing socio-economic development of Barbados.

Vision

To foster economic and social growth by enabling small businesses to get started or to get support to grow.

Mission

To address an unmet need within the marketplace, thereby fostering economic and social growth by enabling small businesses to either get established or to support their growth.

Values

Ambition - We are ambitious for our beneficiaries and continuously partner with them to realize their potential.

Passion - We care about what we do and what our beneficiaries do.

Partnership - We build close, long term, personalized relationships based on trust.

Meet the Team

Peter Hall
Peter Hall

Chairman, Director & Trustee

Peter is a Jamaican, born in Antigua now living in Barbados. The Caribbean is home to him in so many ways. Peter came to Barbados in 2002 and led the Human Resources and subsequently the Marketing fun... more

Renee Kowlessar
Renee Kowlessar

Director & Trustee

Growing up in Barbados, Renee swam and played tennis competitively. Going to McGill University in Montreal and securing a job after graduation with one of the then big 6 accounting firms opened Renee'... more

Ella Hoyos
Ella Hoyos

Director & Trustee

Ella N. Hoyos, is a seasoned Attorney-at-Law in private practice. She currently heads the Rockley Law Group, a boutique commercial law firm. She is also a qualified Mediator and Arbitrator. She start... more

 Patricia Deane
Patricia Deane

CEO

Patricia is Vincentian by birth, holds an American citizenship, and currently lives and works in Barbados. Patricia possesses over 20 years of management and operations experience in diverse industrie... more

Sasha Sheehy
Sasha Sheehy

Operations Manager, Strategic Planning & Communication

Sasha has traveled and worked across the Caribbean, mainly in the finance industry, for over 15 years. She started her career at JMMB where she gained a broad range of expertise in people management,... more

Ezlon Griffith
Ezlon Griffith

Credit Manager

Ezlon is a retired banker who spent 38 years in the industry with Barclays Bank/FirstCaribbean (33) and Butterfield Bank (5). He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of the UK and als... more

Deborah Mahabir-Yearwood
Deborah Mahabir-Yearwood

Treasurer

Deborah is Trinidadian by birth and made Barbados her home for the past 28 years. She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration specializing in Finance and Business Strategy and worked in the telec... more

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