Who are the team?

With his many contacts Regis was able to assemble an “A-Team” of experts who could make this dream become a reality. He found a willing construction company in Rufred Forbes, a logistics expert in Mickey Chalwell, a wonderful expert in setting up organizations in Sheynel Evans and a retired business executive Chris Marshall, along with willing helpers including Karl Jein, Aurelie Langrangneux, Belinda Dabbs, Ian Clark and Trudy Childs, all having specific functions linked to their skills and all prepared to work for free.
With the A-Team assembled the first roof was constructed quickly… using goodwill for labour and materials from Cortez Forbes and Mickey Chalwell. In the meantime the race was on to create a non-profit organization and bank account so donations could be accepted. Speed was essential because it continued to rain and cause further damage to homes and lives.

After many years working on luxury privately owned yachts preparing exceptional food for guests, Regis moved to the BVI in 2009 and acquired the long-term lease for the Brandywine Estate Restaurant, one of the most respected fine dining restaurants in the BVI.Regis, a formally trained chef and restauranteur was born in France and lived there until his travel bug thrust him into a world of travel at the age of 20.The successful Brandywine Estate Restaurant suffered substantial damage during Hurricane Irma. Not deterred, Regis is busily involved in the rebuilding process, supported by the Swedish owner of Brandywine Estate. Regis expanded Alistair Broderick’s ‘Feed the Kids’ programme by setting up an operation in the East End of Tortola which feeds over 100 kids six days a week. Not content with this, Regis was also the inspiration behind Adopt A Roof and brought in an exceptional team to ensure it is run in a professional and transparent manner.Regis is married to Claudine, from Edinburgh. They have a 2 year old son Luka and a new-born daughter Nykita
Born in New York, raised in Manchester, England Chris graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in International Relations & Politics from Staffordshire University.He served as a pilot in the Royal Navy after graduating from Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

He also worked in Product Marketing at several well-known automotive and aerospace companies before joining ECCO Safety Group, a global vehicle safety products company in 2002. In 2009 he became President & CEO of ESG based in Boise, growing it from $100m to almost $300m by 2016 when he announced his retirement.

He continues as a school board member, coaches and supports staff and has also become the school ski-team coordinator. He was recently voted onto the Bogus Basin Recreation Association and became Vice President of Adopt A Roof BVI a registered non profit organization, and the inspiration of Regis Bourdon in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to help residents of the small Caribbean nation to rebuild their lives.

Chris, his wife Kerry, and their two fantastic teenage boys love their home in Boise along with their home on Tortola in the BVI.

Chris has many interests including outdoor activities like sailing and skiing, reading current affairs & history. He also loves travel and has chalked up more than 40 countries at the last count.
Born in the British Virgin Islands, Sheynel Evans holds a Masters of Law Degree from University of London, specializing in Financial Crime and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. 

Sheynel has an extensive background in Financial Services and Compliance with international companies including Deloitte & Touche, Harneys and Maples & Calder. Between 2011 and 2014 Sheynel also managed the Compliance and Enforcement Unit of the BVI Financial Investigation Agency, tasked with monitoring and supervising Non Profit Organizations in the BVI.

In recent times, Sheynel has been heavily involved in humanitarian efforts and helping Non-Profits such as Convoy of Hope and Adopt A Roof navigate the compliance terrain in the BVI.

In her spare time she enjoys the art of making gelato and creating tropically inspired confections.
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Originally from Antigua, I was recruited to  the BVI in 2006 as a Quantity Surveyor on the Scrub Island Project. After 3 months I was appointed as Procurement Manager, responsible for purchasing all materials and finishes for the project. I’m a certified ASPE quantity surveyor presently working with BCQS on the Peter Island Projects as the Construction Manager. With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, prior to leaving Antigua I was involved with numerous projects, including the Antigua International Airport and the upper middle income homes in Cedar Valley Springs, both for the Stanford Development Company; The Sandals Mediterranean Village as the Assistant Procurement Manager for Kier Construction; Project Manager for Siboney Beach Club, which included room renovations and managing maintenance of the hotel.   Following Post Scrub Island I have worked as Construction Manager for Meridian Construction where my projects included tThe complete renovation of Scotiabank, Road Town branch; building additional classrooms for Cedar International School and setting out the piles for condos on the Nanny Cay project. Prior to by role with BCQS I have also worked as Quantity Surveyor in the Special Projects Unit with the BVI Government for 1 year
Born in the UK Ian has been associated with the Caribbean islands for over 35 years and first visited the BVI 30 years ago where he fell in love with the islands and its people. January 2018 will be his 20th anniversary of living permanently in Tortola. 

Originally working in the airline industry in the UK, Ian moved to Tortola to take up a position with Pussers. Over the years he has had several other positions working with Riteway, The Royal BVI Yacht Club and Conch Charters amongst others. 

For a number of years Ian was a member of the admin team of the BVI Community Board and participates in the BVI Youth Mentorship programme where he has held the position of Treasurer. Following Irma Ian temporarily relocated to the UK but looks forward to returning to the BVI early in 2018Enjoys traveling in his spare time. Loves to travel around the world
Aurelie is a French national who has lived in the BVI for more than 10 years.

