Henrietta Elizabeth 'Liz' Thompson
Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
H. Elizabeth Thompson is a Barbadian lawyer, politician, and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Henrietta Elizabeth 'Liz' Thompson was born on 22 November 1961 in Barbados. She was educated at St. Mary's Infant's School, Bel Air Preparatory School, St. Michael's Girls' School, and Queen's College, Barbados. She hold a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus), a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, an MBA (with Distinction) from the University of Liverpool, UK, and an Masters of Law (LLM) degreee in energy and environmental law and policy with a minor in renewable energy law and policy from the Robert Gordon University, Scotland.
An attorney-at-law by profession, Liz Thompson was an elected Member of Parliament from 1994 to 2008 for the St. James South constituency. She was a Minister for 12 years, serving at various times as Minister of Health, Minister of Housing, Minister of Physical Development, and finally Minister of Energy and Environment of Barbados.
Thompson lost in her re-election bid in 2008, but continued in the upper chamber of Parliament as a Senator and Leader of Minority Business in the Senate from 2008.
In 2010, Thompson was appointed by the Secretary General as an Assistant Secretary General of the UN and one of two Executive Coordinators of Rio+20 responsible for building support for the themes, objectives and outcomes of the Conference.
Honours and awards
In 2008, Thompson was honored with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s prestigious Champion of the Earth Award for her work in climate change and environment.
Thompson is married.