16 new Permanent Secretaries

Chief Personnel Officer Gail Atkins has announced that 16 senior public officers have been promoted to the post of Permanent Secretary.

The promotions will take effect from Saturday, April 15.

Those promoted are June Chandler, to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; Donna Cadogan to the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport; Janet Phillips to the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development; Alyson Forte to the Ministry of the Civil Service; and Philmore Best to the Ministry of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development.

In addition, Siebert Frederick will be the new Permanent Secretary in the Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs; while Esworth Reid will head the Training Administration Division; Timothy Maynard will be in the Prime Minister’s Office, Division of Defence and Security; Nancy Headley will be in the Finance Division, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs; and Gabrielle Springer will head the Ministry of Health.

Daphne Kellman will take over the Ministry of Environment and Drainage; Yolande Howard will take charge of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development; Nicolla Simone Rudder will head the Ministry of Transport and Works; and Jehu Wiltshire, will head the Division of Energy and Telecommunications, Prime Minister’s Office.

Sandra Phillips and Yvette Goddard have been promoted to the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Rural Development and Office of the Attorney General, respectively. Atkins explained, however, that they will remain in Foreign Service duties until further notice.

The Chief Personnel Officer said the Personnel Administration Division is working assiduously to complete appointments for the next two levels – Deputy Permanent Secretary and Administrative Officer. (BGIS)

15 Responses to 16 new Permanent Secretaries

  1. RB April 14, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Elections coming for sure !!!!

    • Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Pro-MOTION, now what did they do to get that??? Or was this an entitlement based????

  2. Milli Watt April 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

    workers at the bottom going home and this crowd at the top getting promoted……….sounds about right

  3. Donild Trimp April 14, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I do not see this as anything positive.

    All I read in the papers everyday and all i see whenever I visit Barbados is an island once admired by all, now looked upon by the admirers as a basket case with an entitlement mentality.

    All these promotions with big sounding positions to do what?

    This is not news. The people of Barbados don’t want to read or hear about who is promoted to these “bid-up” entitled and privileged positions when 90% of the general population are suffering.

  4. Freeagent April 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I thought that there were to be no promotions in the public service during this period of Barbados’ economic demise

  5. JM April 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Donald Trimp you just continue to be engulfed by your abysmal ignorance. So sad!

    • hcalndre April 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      @JM: Can you see it different from what Donald Trimp said. These promotions are all election gifts and plenty more to come and I`ll bet the majority of promotions will be given to the DLP operatives and much more to come. The Civil Servants have to demand their pay increase.

  6. Sheron Inniss April 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I always wanted to know why we need so many permanent secretaries. Someone please help me

  7. Samantha Best April 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Why is it that there were no major overhaul or reassignment of the Permanent Secretaries? The Prime Minister as Minister of the Civil Service should have at least given Minister Sinckler a chance of getting some advice that he could act upon by giving him a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance with some level of expertise.

    The Ministry of Health is now heading for certain demise. She does not listen and has limited experience.

  8. JM April 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Correction…@ 12:42 pm…..Donild Trimp.

  9. Donild Trimp April 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    @JM – The truth hurts and I can tell by your response that you are of the entitlement mindset.

    I travel to Sydney and the first off the record topic is about businesses in Barbados ignoring the Government’s request to pay their taxes.

    One would think that such issues should not matter to people so far away but they do.

    Same thing in London, Canada and the USA.

    Folks like you bury your heads in the sand and pretend all is well but not me. I call it as I see it.

    Sixteen promotions to Permanent Secretary jobs is not worthy of front page news when the majority of people are struggling to survive.

    That release should be in the Government Gazette where it belongs.

  10. Friskie April 15, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Do people know the reasons they are Permanent Secreies? A permanent Secretary is the CEO of the various Ministries. Every business should have someone to run the entity. Therefore, the PS is the person in charge of Government Departments not Ministers as some might believe. Do the various commentators who do’n’t have a clue about what they are writing about only write because they want to be seen. Within recent times a number of PS retired, therefore, they had to be replacedone. A number of the appointment were persons acting in the position when the substantial holder retired. Remember what I said earlier permanent Secretaries lead the Various Government ministries not politicans. Politicans come and go, P S are there until their retirement. Stop brining politics into everything and use commonsense to see things as they are.

  11. Helicopter(8P) April 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulation to all newly apointed permanent secretaries may your yeas of dedication,leadership and supervisory skill empower you to bring about the best in your departments and ministries. Special congratulation goes to my family member who will have responsibility of Our Tranportation system, hyways and bi-ways, sea-port, airport and major govermental projects. May god bless you all!

  12. Donild Trimp April 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    @Friskie – what you are saying makes no difference to me and for your information, I do know the reasons there are Permanent Secretaries

    Barbados is rift with a mentality of entitlement so an individual being promoted to Permanent Secretary is not news to me.

    When these Permanent Secretaries are only accessible to a few big shots, I see a problem with the whole entitlement mentality permeating throughout Barbados today.

    I am strictly against the concept of “managed moves” so chew on that.

  13. Mikey April 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    @Donild Trimp, the appointment of permanent secretaries means that the government is seeking to find some favour among top civil servants. PS’s are the Financial Managers of the various government departments and can or cannot do favours for their Ministers.
    Ordinary Barbadians need to educate themselves about things that happen right in front their noses and not be blinded by political skulduggery and manipulation.
    Any appointments in a Hollywood environment speaks volumes for those who do not have to fear about their tenure of service and whether or not they will have a job and salary in the months and years ahead.
    Start reading, asking questions and learn about the things in which to be interested, rather than if Donald Duck Trump is clever, an idiot or a fraud, having declared bankruptcy a couple of times in the past, refused to pay employees and does not like black people and is still surprised that he is President of the United States of America.


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