Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has the responsibility to ensure effective corporate governance , to oversee Derrimon’s business strategy and affairs, and to secure the overall strength and success of the company.
Our Board, which is composed of appointed members who bring a wealth of knowledge in product development, engineering, retail customer service, distribution, business administration, finance and accounting. They are a strong body who utilize their vast skill sets and experiences to ensure the betterment and continuous development of the Derrimon way to.

Board of Directors 

Derrick Cotterell

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

As Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Derrimon Trading Company Ltd, Derrick has been responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the company since its inception in 1998. He also has significant experience in General Management, Sales, Marketing, and Procurement. Derrick also holds the position of Managing Director of Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances Limited, Woodcats International Limited, Marnock LLC and Marnock Retail.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for all the subsidiaries of Derrimon, Dupont Primary School, the Governor General of Jamaica’s “I Believe Initiative”, and the Chairman of My Ocean Limited. He also serves as a Deacon at his Church and is always seeking out opportunities to impact the lives of young people.

Derrick is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Florida International University, where he attained a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies and a Master of Business Administration, respectively.

Earl Anthony Richards, CD

Non-Executive Director

Earl is adroit in strategic planning, general management and operations. He has a prestigious history of public service and received the Order of Distinction – Commander Class (CD) for Public Service in 2002.
He is a past President of the Airport Authority of Jamaica and former Chief Executive Officer of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) Limited.
Earl is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering. He also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of the West Indies.

Winston Thomas

Non-Executive Director

Winston has over 30 years of expertise in the distribution industry, with significant experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). These include, bulk products, beverages, and international household brands. Winston was previously an Executive Director where he served the company in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies.

Alexander I.E. Williams

Non-Executive Director

Alexander is an Attorney-At-Law with specialization in civil litigation, constitutional law claims, commercial litigation, judicial review of administrative action and industrial relations and labour law. He maintains a private practice and has been practicing for over 30 years.
He serves as the President of the Jamaican Bar Association, Chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, Chairman of the Land Divestment Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Land Information Counsel of Jamaica and Chairman of the Tax Incentive Committee of the Urban Development Corporation.

Tania Waldron-Gooden

Non-Executive Director & Mentor to the Board

Tania Waldron-Gooden is the Chief Executive Officer at Caribbean Assurance Brokers Limited. She has a wealth of experience in Investment Banking, Research, New Product Development, Pension Fund, and Portfolio Management.

She has served on several boards in the capacity of director or mentor providing invaluable guidance and experience. As the Mentor to Derrimon Trading, her responsibility is to provide the Board with support in establishing proper procedures, systems and controls for its compliance with the Junior Market rules and requirements for financial reporting, good corporate governance, and the making of timely announcements.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sunderland in the U.K. She has also completed the Jamaica Securities Course as well as the Canadian Securities Course administered by the Canadian Securities Institute. Additionally, she holds a post graduate diploma in Paralegal Studies; and is registered/licensed as an Individual Investment Adviser as well as to sell and give advice on Life Insurance business and Sickness & Health Insurance business.

Paul Buchanan

Non-Executive Director

Paul is an experienced Investment Professional who brings years of experience in portfolio management, client acquisition, sales and marketing. He’s currently the Managing Director of Manwei International Limited and Chief Investment Officer of Cadre Investments Company Limited. He also sits on the Board of WILCO Finance Limited.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance, from The University of Technology, Jamaica.

Stephen Phillibert

Non-Executive Director

Stephen has over 20 years’ of experience in Finance & Accounting, General Management and Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial Risk. He joined Cornerstone in 2020 from PanJam Investment Limited, where he held the title of Chief Financial Officer for six years, and prior to that spent approximately ten years at GraceKennedy Limited in various financial and strategic roles, ending as Head -Corporate Planning & Strategy for the group. In his capacity at Cornerstone, he is responsible for the financial operations of the group, including financial accounting and management, regulatory and financial reporting in accordance with regulatory requirements, capital and operational budgeting, tax planning and reporting, and oversight of the financial control environment. Stephen also provides support on projects of strategic significance. He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, a BSc – Accounting from the University of the West Indies as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Howard Mitchell C.D., J.P.

Non-Executive Director & Mentor to the Board

A lawyer by profession, Mr. Howard Mitchell maintained a successful Commercial Law Practice for thirty-five (35) years, with concentrations in Mining Law and Taxation, before retiring in 2010.

Howard has decades of strong commitment to Public Service and has served in the past as a Board member and Chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT). He serves as a Justice of the Peace (JP) and in 2017 was awarded the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for outstanding service to Business and the Public Sector.
He is the immediate past Chairman of the Council of the Institute of Jamaica and the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal and has also served as Chairman on numerous statutory boards across a wide range of government ministries over the past twenty years. Mr. Mitchell has also negotiated a number of mining agreements on behalf of the Government of Jamaica. He currently serves on numerous boards in the capacity of Chairman or Director.

Howard has also served in the past as the President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and as a Director of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA).

Monique Cotterell

Company Secretary & HR Director

Company Secretary, Human Resource Director, Executive, Praise Warrior and the mon in Derrimon Trading Company Ltd, Monique is very much a part of the engine that drives this continuously evolving entity. Her extensive experience in both the service and retail industries specializing in customer service delivery and customer experience.

While she serves as a Director of the Rescue Package Foundation, Monique is also very active in the music ministry of her church.

She is a certified Executive Coach from School of Greatness, Canada and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University College of the Caribbean (UCC).

Ian Kelly

Chief Financial Officer

Ian is adept at finance and risk management with over 25 years of senior level experience in treasury, asset management, correspondent banking, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities trading. He serves as the Group Chief Financial Officer for Derrimon Trading Company Limited and the Divisional Director for Sampars. He is responsible for the financial reporting and stewardship of the company to internal and regulatory stakeholders, monitoring of subsidiary companies, as well as the execution of the expansion strategy of the Company.

Ian is also the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances Limited, Woodcats International Limited, Marnock LLC and Marnock Retail LLC.
He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Accounting from The University of the West Indies. Ian also completed the Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School, the University of Pennsylvania.
Ian serves on several Boards of which he is the Chairman of The Governor-General Jamaica Trust, TyDixon Primary School, Focused Opthalmics and Reggae Marathon. He also holds Director positions at Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances Limited, Woodcats International Limited, Marnock LLC, Marnock Retail, FosRich Group of Companies, Unibev Limited, FirstRock Private Equity and Dolla Guyana.