Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Reginald Farley is a Barbadian accountant, politician, and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Reginald Farley was born on 26 June 1961 in Barbados. He was educated at St. Judes Primary, Boys' Foundation School, and Erdiston Teachers College. He holds a BSc in Economics and Management from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. In 2013, he received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Nova Scotia.
Farley career started as a teacher and part-time tutor at the Barbados Community College. He later moved to the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation as a Business Development Officer, and then onto the Barbados Chamber of Commerce as its Executive Director (1992-1994).
Farley was appointed a Government Senator from 1994 to 1999. He later served as the Member of Parliament for Christ Church East from 1999 to 2008 on a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ticket.
He was as a Cabinet Minister from 1994 to 2008 in the Owen Arthur Administration. He held the portfolios of Industry, Commerce & Business Development (1994-1999);
Industry & International Business (1999-2001);
Economic Development (2001-2003);
Education, Youth Affairs & Sports (2003-2006); and
Housing & Lands (2006-2008).
In 2008, Farley lost his re-election bid to Denis Lowe of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
He is currently Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados.
Farley is married and the father of two children.