Lieutenant Commander Brian W Roberts MSc.
Lieutenant Commander Brian Roberts joined the RSS HQ in 2012 as the Regional Maritime Officer, after twenty-eight (28) years of military service in the Barbados Defence Force. His military career provided him with the opportunity to serve in several command and administrative appointments, both in the Land Forces and the Barbados Coast Guard. During this period, he acquired professional competencies in defence and security matters through extensive operations and training within the Caribbean, the USA, Canada and the UK.
He brought Regional Security System Headquarters a wealth of experience and very good understanding of the vulnerability and multi-dimensional security challenges facing the Caribbean Small Islands Developing States. This experience enabled him as Regional Maritime Officer to implement several training and operational initiatives for the enhancement of maritime cooperation in the Sub-region while contributing directly to the strategic security frameworks for regional inter-agency cooperation. Lieutenant Commander Roberts was appointed Director of Training in October 2016 where he is team leader for the general administrative direction of RSS Training Institute in fulfilling its vision of “Building a foundation of excellence through standardized training”.
His career was supplemented by multi-disciplinary security education and training conducted in multi-cultural environments, which enabled him to maintain a balance between his military and academic development. In this regard, he holds a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Jamaica. He also holds an Executive Diploma in Management, Cave Hill School of Business, (UWI) Cave Hill Barbados and a Certificate in Port Administration, Maritime Logistics and Shipping Business from the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Jamaica. He is also a graduate of the William J Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies, National Defence University, Washington DC. and a graduate of the prestigious Caribbean Leadership Development Programme.
Lieutenant Commander Roberts is the recipient of the Service Medal of Honour for meritorious service, the Regional Security System Service Medal and the General Service Medal for service in Grenada. He also was awarded the Defence Board commendation for outstanding service rendered during Cricket World Cup 2007.
His vision is for the development of adequate expertise in the security forces of the RSS Member States through the provision of capacity building programmes which are evidence based. This, he thinks, is a critical enabler for the maintenance of the RSS mission.