| Sir Henry deBoulay Forde, KA, QC, MA, LLM, LLD
Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Sir Henry de Boulay Forde, is recognised as a legal luminary in the Caribbean region. He is a former Barbadian parliamentarian and Attorney General.
Early life and education
Henry de Boulay Forde was born on
20 March 1933 to Courtney Ifill and Elise Ifill. He received his early education at Christ Church Boys' School, Boys' Foundation School, and Harrison College. He received a Barbados scholarship in 1952.
Sir Henry is the holder of BA, MA and LLM degrees from Christ’s College, Cambridge, he was granted Barrister-at-Law qualifications from Middle Temple - Inns of Court, London. He taught at the College of Arts and Sciences when UWI first entered Barbados in 1963, and played a critical role in helping the University build its reputation during those initial years. When the College became the Cave Hill Campus in 1970, he served as advisor to Sir Sidney Martin, former Principal of the Cave Hill Campus.
Sir Henry became a Member of Parliament in Barbados in 1971 and over the course of his distinguished political career he held the positions of Attorney General, Minister of External Affairs and leader of the Barbados Labour Party. As Attorney General, he championed the creation and implementation of legal equality for women; securing their rights as mothers and wives in property and marital law. For the period between 1976 and 2008, Sir Henry also served as a member of the Privy Council.
Sir Henry continues to offer his services in civil society in his capacities as a member of a number of professional societies such as the Inter-parliamentary Human Rights Network, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and the Barbados Museum and Historical Societies. For his meritorious service to Barbados, Sir Henry was conferred the order of Knight of St Andrew by the Office of the Governor-General of Barbados.
Honours and awards
In 1997, the Accolade of Knight of St. Andrew, Barbados' highest national honour, was conferred on Henry Forde in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession, public life and community service.