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Tourism Ministry Appointments

Mr. Jonathan Jackson has taken over as the new Deputy Chief Officer in the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport.

Two qualified Caymanians have recently taken further steps up the public sector ladder within the civil service.

Mr. Jonathan Jackson has been confirmed as a Deputy Chief Officer (DCO) in the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport. Meanwhile, Ms Neyka Webster is about to take over as the ministry's new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

In his role as DCO, Mr. Jackson has specific responsibility to deal with policies concerning District Administration, National Weather Service, and Sister Islands Affordable Housing.

Primarily, he will direct and advise ministry staff and heads of departments on the implementation of policies in relation to his areas of responsibility. He will also support Chief Officer Stran Bodden in the overall management of the ministry's activities and projects.

Prior to being seconded to the Ministry as Acting DCO, Mr. Jackson served as General Manager of the Recreation, Parks and Cemeteries Unit (RPCU) in the Public Works Department. In this capacity, he provided operational management for 30 RPCU staff, 126 government facilities, 68 acres of Crown property, and eight miles of George Town streets.

A modest, pleasantly-spoken architecture graduate from the University of Miami, he has also worked extensively in the Planning Department, as well as the private sector, notably architectural firm OBM and Heritage Holdings, where he managed projects, capital works and construction of projects such as the Countryside Shopping Village.

Mr. Jackson, who has 21 years public service experience, commented on his current assignment with customary humility: "I remain grateful for this opportunity to serve the Caymanian community and look forward to many more years as part of the good governance system that will shape the Cayman Islands into a successful future."

Ms Neyka Webster is the new Chief Financial Officer in the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport.

Ms Neyka Webster will move to her new post as the ministry's CFO, from the Portfolio of the Civil Service and the Cabinet Office where she is Acting CFO.

In her new role, this dynamic, committed officer, who sets high standards for herself, will prepare all budget documents and manage the entire budget process for the ministry. Additionally, she will prepare and submit annual financial statements to the Auditor General and liaise with auditors to complete the audits by the statutory deadline, Chief Officer Bodden explained.

Ms Webster will also prepare and analyse quarterly reports and monthly management accounts on a timely basis and be responsible for cash management including cash flow forecasts, he added.

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), with certification from the New Hampshire State Board of Accountancy, Ms Webster also holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Lancaster, UK, and an honours degree in accounting and finance from the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Prior to joining the civil service, Ms Webster worked in the private sector accounting firm KPMG as Staff Accountant in the audit division for hedge funds and alternative investment practices.

Commenting on her promotion, Ms Webster said, "I am very excited to be given the opportunity to take on the post of Chief Financial Officer and I am looking forward to the new challenges and to making a positive difference within the ministry."

(GIS)

For further information contact: Bina Mani




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