"As the father of a young adult daughter who is a stroke survivor, I have seen first-hand the tremendous challenges faced by stroke survivors to regain speech, function and rebuild their life. So when approached to chair the Jamaica Stroke Alliance, I accepted without hesitation, knowing the vast need in Jamaica to provide support and advice to the many stroke survivors."



Simon Roberts is the retired Chief Information Officer for the GraceKennedy Group. He held several leadership roles within the Group,  including General Manager of Dairy Industries (Jamaica) Ltd, CEO of Hardware & Lumber Ltd, as well as being General Manager of other GraceKennedy subsidiaries. He has also contributed to new product and process development, compensation design, major construction projects and community development projects since joining GraceKennedy in 1997. He also has over 15 years of experience in the steel industry in general management, engineering, metallurgy, customer service, quality assurance, process improvement, product development and IT deployment. He is a director of Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation and the Grace Cooperative Credit Union. A former Deputy President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, Chairman of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) [2007-2012 and current], and was Chairman of the National Quality Infrastructure Project from 2003 to 2007. He is a member of the Office of the O.U.R. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Metallurgical and Materials Sciences) from the University of Toronto and a Master of Applied Science (Management Sciences) from the University of Waterloo. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.




Senior Consultant Neurologist, Kingston Public Hospital

"As a practicing clinical neurologist I see the effects of acute stroke including the devastating chronic effects in survivors and I think this major coordinated approach will help greatly to improve the quality of care and outcomes for the increasing numbers of those being affected by strokes in Jamaica."



A retired business manager whose career has been spent in contributing to the growth and development of GraceKennedy Limited, particularly in the areas of marketing and new product development.

"I worked to convene this group that has now become the JSA because, as the  survivor of a stroke I have experienced first- hand the immense role that having a loving, supportive community around has played in enabling me to rebuild a purposeful life and live as independently as possible.  I realized that every Jamaican stroke survivor would need some level of support to live their best life after stroke. I realized that helping to establish a stroke support organization in Jamaica was the God-given purpose for my life."



Internal Medicine Consultant ABIM Certified and American College of Physicians 2018- 2019 IEP Fellow awardee in Stroke/Vascular Neurology at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Stroke Center Fl.

"With experience in the Jamaican Public health sector as a past Medical officer of Kingston and St Andrew Health department and present Senior Registrar /Acting Consultant at Kingston Public Hospital and Honorary Consultant at University hospital of the West Indies my passion is Stroke education: educating patients, future medical doctors, other health professionals and the wider Jamaica to improve Stroke care and to prevent Stroke in Jamaica."



Retired Executive of GraceKennedy Ltd and Executive in residence at the Mona Business School and currently a Director of the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation; the GraceKennedy Foundation and the JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation.

"As a past Chairman/Director of the UHWI I am very aware of the consequences of strokes on individuals and their families. I would like to help to predict; prevent; and alleviate this level of trauma."



Community development consultant with Directorships at Agency for Inter-City Renewal (AIR), and Ananda Marga Ja. Ltd.

"I am a stroke survivor, and in the last couple of years I have lost three close family members due to strokes. Having experienced the effect of acute stoke on my life and my community/society as a whole, I am passionate about the need to mitigate the disruption and collapse of individual and family life as a result of this eventuality."




"I am committed to Jamaica Stroke Alliance because stroke is a terrible thing, but the effect of stroke can be minimised through good public education, combined with proper and rapid medical treatment.  Stroke has debilitated dear friends of mine, and I have seen the damage it can do to the victim, and the victim’s family, friends and community.  I believe  that a relatively small investment in education and organisation can go a long way to mitigate this damage, and will produce great rewards."



Social Policy Researcher/Consultant

"I had a stroke in 2015 and since then I have been interested in how to ensure that this does not happen again for me.  So when Hilary called to ask if could work with her on creating a new entity that would focus on the basics of stroke prevention, care and support I jumped at the opportunity to contribute to reducing strokes and to making a difference for all Jamaicans in these areas."



Chief Executive Officer of The Jamaica National Group, is a member of the Board of all the local and overseas companies of the Group.  He is Chairman of the Jamaica Automobile Association, as well as Chairman of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Jamaican Diaspora Foundation and Mona Geoinformatics Institute.  He serves on the boards of several external organisations, including the Inter-American Dialogue.

A Chartered Accountant and graduate of The University of the West Indies, Mr Jarrett has received numerous awards for his contributions to business and national development, including the Order of Jamaica (OJ), for his exceptional contribution to the banking and financial sectors, public service and volunteerism.