Lana Ashby

Year group: 2011

Degree: LLM, Law

College: Wolfson

Home country: Barbados

Current position: Course Director and Lecturer in Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies, Barbados

Lana graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, Barbados in 2011 with First Class Honours, and then pursued a Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Cambridge.  Lana says ‘this would not have been possible without the emotional and financial support provided by a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.  I was able to pursue my studies with confidence that this experience would assist in achieving my goal of aiding in the development of my region and without fear of expulsion for financial reasons.’

In 2012, she became a Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Diamond Jubilee Alumni Member.  Lana says, ‘I attributes my success to God, first and foremost, the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, hardworking and dedicated staff at the Faculty of Law (special mention should be made of Norma Weir), committed staff at Wolfson College (special mention made of Mike Wignall and the other Porters) and last, but by no means least, my church family at the Cambridge Seventh day Adventist Church.’

Lana graduated from the Cambridge LLM programme with honours, and was fully prepared to enter the world of academia.  Immediately, she returned to her alma mater to teach various tenets of commercial law.  She is presently the Course Director in Contract Law, Corporate Insolvency and Corporate Finance at Cave Hill Campus in the Faculty of Law, and is also supervising Masters students with research interests in Corporate Law.  Lana sits on a number of University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) Committees and has recently joined the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals.  Her primary research interests include corporate insolvency, with an emphasis in rescue financing and restructuring as it relates to European Union and Commonwealth Caribbean Law and corporate governance.  She is a Ralph Boyce, American Federation of the University of the West Indies, National Development Scholar.

Lana intends to return to the United Kingdom in the near future to pursue a PhD but, in the meantime, ‘is thankful to God and the Cambridge Trusts for the opportunity provided to spread her “academic wings” at an institution of such high calibre.’