Eric Evelyn was educated at the Gingerland Infant, Primary and Secondary Schools and the Charlestown Sixth Form College. He started his career in the field of Agriculture in January 1985 when he joined the Department of Agriculture.
He received professional training in General Agriculture at the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry in Trinidad between 1985 and 1987 from where he graduated with an Honours Diploma. He was one of only two students who graduated with Honours, placed second overall in the class and was given the privilege to be class valedictorian. He also holds a Diploma in Agricultural Extension from The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad (1991-1992) – he was top of the class. He has attended numerous training workshops in the Field of Agriculture in the region and internationally.
Eric has been employed with the Department of Agriculture for the past 30 years and presently holds the position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing, Co-operatives and Fisheries. Prior to this position, he performed the roles of Extension Officer, Communication Officer, Communications Supervisor and Officer in Charge of Quarantine.
Eric was successful in forging a partnership that resulted in a six episode television programme dubbed “Agriculture In Style” that was hosted by him and beamed to millions of people in the region and parts of the United States in 2014.
Eric currently serves as the Technical Secretary of the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD). He was first elected to the position in 2012 in the British Virgin Islands and re-elected in 2014 in the Cayman Islands to serve another two year term. He is also a member of the thematic group on Agriculture Health and Food Safety established under recommendations from CARICOM Agriculture Ministers and co-ordinated by the CARICOM Secretariat.