Paulette Simpson, a Jamaican, has been named one of Powerful Media’s top 10 most powerful persons of African or Caribbean descent in Britain.
Every year, Powerful Media publishes its Powerlist, which honors the accomplishments of the most prominent British citizens of African, African-Caribbean, and African-American descent and lists the 100 most important black Britons.
On the Powerlist 2023, she came in at number eight.
She has been on the Powerlist four times, in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, respectively.
Simpson, the country’s first Caribbean-owned bank and a subsidiary of The Jamaica National Group, is presently the deputy chief executive officer of JN Bank UK. She has widely recognized for her advocacy work on behalf of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) communities.
The Voice, the sole black national newspaper in the UK, is also owned by The Jamaica National Group, and she also holds the position of executive director.
Simpson, the deputy head of the UK’s Windrush Commemoration Committee, received a Certificate of Commendation from the UK Home Secretary for her excellent work in the field of home affairs in addition to being named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2020.
Jarret noted in a statement, “Serving and uplifting our community has been my passion for many years, and I am absolutely delighted and humbled by the acknowledgment of my contribution in this manner. I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has provided opportunities for me to grow and has supported and guided me throughout this journey.”
After her parents demanded that their daughter be raised in Jamaica, Simpson was raised in Manchester, Jamaica by her paternal grandmother Violet Simpson. She spent her youth at Walderston, a neighborhood tucked between Williamsfield and Christiana.
She obtained her elementary education in Christiana and Mizpah, both of which are part of the Manchester parish, and is a proud graduate of Manchester High School in Mandeville.
Earl Jarrett, the chief executive officer of the JN Group, was also listed on the prestigious Powerlist rating, therefore her position in the top 10 of this year’s Powerlist is only one-half of a double celebration for the company.
Among his many other noteworthy accomplishments, he was honored for his visionary contribution to the group’s presence in the UK for more than 34 years and the recent launch of JN Bank UK.
Jarret expresses how honored she is, “I am truly humbled by this recognition. It is even more special to be recognized as a Jamaican and a global executive leader among some of the most influential people of African, African-Caribbean, and African-American heritage across the United Kingdom and beyond. It is empowering when we can celebrate the outstanding achievements of black people.”