Senator Cheryl Bazard

Sen. Hon. Cheryl Bazard

Senator Bazard was born on the 5th May, 1969 and is the 16th child of Lawrence and Stella Major.  She graduated from St. John’s College as Head Girl and Valedictorian before going to the College of The Bahamas where she majored in History, earning an A.A. (Hons.).  She continued her studies at the University of Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Law (Second Class, Upper Division).  While there she received the Tunku Abdul Rahman prize for a First Class Pass in International Law.

Senator Bazard was the first Magistrate’s Court Clerk to then Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate Cleopatra Christie.  In July, 1991, she was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) and in August, 1991, she was called to the Bar of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  She worked in private practice for the period 1991 to 1997 and between 1996 and 1997, sat as an Acting Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate in the Night Civil and Traffic Courts.

Senator Bazard was Counsel in the Office of the Attorney-General and dealt primarily with civil matters, mutual legal assistance treaties and letters rogatory.  She represented that office at meetings with the United States Department of Justice and in Cuba on issues of maritime boundaries.

Between 1998 and 2002, Senator Bazard became Associate Director of Compliance, Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary for CIBC Bahamas Limited with responsibility for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In 2002 with the merger of CIBC and Barclays, Senator Bazard became Regional Director of Compliance for FirstCaribbean International Bank with responsibility for the creation of a compliance programme in 16 countries including The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Belize and the Caribbean.

In 2006, Senator Bazard re-entered private practice and serves as the Principal Attorney for Bazard & Co.

Senator Bazard has received several professional awards including the Bahamas’ Compliance Officer of the Year in 2002 and the Bahamas Financial Services Board Annual Professional Excellence Award in 2003.  She holds International Diplomas in Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance (with distinction) from the International Compliance Association in London.

Senator Bazard is the Founding President and Member of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO), a Member of the Ethics Committee of the Bahamas Bar Association, a Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Bahamas Securities Commission, a lecturer for the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services, Chairperson of the Credit Union Monitoring and Supervision Authority (CUMSA) of The Bahamas Co-operative League Limited (BCCL), a former Associate Tutor at the Eugene Dupuch Law School, former Radio Talk Show Host and Coach for the Cavalier Football Club.

Senator Bazard is a member of the National General Council (NGC) and Vice Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP).

Senator Bazard is married to Dr. Dante R. Bazard.  They are the parents of three (3) sons.