Mr. Claude Haylock
Mr. Claude Haylock, son of Mr. Hewitt Haylock and Mrs. Joan Haylock, was born in Corozal Town, Belize. As a young student, he attended primary school at Corozal Methodist School, then moved on to Ebenezer Methodist School, and completed his primary education at the Queen Street Baptist Primary School. In 1982, when he became a proud graduate of Saint John’s College, Claude was just another young Belizean full of enthusiasm and healthy apprehension – not entirely sure of what the future would hold for him.
After completing his initial studies in Belize, Claude’s first job role was as a member of Belize’s Foreign Service posted abroad on assignment for the Government of Belize. He was first stationed in Washington D.C. and then in New York. Little did he know that as he made his way to the Phillip Goldson International Airport, his journey would embark him on the ride of a lifetime that would take him to Chicago, New York, Nassau, Washington and London.
Like many people who emigrate from the jewel, Claude’s departure would be a journey of learning and success. He has held several professional positions including Minister Counsellor/Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Belize in Washington, D.C.; Deputy High Commissioner to Canada; Alternate Representative of Belize to the Organisation of American States; and Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations. Later on, Claude served as the Head of the Policy Unit of the Central Bank of the Bahamas, and as Senior Advisor for Economic & Development Affairs to the President of the 58th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In academia, Claude holds a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He has also studied at the Institute of European Studies in London and received additional training in issues related to financial sector regulation and supervision.
After all the years he has spent abroad gaining skill and expertise, Claude boarded a flight destined for home on 29th August 2017, to assume the post of Chief Executive Officer of the International Financial Services Commission (IFCS) in Belize. In this role, he provides oversight of the regulation and supervision of the “non-bank” financial services sector in Belize, as well as the Registrar of International Trusts and International Foundations, Registrar of Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Registrar of the International Business Companies (IBC) Registry, and Registrar of Merchant Shipping.
The story of Claude Haylock is the story of many Belizeans who leave home and prove that our citizens can become world-class professionals in any industry. This brief story does not do justice to the many hours spent worrying about life abroad, the restless nights and the demanding work, but it tells a story about a Belizean professional who has decided to come home to serve his beloved Belize. As the Belizean economy expands, professionals in areas of finance, engineering, medicine and banking will be needed now more than ever.
If you left Belize many years ago, we wish you the very best in your endeavours. You should know that whether it is to retire or to relax, to contribute as a professional, or to start your own business, Belize will always be your home awaiting you with open arms!