Ms. Yvonne Hall is the Executive Director, Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) where she strategically manages the national institution responsible for representing Jamaica’s interests in the regional and international fora and for ensuring that standardization, metrology and conformity assessment activities contribute to a safe and sustainable environment for consumers, businesses and the Government. Her notable achievements during her tenure include:
- Leading the realignment of the standardization focus to more adequately address stakeholder needs resulting in:
- a 92% increase in the number of standards published in 2012-13 compared with the previous year. 2013-14 showed a further increase of 188% over the previous year;
- over 80% of the national standards published each year (during 2012-13 and 2013-14) were adopted regional and international standards; and
- over 400% increase in the number of service standards published in 2013-14 compared with the previous financial year.
- Initiated the first national Economic Benefits of Standards Case Study using the ISO Methodology.
Ms. Hall attended the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Zoology (Hons.) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA, where she earned her Master’s of Science degree in Food Science. She is an accomplished executive with a proven ability for International Project Management, Strategic Planning, Technical & Management Training, Best Practices Application, Quality Control and Project Standards Enforcement.
Her professional work experience spans both overseas and locally having worked as: Assistant Vice President – International Technical Assistance Programme, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) where she was responsible for identifying funding of 6M Euro and managing technical assistance programmes geared at improving the export competitiveness of MSMEs. As an international worker she was employed to the General Foods Corporation, Delaware, USA as a Research Scientist and conducted research into the application of natural colours as a substitute for Food, Drug and Cosmetic artificial colours in food products. While serving as Coordinator at the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services Network in Barbados she was mandated with the task to develop and design models and programmes for capacity building of MSMEs within the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries and was able to:
- Implement a technical assistance project, which supported the institutional strengthening of 300 MSMEs in 17 Caribbean countries within a 4 year period.
- Develop and implement a marketing and promotional strategy which resulted in a 150% increase in client usage over a 4 year period.
She currently contributes to regional and local governance bodies serving as:
- Council Member, CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards & Quality (CROSQ)
- Vice Chair, HR Committee CROSQ
- Member, Standards Council Jamaica
- Member, National Competitiveness Council
- Member, MSME Logistics Hub Working Group (Managed numerous projects with WTO, CDB, CROSQ, World Bank, INBAR, among others to develop the use of standardization in Jamaica and the region.)