She is a Senior Manager at Deloitte in the Virgin Islands and leads the tax department, primarily servicing clients in the financial services industry. She has over 11 years’ experience in US taxation, 10 of them acquired at Deloitte while servicing clients on the US mainland and in the Virgin Islands (BVI and USVI).

She is enrolled with the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is a candidate for the United States Certified Public Accountant (US CPA) license.She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) in 2006. She is fluent in English, French and proficient in Spanish. Aurelie is a traveler at heart, always in between two planes, and is a nature, animals and wine lover.
Karl was born and raised in Drogheda in the Republic of Ireland and after finishing high school Karl went on to study theatre in Dublin. After two years of college he was offered the chance to be director at his old youth theater. After two successful years he decided it was time to travel.

Karl traveled round Australia and Central Europe for another two years before eventually settling in Guernsey in the Channel Islands working as a bar manger for the 5 star Old Government House Hotel.

After five years there he was offered the opportunity to become bar manger of Cocomaya restaurant and bar in Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Eventually Karl decided to move on to another challenge of working on the sister island of Tortola at Brandywine Estate Restaurant where he still works today.

Since Hurricane Irma hit he has been involved with the charity “Free Food for Kids” and was also delighted join the ‘Adopt A Roof’ team as Head of Fundraising. 
Cortez Forbes was born on the 17th of December 1981 in the beautiful BVI. Raised on Tortola on the eastern end of the island in old plantation, he received his secondary education from the Elmore Stoutt High School, graduating in 1999.
After graduating he decided to work for his uncle’s construction company for 4 years. In 2003, Cortez ventured on to the City of New York to study Musical Engineering and partook in an internship that would have helped propel his musical career. Unfortunately, the music industry crashed and he decided to return home in 2005 and became involved in the construction industry and formed a local heavy equipment company with his cousin. While shadowing his father, who is a construction worker, Cortez gained skills needed to start working full time with Rufred Forbes and Associates Construction Company in 2007.
Since then, Cortez has worked on many projects including, Frenchman Paradise in 2007, The Multi-Purpose Complex (Renovation) in 2012, Bi Water Pump Station in 2014, Paraquita Sewer Plant in 2015, Frangipani Dance Studio in 2015, The Cabinet Office in 2016 and BEBR in 2017, just to name a few.
In 2017, Cortez joined AAR BVI. Cortez also loves food. He loves venturing out to different restaurants and trying out what they have to offer. He also enjoys hiking and beach days.
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Born and raised in Leicestershire in central England, Belinda finished full time education and moved to London, working for a charity, a marketing company and a property rental agency for several years before travelling and working in Australia.   Belinda returned to the UK to study International Business with languages.  She met and married her husband, Tim, in England before moving to the British Virgin Islands in 1994 where she worked for yacht charter and management companies and became a sailing instructor.  Tim and Belinda started ‘Deliverance’, a floating provisioning service to the outlying islands, and a marine engineering company 20 years ago to support the charter industry.  They have a son and a daughter, aged 19 and 17, both born in Tortola, who are currently studying in the UK but return to the BVI for the holidays.   Belinda travels to the UK when possible, is often seen out walking the dog and likes to stay fit through Zumba and Yoga as well as enjoying sports on and in the water.    Having been involved with several charities, she is delighted to be part of Adopt A Roof BVI and other post Irma initiatives in the BVI.
Born in the UK, Trudy began her career working in the City of London as an executive in the Corporate Finance Department of the Merchant Banking arm of Barclays Bank, BZW (Barclays De Zoete Wedd).  After 10 years, Trudy took a trip to the BVI where she met her now husband, Edward Childs who has resided in the BVI for 26 years.  In 1998 Trudy married Edward on Little Thatch Island to the West End of Tortola and 4 years later she had her first child, Sam followed 3 years later by a daughter, Freya.

After 20 years of living full time in the BVI, Trudy and her family were awarded official Residency in 2015 and after applying a year ago for Naturalisation are patiently waiting to hear from the Governors Office.

Trudy’s financial career continued in the BVI, working for 7 years with Virgin Traders Motor Yachts at Nanny Cay as their accounts and office manager. After a short break for her second baby, Trudy worked for 6 years at ES Construction Ltd at the East End of Tortola as book keeper and office manager.

In her spare time, aside from being the mother of two active teenagers, Trudy practices yoga, is a very keen Gardener, loves to walk her beloved dog and listen to music.  Due to the passing of Hurricane Irma, Trudy has taken up temporary residence in the UK with her children but will be returning to the BVI once her home of 21 years has been rebuilt.
Born in England, Lis graduated the University of Wales with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Physical Oceanography, followed by a PhD in Oceanography.

Her first career was as a post doctoral researcher investigating the effects of sun, wind and tides on the ecology of microscopic marine plants.  During this time she became familiar with small working ships and qualified as a senior instructor in Sub Aqua, White Water Kayaking and later in Sailing.

At the age of 30, Lis realised she had a vocation for teaching, and trained as a teacher of senior school physics and general science.  Her new career took her through roles including Head of Physics and Advanced Skills Teacher, and included responsibility for raising the achievement of both students and staff within the Science Faculty and Feeder Schools through the use of personal coaching and group workshops.

Lis took the difficult decision to retire early to enable her to spend time with her two loves;  her recently retired husband and the BVI. She was fortunate that her home in Tortola was not seriously damaged, and continues to spend as much time as possible in the BVI.