Board Member Bios

Charles Walton, CISSP, CISA, ABCP – Past President



Charles is a twenty year information technology veteran. For most of this time he has been involved in IT in the tourism and hospitality sector as a manager and a support specialist. He has also been involved in the implementation and support of Time and Attendance to networks solutions for a range of other clientele.


He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).

Mr. Charles Walton,

Jason Downey, CISSP – Treasurer


Jason started his IT career over 20 years ago in the trenches as a Tech Support rep for Cable & Wireless, moving up to Systems Administrator in the Internet department. He then moved on to Massy Group, a Caribbean conglomerate, where he progressed through the ranks from IT Specialist to IT Supervisor to Group Information Systems Security Manager.


He holds several IT Security certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), along with other certifications from Microsoft, Adobe, Citrix and CompTIA. He also possesses a Diploma in Management Studies from The Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity (BIMAP).


When not focusing on IT, Jason spends time indulging in various forms of motorsport, where he has been marshal, event organizer, and competitor for a number of years.

Mr. Jason Downey,

Mariette Simmons-Browne – Events Director


Mariette is a risk and management consultant providing services within Barbados and the region and holds the position of Secretary on the Board of the ISSA Barbados Chapter.  Her focus as a consultant is on transforming the way organisations conduct their business so that they can maximize their full potential and minimize risk exposure. Mariette is experienced in Information Risk Management and Awareness, IT Governance and Strategy, IT Systems Controls, Business Process Management and Analysis, Organisational Strategy and Operations, and People and Change Management. Mariette has close to 20 years’ experience in information risk management, holds a BSc. (Hons) in Computer Science and Management, is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is also Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC). Her experience spans a wide range of private and public sector clients in sectors such as banking, telecommunications, utility, healthcare, government, education, general and life insurance, hotel and retail.

Mariette Simmons-Browne,