Stephen Albert Lashley, GCM, QC
Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Stephen Albert Lashley is a Barbadian politician and a former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Born in Gall Hill, St. John, Barbados on 6 January 1962, he received his primary education at the St. John's Mixed School, before proceeding to Presentation College and the Lodge School.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and Law and a Bachelor of Laws degree, both from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.
Lashley worked as a journalist from 1981 when he was a Sub-Editor at the Barbados Advocate newspaper. From there, he moved to the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, where he worked as a radio and television News Reporter. He was also employed from 1982 to 1988 at Barbados Rediffusion Services Limited and the Voice of Barbados, where he honed his skills and emerged as a seasoned journalist, with a focus on investigative journalism.
In 1988, he joined the Barbados Government Information Service and worked as an Information Officer for the next eight years, performing the role of Public Relations Officer to the Ministries of Education; Health; and the Attorney-General & Home Affairs.
Opting to advance his career in a new field, he completed his legal training at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago and was admitted to the Bar there, as well as the local Bar in 1995.
In 1996 he worked as in-house counsel for the accounting firm of KPMG, and later for Cable & Wireless, where he worked as Legal Advisor with lead responsibility for Risk Management, Internet and E-commerce, Contract and Consumer Protection matters.
In 2008, he entered elective politics by contesting and winning a seat in the House of Assembly representing the Christ Church West Central constituency.
He was sworn in as Minister of Youth, Family and Sports on Wednesday, 10 March 2010. Responsibility for Culture was added to his portfolio, when on Thursday, 30 September 2010, he was sworn in as Minister of Family, Culture, Sports & Youth.
Between 2008 and 2010, he served as Chairman of Committees in Parliament.
Lashley was unsuccessful in his bid to retain in seat in the 24 May 2018 General Election.
Honours and awards
In the 2017 Independent Honours, Lashley was conferred with the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM) for his contribution to Culture, Sports and Youth and the planning and execution of CARIFESTA 2017.