| Sir Louis Randall Tull, KA, QC
Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Sir Louis Randall Tull is a Barbadian lawyer, politician, and a former Cabinet Minsiter.
Early life and education
Louis Randall Tull was born on 27 January 1938 at Lears, St. Michael to Carlotta and Godfrey Tull. He received his early education at St. Matthews Boys’ School, St. Giles Boys’ School, and Harrison College. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a First-Class Honours Degree in Classics, winning the faculty’s gold medal. He read law at St. John’s College in the University of Oxford, gaining both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.
Sir Louis completed his legal training at the Council of Legal Education in England, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales. He is a member of the Inner Temple Legal Society. He became one of the leading advocates in Barbados. In 1981, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel.
Sir Louis was first appointed to the Barbados Senate in 1971. In 1976, he was elected to the House of Assembly as the member for the St. George South constituency, and became Minister of Education and Community Development, later Education then Education and Culture. As Minister of Education he gained the consensus of all the Teachers’ Unions and other stakeholders to the Education Bill, returned all 14 year olds to the classroom, raised the school-leaving age to 16 years, and increased places for children of secondary school age by building new schools, and expanding existing ones.
As Minister of Culture Sir Louis led Barbados’ delegation to Carifesta in Cuba in 1979, and presided over Carifesta 1981 in Barbados. He restructured and popularized the Crop Over Festival. He provided greater facilities and resources for the arts and culture. He is credited for using the resources of Government to facilitate the democratization of culture, and raising cultural awareness in Barbados. He served as Chairman of the Inter-American Committee on Science, Education, and Culture.
Sir Louis was a member of the University of the West Indies’ Council and Grants Committee and has been for many years a member of the Council, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Grants Committee and Audit Committee of the Cave Hill Campus.
In 1981 he was appointed Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in 1985 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs. During this period a spate of intellectual property, commercial and offshore financial services Legislation was passed, and also the Companies Act. He represented Barbados on the United Nations Negotiations on the Law of the Sea. As Minister of Foreign Affairs he played a critical role in the Grenada crisis in 1983.
In 1977 he was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, and 1984 the Gran Cruz, Orden de Boyaca, the Government of Colombia’s highest award.
He is an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, University of Manitoba since 1974.
In 1998 he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and has served as Special Envoy for the Government on a number of overseas missions.
In 2003, he was appointed by CARICOM as the Regional Negotiator for the United Nations Negotiations on the Convention Against Corruption. With 33 years’ service, he is one of the longest serving parliamentarians in the history of Barbados.
Honours and awards
In 2006, the Accolade of Knight of St. Andrew, Barbados' highest national honour, was conferred on Louis Tull in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession, public life and community service.
Sir Louis is married to wife Ordene Tull (née Haynes) and is the father of three children - Michael, Carolyn, and Nicole.