Grenville W Phillips II


Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineer, Planner, Project Manager & Adjudicator

President, Walbrent College



For over 20 years, Mr Phillips has worked on a wide range of project management and engineering projects in Barbados and the Caribbean region.  His experience includes:

  • project management of road and building construction projects;
  • structural engineering design of timber, masonry, structural steel, and reinforced concrete structures;
  • structural condition and vulnerability assessments of buildings to natural hazards;
  • environmental engineering design of sewerage and solid waste collection and treatment facilities;
  • highway engineering design of roads, aircraft runways and taxiways;
  • preparing and managing planning applications;
  • preparing and managing consultancy and construction contracts, including adjudicating disputes;
  • developing construction training materials and training building designers, contractors, and inspectors in current multi-hazard design and construction methods.

For over 10 years, Mr Phillips has prepared and made presentations on hurricane & earthquake resistant design, construction, and retrofitting for various regional and hemispheric organisations, including: the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Organisation of American States (OAS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP), and the United States Southern Command.  In the past 5 years, he has worked in Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Almost immediately following Hurricane Ivan in 2004,  Mr Phillips was responsible for developing and conducting workshops in every parish in Grenada in order to train Grenadian artisans to rebuild to higher standards.  Soon after the January 2010 earthquake, Mr Phillips was deployed to Haiti where he trained Haitian engineers to risk assess the safe structural condition of buildings, and to design effective and economical repair and strengthening measures.

Mr Phillips recently evaluated all of the primary and secondary schools in Dominica and prepared a maintenance policy and manual to effectively and economically maintain Dominica’s schools.  Mr Phillips also assessed most of the Barbados Agricultural Development & Marketing Corporation’s properties and prepared plans to allow them to improve their economic use.

Since being elected president of the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers in 2000, Mr Phillips has studied the relevant regional and international trade agreements, provided critical reviews of trade access and related market studies, and has assisted Barbados’ and CARICOM trade negotiators from 2002 to the present.




  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Saint Mary’sUniversity,Canada, 1988
  • Diploma in Engineering, Saint Mary’sUniversity,Canada, 1988
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil/Structural), TechnicalUniversity of Nova Scotia,Canada, 1991
  • Master of Applied Science (Environmental Engineering),DalhousieUniversity, 1998
  • Master of Urban and Rural Planning,Dalhousie University,Canada, 1998



  • Member, Past President, Barbados Association of Professional Engineers
  • Fellow, Chartered Institution of Structural Engineers,UK
  • Fellow, Chartered Institution ofHighways&Transport,UK
  • Member, Association for Project Management,UK
  • Member, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering



  • Safer Building Manual for Construction Supervisors, CDERA, 2005
  • Trainer’s Manual for delivering a safer building course, CDERA, 2005
  • Construction Quality Assurance Mechanism forGrenada, OAS, 2005
  • Construction Quality Assurance Mechanism forDominica, OAS, 2007
  • Building Design Standards for Houses in Haiti, 2010
  • What Do These Cracks Mean, 2012



  • Report on Barbados’ Readiness for Participating in the FTAA, 2002
  • Weighed in the Balance, Barbados Advocate weekly column, 2002 – 2004



  • President –BarbadosAssociation of Professional Engineers, 2000/2001, 2001/2002
  • Chairman –BarbadosProfessional Services Export Committee, 2002
  • President –BarbadosCoalition of Service Industries, 2002/2003, 2003/2004
  • Institution of Structural Engineers’ Representative – Accreditation of the Civil Engineering degree programme at the University of theWest Indies, 2004
  • Barbados Representative – United Nations’ Expert Meeting on “Trade and Development Aspects of Professional Services and Regulatory Frameworks”, Geneva, 17-19 Jan 2005.
  • Secretary, Institution of Structural Engineers, Caribbean Division, 2006/2007, 2007/2008
  • Director – Consulting Engineers Partnership Ltd, 2004 to 2011
  • President – Walbrent College, 2012 to present


8 Responses to “President”
  1. Cronje Bruwer says:

    Mr C Bruwer of the University of Johannesburg are trying to make contact with you regarding the offer to lecture on the 22 March 2012

  2. Captain Andrew Daarlington says:

    Is there a contact number or mailing address. I am seeking to establish contact to discuss training for employees with my organisation

  3. Vasilka Harding says:

    Mr. Richard Harrison, Project Manager of Education Project Implementation Unit is requesting information regarding short term courses with an overview of Construction Management.

  4. Anonymous says:

    As advised in your letter to editor on 30 August 2013, I checked the list of trained persons and was surprised to find the name of a trained person with same name of contractor (of course cannot verify it is not a different person with same name) who left my job unfinished with no explanation and who refused to return my key. I am impressed with your courses, but of course we teach principles but cannot force persons to apply them. I think you are doing a good job, keep it up.

    • Hi Anon:

      It should be assumed that every builder made significant mistakes before attending the course. Walbrent College can be likened unto a Church, where participants decide to reject their irresponsible pre-conversion behaviour and embrace responsible behaviour. All graduates of the college are given the same admonition that Jesus gave – “go and sin no more”.

      Please be advised that the College is available to adjudicate any construction disputes between all parties.


  5. Carlyle says:

    In relation to safe building. what do you think of pre-fab construction?

    • Hi Carlyle:

      Pre-fab construction is OK provided that an independent testing agency can verify the magnitude of wind and seismic action to which the pre-fab construction is rated.


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