Born into a traditional Jamaican family, Paula Kerr-Jarrett, the daughter of Christopher Bovell, Attorney-at-Law and Michelle started her early education at Immaculate Preparatory & High School, completing high school in the UK and reading Law and Politics at the University of London (SOAS & UCL) where she gained both her BA and LLM degrees. Moving back to Jamaica shortly after this, she qualified as an attorney-at-law at the Norman Manley Law School. Since her return home on a full time basis in 1990, she has been resident in Montego Bay. Over the years she has grown to recognize the tremendous assets that Jamaica has to offer, and her primary passion has since been to help develop and establish Jamaica and its environs into one of the most highly sought after locations to live and work. In order to realize this goal, she has cultivated a role as a social entrepreneur, networking various business and government organizations where possible with social needs that arise in order to create a synergy of ideas that aim to advance the prospects of Jamaicans from all levels of society. This role has involved her in numerous projects, including religious, charitable and educational organization. Her role has been both in the capacity of fund raising as well as heightening the awareness of various sections of our community to the needs of the less educated and less privileged. Her goal, if it could be put in a nutshell, would be “fair opportunity for all”. This is because she has a strong belief that your past should not determine your future, nor should your address or social background predetermine your potential prospects. Everyone deserves a first, second and third chance! This belief has challenged her to read extensively on and to attend many seminars that highlight the importance of education and self-development in order to realize a dynamic and exciting future for every individual. She continues to highlight wherever possible, her conviction that through an education and self-development, which includes not just traditional precepts of literacy but meaningful opportunities coupled with practical experiences, mentoring and guidance allowing a process of restoring character ethics, we can, through the participation of our businesses and professional community, unleash a culture of leadership in our Nation.
She is a Director of the Barnett Group of Companies. She has also served as a Director on the boards of the TEF and JAMPRO and is currently a Director on the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship Board (Founding Member); We Care for Cornwall Regional (Non-Profit group assisting Cornwall Regional Hospital with funding); Ambassador for the UWI (Western Campus) and Council Member of the Economic Growth Council (EGC).
In addition to her community work, Mrs. Kerr-Jarrett, uses her training as an attorney-at-law, works along with her husband Mark Kerr-Jarrett in the management of their family business, Barnett Estates. She also has direct oversight of company investments and the business development strategy of the Barnett group, in particular and most currently, the Barnett Tech Park. They have two children, Joshua and Rebecca. They also enjoy participating in several other activities including water skiing, alpine skiing, tennis, horseback riding and exploring new and exciting places whenever possible.