Regis Burton’s commitment to the professional development of young people through mentorship and social enterprise, along with his continued humanitarian work earned him a Queen’s Young Leaders award at just 24 years old.
He’s a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nolan Hue, a non-profit organisation that aims to create professional opportunities for people, particularly youth, so that they can have a positive environment to help them develop.
Nolan Hue assists with essential items for job interviews for the less fortunate through its Interview Programme, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills Training for youth, athletes, musicians, and young professionals in networking events.
These ‘networking events’ are designed to help individuals meet people outside of their own circle so that they can eventually benefit from the interactions.
The events offer the youth the opportunity to mix with successful persons from different areas other than those to which they have become accustomed.
“We are bringing people together to discuss productive and pro-active things and build business relationships for the future,” Regis said.
In addition, the Nolan Hue Professional Development Scholarship is a monetary assistance programme that will help individuals in the infant stages of their career.
A Professional Development Scholarship Award was presented to two students – Frances Fearon from the Antigua Girls High School and Jamoy Morrision from the Antigua Grammar School – who will be sponsored by Nolan Hue in their first year at the Antigua State College.
The name Nolan Hue originally came about as the company was supposed to be a male fashion line. However, after seeing that there was no real networking procedures in place in Antigua and Barbuda, Regis together with four others and several volunteers decided on the Life Style concept.
“Through career development programmes and networking opportunities, Nolan Hue intends to ultimately raise the standard of what it means to be a professional in Antigua & Barbuda, the wider Caribbean and by extent, the world,” Burton explained.
Outside of his Nolan Hue and his professional career as the Human Resource System Analyst at the Antigua and Barbuda Public Utilities Authority (APUA), Burton is an avid cricketer and once played in the ICC under 19 World Cup (representing USA). He was a member of the National Youth Forum, a local committee of seven, which executed the first political debate in Antigua and Barbuda; the Antigua & Barbuda Reparation Support Commission and; Project Sync Incorporated, a local non-profit organisation where in his capacity as Chairman, he was a panelist speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus 44th Annual Legislative Conference.
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society, established The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth at the time of her Diamond Jubilee.
Each year from 2014 to 2018, 60 exceptional young people will be selected to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award and become ‘Queen’s Young Leaders’.