About Sir Paul Altman, Kt.
Sir Paul Altman has been involved in the real estate profession for over forty years. He is the Managing Director of Altman Real Estate, the Caribbean’s leading Real Estate Company. He has been at the forefront of developments in Barbados’ luxury residential market: he was instrumental in the establishment of the Royal Westmoreland golf residential community; led the development of the highly successful Sugar Hill Resort, and helped to set the tone for resort communities in Barbados. He is currently Chairman of Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Barbados’ first mixed-use centre.
Sir Paul is involved in urban renewal programs in Speightstown, Holetown and Bridgetown. He is a Past President of the Barbados National Trust and led the development of two museums which are both linked to the Trust, the Nidhe Israel Museum in Bridgetown and Arlington Museum in Speightstown.
The restoration of the Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Bridgetown, originally built in 1654, was led by Sir Paul and his family. It represents the highlight of his involvement in maintaining the heritage of Barbados. This project underwent its final phase of development in 2016, completing an entire city block. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Designation for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.
Sir Paul serves as a Director of a number of listed companies. He is Chairman of the Barbados Community Foundation, a private charity, and is a Justice of the Peace. Sir Paul is also a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Barbados. In 2013 he was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for his service to the award scheme and to the Barbados Youth Business Trust.
In 2000 Sir Paul was honoured by the Barbadian Government with a Centennial Honour and seven years later he was awarded the Government’s Gold Crown of Merit in recognition of his contribution to the development of Barbados’ tourism and the preservation of the island’s heritage. Sir Paul was presented with the University of the West Indies’ Caribbean Luminary Award in January 2008 and inducted into The University of the West Indies Chancellor’s Circle in July of that year. In 2010, he was selected to serve as the Chairman of the Campus Council at the University of the West Indies, Cave
In 2016, Sir Paul was honoured with the title of Knight Bachelor, as part of the British Honours System, for services to the preservation of historic buildings and real estate development. Sir Paul holds a BBA from the University of Miami and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, in 2009.
He is married to artist Rachelle Altman and they are the parents of two daughters.