Board of Directors


Gordon Burton

Deputy Chairwoman

Heather Allen

Heather has been a practicing attorney in the Turks and Caicos Islands (“TCI”) for over 25 years. After obtaining her LL.B (Hons) in Law at the University of Leeds, she qualified as a Barrister at Law at Lincoln’s Inn in London, prior to becoming a member of the law firm of Misick and Stanbrook in TCI. She was appointed a partner of that Firm in 1996. In 2006, she left Misick and Stanbrook in order to deal with the legal affairs of two substantial development companies in the Islands, whose interests she still represents. She also acts in an “of Counsel” capacity for a number of other clients, including the Firm of Stanfield Greene.

Heather’s active experience in the TCI legal field has been extremely broad covering, inter alia, all facets of real estate; commercial development; immigration (including work and residence permits as well as PRC’s); company incorporations and bank financing.

Heather is also a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace and currently serves as Deputy Chair of the TCI Airports Authority. Earlier, she chaired both the TCI Telecommunications Commission as well as the National Insurance Appeals Tribunal. She is also a past member of the Health Practitioners Board and the Public and Environmental Health Board.

TCIAA CEO | Ex-officio Member

John T. Smith, CMgr, MCMI, MRAeS, MIoD, MBA

John T Smith, a Chartered Manager with over 28 years international experience in the aviation industry, joined The airports Authority having years of experience in general management, project management and financial management. As the CEO of a growing nest of airports, he has successfully restructured the Airports Authority into a revenue centre within his first year of joining in September 2007. With his holistic, system methodology but tempered aggressive style of management he has engineered and led the acquisition of the 65% of the Joint Venture Company Providenciales Airport Company, giving 100% ownership to Airports Authority. Having acquired the asset he proceeded to successfully source financing for the redevelopment of the gateway airport of Providenciales International, a fully self financing project, at a cost of $110M.

His style of management saw him embark on a mission to increase airlift by working with carriers to start-up and increase flight into the Turks and Caicos Islands – the latest being Jet Blue. As CEO, Mr. Smith is responsible for management oversight of the Airports Authority’s Airports, their development and construction, the Authority’s $….M budget and approximately one hundred and twenty employees. With his specialization training and experience in Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing Techniques he looks forward to, and is well equipped to taking on the exciting challenges ahead, of multiplying profits, completing a world class airport facility and increasing airlift by triple digits.

Through all of this John remains an active and contributing member of the Chartered Managers Institute (UK), the Institute of Directors (UK), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (UK).. John places much emphasis on the TAR principles – transparency, accountability and responsibility, believing that humility is a pillar of strength and performance the bedrock of success.

Permanant Secretary, Ministry of Finance | Ex-officio Member

Athenee Harvey-Basden


Dwayne Gardiner

Dwayne Gardiner has worked in the construction industry since 1988, having started his career as a trainee Site Engineer with Mosko’s United Construction Ltd. in Nassau Bahamas.

Having completed an Associate Degree in Construction Engineering from the College of the Bahamas in 1989, he joined Johnston International Ltd. in the Turks & Caicos in 1990 until 2008. His tenure with Johnston took him to the United Kingdom where he read for a Bachelors Degree in Construction Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, graduating in 1995.

Whilst studying in the UK he was privileged to gain valuable experience on several Civil Engineering contracts across the UK as Site Engineer during breaks from academic studies.

Dwayne returned to the Turks & Caicos Islands in 1995 where he worked on several prestigious projects such as the Mansions on Grace Bay and Ports of Call Shopping Development.

His career also took him to the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts 1997 for two and a half years where as Senior Project Engineer he worked on the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Phase 2 and subsequently as Project Manager for the extension of the Government owned Needsmust Power Station.

He has elected to stay within the Turks & Caicos Islands since returning home in 2000, where he was engaged as Project Manager on projects such as Downtown Ballpark Phase 1 and Gustarvous Lightbourne Auditorium (2003 – 2006) subsequently on a mixture of luxury home construction, resort developments such as Dellis Cay and more recently a short tenure with the Hartling Group up to September 2015.

He is currently employed with Caicos Resorts Ltd and is also a member of the Drug prevention Foundation.


Conroy Smith