Oral St. E. Mackie Holder

Consul General - New York @ Barbados

Mr. O St. E Mackie Holder was appointed Barbados’ Consul General to New York on 1 October, 2018.

From St. Peter in Barbados, he was educated at Harrison College and holds a MA from the University of Wales.

A former secondary school teacher, he has had an extensive media and marketing career, including launching numerous successful publications, notably   Barbados’ first newspaper for young people, HYPE, (Hot Young People’s Edition).

In 1980, he became Barbados’ fist Hansard Editor and in 1992, the first Black to be appointed to Hansard in the British Parliament.

Actively involved in politics since 1976, he is a well-known political strategist and consultant, delivering the largest victories in recent elections in Barbados. He has also worked politically in Bermuda, St. Kitts and St. Lucia, where he secured the largest victory in St. Lucia’s history in 2016.

In 1994, he became Personal Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur, Barbados fifth Prime Minister, and also served as Senior Research Analyst and Communications Specialist to the Prime Minister.

Mr. Holder is also a well-known Barbados culturalist. Among other achievements, he is an award-winning carnival band producer over 25 years, has written one play, Country Comfort, an award winner at the Barbados National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, (NIFCA); songs, the poetry collection Tears of the Heart; and has written extensively on popular culture and heritage preservation.

He is married to Treva, a marketing specialist. She is CEO of a boutique advertising agency, Chameleon Communications.