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Mark Barnett

National Water Commission Jamaica

Mr. Barnett is an accomplished Engineer of extensive experience, specializing in water and waste water engineering.  He has been an employee of the National Water Commission (NWC) for the past 23 years, managing both technical and commercial operations for water and waste water services.   

During his sojourn in the NWC, Mr. Barnett worked in various capacities such as Wastewater Engineer, Area Manager, Vice President Technical Operations, covering all parishes. 

He was appointed President of the NWC on August 1, 2015, having acted in that position from January 1, 2015 and prior to that between October and December in 2013.  

Mr Barnett has general oversight of all aspects of the organization, including operations, finances and the NWC strategic direction.  His specific responsibilities include:  

  • Planning, directing and controlling the operations of the National Water Commission in accordance with agreed Government and Board policy directives. 

  • Formulating and overseeing the implementation of the Commission’s long term strategic plans to ensure the Commission’s development. 

  • Ensuring that the Regulatory and Statutory roles are undertaken in accordance with the regulatory guidelines and related Acts. 

Among his educational qualifications are a Master of Science Degree in Water and Wastewater Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical & Process Engineering from the University of the West Indies and a Diploma in Chemical Technology from the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST). 

Mr. Barnett is a leader who is very aware of the NWC’s critical role in national development and uses his wide experience and expertise to positively impact the various areas of the company’s operations. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Cabinet appointed Enterprise Team in the pursuit of Public Private Partnership for water projects. 

His professional memberships and affiliation are the Jamaica Institute of Engineers (JIE), Professional Engineering Registration Board, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), President of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) and President of Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston.  

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