AGM 2024 - 2026
Board Nominations

Frances Bain-Cumberbatch

    Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer
Ansa McAl Limited

Frances Bain-Cumberbatch, an esteemed Attorney-at-law, currently holds the position of Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer at ANSA McAL Limited, the premier conglomerate in the Caribbean region. Serving as the Corporate Secretary to the Board of ANSA McAL Limited and as a director on the Board of ANSA Bank Limited, Frances brings forth a wealth of 17 years of corporate expertise to her pivotal role, leading the Legal and External Affairs functions within the ANSA McAL Group. She is an integral member of the Group's Executive Leadership Team.

In her capacity as Chief Legal Officer, Frances exercises comprehensive oversight over legal services, commercial and corporate transactions, regulatory and compliance matters, as well as litigation within the ANSA McAL Group. As Corporate Secretary, she is tasked with fostering board governance and upholding corporate governance standards across the Group.

Within the realm of Corporate and External Affairs, Frances manages the Group's reputational risk by nurturing stakeholder engagements, implementing effective crisis management strategies, and pioneering innovative marketing and brand initiatives. Notably, Frances champions the Group's Sustainability agenda, ensuring the integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles across all business operations and spearheading the development of a transparent sustainability reporting framework.

Frances commenced her legal career as an Associate at the firm of J.D. Sellier & Co. She holds a BA Double Major in French and Spanish from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, an LLB from the University of London, and a Legal Education Certificate from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad.

Under Frances's leadership, ANSA McAL Limited has garnered esteemed accolades, including awards for excellence in Corporate Governance from Ethical Boardroom in 2021 and for enterprise risk management from the Caribbean Risk Management Academy in 2022. Furthermore, Frances's leadership led to ANSA McAL Limited being recognized as the Overall Sustainability Champion 2024 – Large Companies by The European Business Chamber in Trinidad and Tobago (EUROCHAMTT).

Renowned for her strategic acumen and collaborative approach, Frances is esteemed as a credible voice in decision-making processes and governance establishment, consistently earning a place of influence in every endeavour she undertakes. Committed to dismantling conscious and unconscious biases based on barriers of class, race, age, and gender, Frances actively mentors young individuals, empowering them to thrive and make meaningful contributions to society.