About Us

The Board consists of nine members, four of whom including the Chairman, are appointed by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. The remaining five are elected by registered coconut growers and must themselves be registered coconut growers or the Managing Directors or managers of companies which are registered coconut growers.

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To promote the interest of the Jamaican coconut industry and its stakeholders, by encouraging and facilitating the efficient production of coconuts, providing ongoing research support, developing marketing opportunities, locally and globally, and administering regulations for the purchase, sale, and importation of coconut products and substitutes, in order to develop a profitable and sustainable industry.


The Board comprises the following members:

• Mr. Christopher Gentles – Chairman
• Mr. Demetrie Adams
• Mr. Stephen Black
• Mrs. Sandra Ennis
• Mrs. Sheryll Hamilton
• Mr. Nicholas Jones
• Mrs. Tanikie McClarthy-Allen
• Hon. Frank M. Phipps, O.J., Q.C
• Hon. Alaric A. Pottinger, C.D.


• Miss Yvonne Burns – General Manager
• Miss Nashell Blackwood – Corporate Secretary/Legal Officer


To lead, facilitate and co-ordinate a vibrant and efficient coconut industry which will improve the socio-economic conditions of the coconut growers, processors, traders and other stakeholders who rely on the crop for a livelihood.