Anthony Patrick Wood, JP
Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Anthony Patrick Wood is a Barbadian economist, politician and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Anthony Patrick Wood was born on 11 July 1960 in Barbados. He received his early education at Four Roads Primary and Harrison College. A graduate of Harrison College and the University of the West Indies, he earned his MPhil in Economics at Cambridge University in 1989.
Anthony Wood is an economist and lecturer at UWI Cave Hill.
In the 1999 general election, Wood won the St. Philip South seat for the BArbados Labour Party (BLP) defeating incumbent Freundel Stuart of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Wood was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. In 2003 he was appointed Minister of Energy and Public Utilities and in the cabinet reshuffle in February 2006 he assumed the portfolio of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports. He was defeated in the 2008 election by Adriel Brathwaite of the DLP.
Honours and awards
Wood was appointed Justice of the Peace at age 25. He is the recipient of several awards: Economics Theory Prize, UWI, 1982: Charles Kennedy Prize, UWI, 1983; Final Year Economics Prize, UWI, 1983; Cable and Wireless Scholarship, 1988; Smut Memorial Fund Grant, Cambridge, 1990.
A resident of Kirtons, Anthony has two children with his wife Roxann Franklyn-Wood. He is also a highly respected local sports administrator, serving as the President of the Eastern Sports Club, previously as Vice-President of the Sunrise Community Club and also as President of the Barbados Pool Development Organisation.