Mrs. Natalie Nadine Haynes has devoted her career to central banking and has served the Bank of Jamaica and the Jamaican people for over 30 years. Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica Mrs. Haynes is an authentic ‘daughter of the soil’. She was educated in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies Mona, where she obtained a BSc degree in Economics and History (Honours) which she received in 1985 and a Masters degree in Economics, which she received in 1988.
In 1987, just before the completion of her post-graduate studies, Mrs. Haynes began her career of public service with the Bank of Jamaica where she was assigned to the Economic Policy & Programming Department. She was soon recognized for her strong technical and analytical skills, and by 1996 had risen through the ranks to middle management as the Executive Assistant to the then Governor.
Mrs. Haynes’ journey into the operational aspects of the Bank which originally began in 1994, continued in 1998, when she was promoted to Director, Foreign Exchange Budgeting and Market Operations and Analysis Departments in the then Banking & Market Operations Division. She would eventually go on to head the Banking & Market Operations Division in 2005 when she was promoted to Division Chief, a position she held for almost 14 years. In this role she had responsibility for, inter alia:
- Oversight of the Bank’s currency operations
- Oversight of the banking and settlement services of the Bank
- The implementation of monetary policy
- The regulation and monitoring of cambios and remittance companies, including spearheading the establishment of relevant directives and guidelines
- The Bank’s Anti-Money Laundering/ Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance as Senior Compliance/Nominated Officer
- The daily management and administration of the central securities depository (JamClear®-CSD)
In 2019, Mrs. Haynes was appointed to the Executive Management of the Bank as Deputy Governor with responsibility for the Banking & Currency Operations and Financial Markets Infrastructure Divisions. She currently leads a dynamic team of over 100 staff members, spanning six departments.
Throughout her career at the Bank of Jamaica, Mrs. Haynes has spearheaded growth and innovation in the areas for which she has responsibility that have fostered the development of the local financial market. She was a critical part of the team for the implementation of the JamClear® Real Time Gross Settlement System and the JamClear® Central Securities Depository. More recently, she was responsible for the implementation of the JamClear® Foreign Exchange Trading Platform. These financial markets infrastructures have not only served to modernize the financial system in Jamaica but also promoted development by ensuring transparency and price discovery. As Chairman of the Bank’s Oversight Committee for the implementation of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), Mrs. Haynes is leading the charge for this major fintech innovation by the Bank.
During her years of service to the Bank, Mrs. Haynes has held several leadership positions on various committees, including serving as Chairman of the Bank of Jamaica Credit Committee and the Bank of Jamaica Asset Disposal Committee. She has also served as a member of the Board of the PetroCaribe Development Fund, and Chairman of the Board of Unity of Jamaica Church and currently serves as Chairman of Retail Payments of Jamaica and the National Payments Council. She has represented Bank of Jamaica at international conferences and as a member of several international committees including the Caricom Fintech Working Group, Center for Latin American Monetary Studies (CEMLA) Forum on Fintech Data Gaps, Western Hemisphere Payments and Security Settlement Forum and the World Bank Expert Group on Faster Payments.
Notwithstanding her noteworthy career and many accomplishments, Mrs. Haynes’ greatest accomplishment and source of pride is her family. She is married to Robert, and has two children, Robyn and Nathan-Edward.