Rudy William Grant
Government Senator, Barbados
Rudy Grant is a Barbadian management consultant, politician, and former parliamentarian.
Early life and education
Rudy Grant was born on 31 December 1964 in Barbados. He was educated at Belmont Primary School, St. Giles Primary School, and the Lodge School, Barbados. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree specialising in Economics from Mount Allison University, Canada (1990); a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Administration from Bradford University, England (1999); and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from University of London (2011).
Grant is a Management Consultant and Vice President of Grants Group of Companies. He also served as Senior Consultant in the Ministry of Industry & International Business.
In the 1994 and 1999 general elections, as a candidate for the Democratic Labour PArty (DLP) he unsuccessfully challenged Joseph Edghill of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the Christ Church Central constituency. Grant resigned from the DLP after the 1999 general election and joined the BLP in May 2000.
Grant was appointed to the Senate in 2003 and served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & International Transport until 2008 in the Owen Arthur Administration.
In 2008, Grant failed in his bid to win the St. Michael Central seat. He lost to Stven Blackett of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in a three-way race that included David Comissiong of the Peoples' Empowerment Party (PEP).
Grant previous unsuccessfuly ran as a DLP candidate in Christ Church West Central in the 1994 and 199 elections.
On 1 January 2014, Grant was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority. On 1 December 2016, Grant took up the post of Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA).
On 5 May 2018, Grant was appointed a Government Senator.