During the first PLP administration, Mr. Lister served as Minister of Youth & Sport, and as Minister of the Environment. During his appointment as Minister of the Environment he oversaw the restructuring of the Ministry and represented Bermuda at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2003, Mr. Lister returned to the backbench and served on the Sustainable Development Team. Mr. Lister returned to Cabinet in November 2006, and served as the Minister of Works & Engineering until December 2007. During this time he oversaw the opening of the New Material Recycling Plant, the completition of the renovations at the Sylvia Richardson Seniors Home, and the installation of a long term replacement bridge at the Causeway, among other initiatives.
Mr. Lister is currently the Chairman of the Bermuda Land Development Company, and has served as Chairman of the Ports Authority for the past two years.
Mr. Lister's first business enterprise was in operating a Grocery business in the Sandys community. In 1996, he became part owner and General Manager of the Lister Insurance Agency, Ltd. in Hamilton, a family business established by his uncle Mr. Walter Lister JP, MP. His business interest has expanded to real estate through the acquisition of W.J. Seymour Real Estate Ltd.
The true entrepreneur that he is, he saw opportunity in the "New Green Market" and with partners, formed Bermuda Infrastructure Alliance Ltd. (BIA Ltd.), as a company to promote and market "Green Technology" to Bermuda. Consequently, he has spent the past few years becoming immersed in the Green Technology. BIA Ltd.'s interests range from the generation of Renewable Energy to Electric Transportation. The company has contact with several of the independent electric car and truck manufactures and Mr. Lister has test driven many of their vehicles. As a result of much due diligence, he has teamed up with the Electric Car Company to use their Electric Car that is the perfect vehicle to introduce electric cars to the Islands. Mr. Lister has also spoke on Renewable Energy/Green Technology at Forums in the USA and Caribbean. He believes that "Green Energy Technology" has the potential to reduce the average household expenses if appropriately introduced.
Mr. Lister was born and raised in Sandys Parish. He was educated both locally and in the United States, and has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Lister is the husband to the former Miranda Showers and the father of four sons. He believes strongly in the need to strengthen the family and that it is important for fathers to fulfill their role in the lives of their children.