Many have been the glowing and deserving tributes which have been offered in memory of the late Ainsley Albert Mark who departed this life on Tuesday, August 19 after he had served the “allotted three score and ten” last April.
These tributes have noted the commitment and passion which Ainsley had brought to any endeavour which he might have undertaken, whether be it his attempts to maintain his alma mater, Queen’s Royal College, in its pristine state, his exploits in horse racing or the steelband. There is no doubt Ainsley was a humanitarian who has left his “mark”.
During my countless conversations with him during the post-1970 period, he had always expressed his deep concern for the economic independence of Trinidad and Tobago. Indeed, Ainsley was very much a part of that group of local (mainly “black”) professionals and senior public officers who were committed to attempting to bringing the “commanding heights” of the economy under local control by laying the foundation for establishing such institutions as the FCB and the acquisition, by the State, of then strategically-placed foreign companies.
It is within this context, therefore, that Ainsley had seen the need to reduce the influence and\or the presence locally of multinational firms in his own chosen professional field of Accounting and Auditing. It should be noted that, at that time, there were but a few local such firms among which was that of John Hunt who, like Ainsley, was a QRC old boy. Indeed Hunt was reputed to have been the first T&T Island Scholar to have chosen to enter the field of Accountancy.
The above explains Ainsley’s decision to establish and to lead a local accounting firm in the form of Mark, Castillo and Toney (now Pannell Kerr Foster). May his legacy be maintained and bay he rest in peace.
Errol OC Cupid