Edmund Gregory Hinkson is a successful attorney-at-law who was called to the Barbados Bar in January, 1985. The Member of Parliament for Saint James North since February, 2013, he has been the Opposition Barbados Labour Party’s Shadow Education Minister since that time. The Party’s present as well as a former Third Vice-Chairman, he has also served as its Public Relations Officer.
A Director of the Council for the Disabled and Member of the Association of Blind and Deaf, Edmund Hinkson is nationally recognized as being one of the leading advocates in the promotion of rights for persons with disabilities. He in March, 2015 laid in Parliament a Private Member’s Resolution urging Parliament to enact Disabilities legislation. He is also the former Deputy Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on the promotion of the Rights and Needs of Persons with Disabilities.
Edmund Hinkson is presently a Life Member of the Lions Club of Bridgetown, having served as the Leader of the Lions Clubs in Barbados in 2009-10 and having been honoured as the Best President out of 67 Lions Clubs in the Caribbean Sub-District 60B in 2005-2006.
He served for 5 years between 2008-13 as a Member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Salvation Army and previously for 3 years between 2002-05 as a Member of the Council of the Saint John Ambulance Association for Barbados.
Edmund Hinkson, who was previously a University of the West Indies’ Law Faculty part-time lecturer, has also served as a Sub-Committee Chairman of the local Small Business Association and a Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Internationally, Edmund Hinkson has been a Member of the International Bar Association since 1993, serving as Secretary and Chairman of its Negligence and Damages Sub-Committee for two years in 2004-05 and in 2010-11 respectively. He has also been a Member of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association since 2007, a Member of International Who’s Who of Professionals as well as of Who’s Who of Barbados Business.
He is a former Chairman of the National Conservation Commission between 1995-99 and of the Severance Payments Tribunal between 1995-97. Additionally, he is a former Deputy Chairman of the National Housing Corporation and of the Building Advisory Committee as well as a Member of the first Consumer Claims Tribunal, of the Income Tax Appeal Board and of the Board of Management of Harrison College as well as a Director of the National Cultural Foundation.
A 1979 University of the West Indies Scholarship winner, Edmund Hinkson is married to Beverly for the past 26 years and is the proud father of two adult children, Erica and Gregory.