A lawyer by profession, Mr. Howard Mitchell maintained a successful Commercial Law Practice for thirty-five (35) years, with concentrations in Mining Law and Taxation, before retiring in 2010.
Mr. Mitchell has demonstrated a strong commitment to Public Service for decades and was appointed to the Board of the National Housing Trust (NHT) in 1987 and again served as Chairman from February 2008 to June 2012. He serves as a Justice of the Peace (JP) and 2017 he was awarded the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for outstanding service to Business and the Public Sector.
He has also served as Chairman on the following Boards:
- Coffee Industry Board; Jamaica Bauxite Institute; Bauxite and Alumina Trading Company Ltd. 2008 – 2012
- Cocoa Industry Board - 2009 – 2011
- Director of the Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation - 2012 – 2016
- Chairman of The Financial Services Commission - June 2016 – July 2017
- The Gaming Commission - 2016 – 2017
- Vice President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) - 2013 to present
Mr. Mitchell has negotiated a number of Mining Agreements on behalf of the Government of Jamaica and continues to provide advice on developments in that sector. His contribution to Private Enterprise includes the resuscitation of the Sports Development Agency (SDA) to become the Jamaica Lottery Company Limited (operators of Jamaica’s first successful private lottery) and the co-founder of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) (which was the forerunner of the CHASE Fund), as well as his leadership of the popular chain of Island Grill Restaurants and the establishment of Jamaica's largest packaging manufacturing plant, Corrpak Jamaica Ltd., before selling the company in 2016.
Mr. Mitchell is currently the President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and is also currently serving as Chairman of All Jamaica Air Services (AJAS) Limited, Chairman of the Council of the Institute of Jamaica as well as Company Director of TM Traders Ltd., CariMed and Kirk Distributors Limited.
Mr. Mitchell’s philanthropic activities include his financial support of numerous charities and his membership on the Board of Mustard Seed Foundation and former Chairmanship of St. Patrick’s Foundation.
His interests include fishing and politics. He has been married for over 40 years, and has 2 daughters.