Founding Members

Norris Mitchell – Founder, Director/Former President

A Chartered Architect and Urban Planner by profession, is the founder of the Willie Redhead Foundation (tWRF), Mr. Mitchell was the President from the Foundation’s establishment in 1994 to 2011. Mr. Mitchell’s professional career includes working in London England, where he pursued his architectural education, Nigeria, Guyana, Canada and the Eastern Caribbean as a Consultant and is a Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada(RAIC).

As President his agenda was to endeavour to heighten the cultural consciousness of citizens in that they become increasingly aware of the uniqueness of Grenada’s natural and cultural traditions as part of the tapestry of the heritage of mankind, to be protected and preserved for the joy, fulfillment and material benefit of generations to come.

Arnold Morris Cruickshank – Director

DICTA, MSc, (Agriculture), Cruickshank is an Agronomist by profession working experience includes Chief Technical Officer (Agronomy) Ministry of Agriculture, Grenada, Assistant Director ( Agriculture Division) Caribbean Development Bank, Barbados, Senior Manager (Agriculture/ Industry Division) Caribbean Development Bank, Barbados and Senior Field Programme Officer, Development Division, FAO, Rome. His Public Service includes Former member of the Interim Government Grenada (1984) with responsibility for Agriculture and Industry, Chairman, Board of Directors Grenada Development Bank, Manager, Grenada Industrial Corporation, Member, Board of Directors Grenada Model Farms Corporation, Member, Interim Governing Council T.A. Marryshow Community College, Awarded the Insignia of Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E) by Her Majesty the Queen, for service to Agriculture.

Arnold Morris Cruickshank – Director

Born at “Ashford “St Paul’s, Grenada in 1930, Ray Smith attended school ( to HSC level) at the GBSS in St George’s. He received his initial training in basic engineering at the Public Health Engineering Unit in St Georges before migrating to Canada to pursue studies in radio engineering. He pursued night courses in Management and Administration at Sir George Williams College while working in Montreal, he was an Associate Member IRE, and Member, IEEE. Recruited in Montreal, he returned to Grenada to take up the post of Chief Engineer Windward, Island. Broadcasting Service (WIBS) in 1954, serving until its disbandment in 1971, whereafter, as a consultant in private practice he advised Dominica, St Lucia and St Vincent, on the establishment of their own respective local broadcasting service and Corporation. Mr. Smith served training attachments at the BBC and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

During the late 1980’s Mr. Smith was the adviser and chief negotiator for the Government of Grenada in the initiative to bring together the business interests of the Grenada Telephone Company and Cable and Wireless, leading to the establishment of GRENTEL of which he served as its first Chairman. Upon the colapse of the People’s Revolutionary Government, Mr. Smith served in 1983/84, as a member of the Interim Administration lead by Governor General Sir Paul Scoon, with Ministerial responsibility for Telecommunications and for Health. Mr. Smith represented Grenada as a member of the Grenada delegation to the Plenitentiary Conference of the ITU in Nairobi, Kenya in 1982, and served on the Board of Directors of Jonas Browne & Hubbard G’da Ltd for 33 years, from 1972 to 2005.

Mr. Smith is a founder-member of the Willie Redhead Foundation. Ray Smith is a lineal descendent of James Smith, one of the Scots-Grenadian master-builders educated in Edinburgh, who constructed several of the Georgian buildings which grace the historic district of St Georges. Mr. Smith is married and has two sons.

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