VERLA DE PEIZA was educated at Harrison College and was a 1991 Barbados Exhibition awardee. She completed her tertiary education at the University of Southampton where she gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics and Law with Upper Second Class honours. These are two separate degree designations. And critical to the study of politics was the application of economic principles to the ordering of society. Her dissertation, for which she received First Class honours, was entitled: “Controlling Drugs Trafficking in the Caribbean”.
Further education was undertaken at the Queen Mary College of the University of London where she achieved a Merit in the Master of Laws degree specialising in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The courses of study included policing and police policy; and crime control. Although she does not practise in the field, she is a trained criminologist.
Ms. De Peiza is qualified to practise in England and Wales since 1996. However, she chose instead to return to Barbados. Three weeks after her return to these shores she joined the Charlton Chambers, Whitepark Road, St. Michael where she remains in general practice to this day, having been called to the local Bar in 2000.
This mother of two teenagers was the candidate in Christ Church West for the Democratic Labour Party on two occasions. She also chaired a National Insurance Board Severance Tribunal for 10 years from 2008 and a Government Senator from 2010 to 2018. As a public service, Ms. De Peiza was a presenter on CBC on legal matters. She has held several offices both in the Young Democrats and in the parent Party; and is the current President of the Democratic Labour Party, having gained the overwhelming support of members at the last Annual Conference. She is the first female ever to hold the highest office of the Party.