Governor fills empty commission seats

| 24/09/2019 | 28 Comments
Cayman News Service
Dale Crowley

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has announced several new appointments and reappointments to important constitutional commissions. After six months without a chairman, lawyer Dale Crowley has been appointed to head the Human Rights Commission for a three year term. He joins existing members Reverend Yvette Noble-Bloomfield, Joni Kirkconnell and Dorothy Scott.

Another lawyer, Huw Moses, has been appointed as chairman of the Civil Service Appeals Commission, also for a three-year term. New members Kimbert Solomon and Jennifer Skinner have also been appointed to that commission for three years, alongside existing members Stacey Vandevelde, Vicki Hulse, and Shomari Scott.

Sophia Harris and Kadi Pentney have been re-appointed to the Anti- Corruption Commission for another three years, following the expiration of their initial appointments last month, while Richard Coles remains as chair along with existing members Tim Ridley and Kenrick Hall.

Ormond Williams is also staying put until the end of this year as Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

The governor thanked all of the chairpersons and members, new and those who have previously served, for their commitment, time and dedication to enhancing transparency and democracy, and noted the importance of these roles to the public sector.

“The work of these commissions is of the utmost importance to the good governance of our Islands and is fully supported by my office,” Roper said.

The governor will be appointing more new members for the Civil Service Appeals Commission, Constitutional Commission, Human Rights Commission, and the Judicial and Legal Services Commission shortly.

Earlier this year he began accepting ongoing expressions of interest from members of the public for consideration of appointment on these and other commissions, supported by the Commissions Secretariat.

“I continue to encourage long-standing members of the community to express their interest via the Commissions Secretariat for consideration of
appointment in order to support the very important work of these commissions,” he added.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I do wonder how or why certain individuals are appointed to public office. Unbelievable!

  2. BeaumontZodecloun says:

    We will judge them — if at all — by their works rather than the slander spoken about them.

    Good luck all, and congratulations.

  3. Chet Oswald Ebanks says:

    Good Day,

    So here is my say on this. Can you now please go back and revisit my 3 complaints that I asked to be looked at when the previous head of the Human Rights Commission was there. I filed 3 complaints against, NAU, The Ministry of Community Affairs and Cayman Airways. Because some serious injustices are being done to those of us Caymanians who are unemployed, and have a life threatening medical condition. You have the 3 complaints, so am expecting that you will investigate them. NAU and The Community Affairs Ministry have denied me services. And Cayman Airways refused to hire me. I have now filed 2 complaints with the Deputy Governor’s Office against the NAU and The Community Affairs Ministry.

    This was done almost a month ago, and I have only had 1 response. Am still waiting for The Deputy Governor’s personal assistant/secretary to get in contact with me to setup a meeting. Discrimination, and violation of my human rights have not been addressed yet. So please look into these formal complaints. Why is it, that being Caymanian is a crime in your own country. I have been subject to discrimination for the last 7 years. The next step I will be taking is for The Caymanian courts to decide. For I have suffered enough.

    And to all the haters out there, am not afraid to speak up. Enough is enough. I have emails and a letter from the Director of the NAU stating my services have been denied.

    Thank you kindly,

    Chet Oswald Ebanks.

  4. Da-wa-u-get says:

    Hasn’t one of the appointees been before the court for non payment of employee pensions and other mandatory benefits?
    If correct, that would indicate a lack of concern for human rights!

    CNS: No, wrong person. Same name.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a joke!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Is there a commission to investigate the commissions?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Privileged people whi don’t give a toss about everyday working people. They will have nothing to say to me. Go away.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Huw Moses looking out for civil servants wronged by Franz and his do-no-wrong Chief Officers? Okay then

    • Anonymous says:

      7:51. Poor you and your fixation on the DG and his amazing Caymanian team. Stop tearing down your own people.

  9. full speed ahead says:

    Congratulations to Dale Crowley. Now… resume full speed on achieving equal rights for the most obviously discriminated-against group in this country, the LGBT community. Bigots, go ahead and vote against me all you want, but the current court case (and the inevitable additional appeal that will be forced by the government) WILL bring same-sex marriage to these shores. And guess what? Everyone — even the bigots — will be better off for it. Because EQUALITY BENEFITS ALL. All you “Christians”: Think about those words…

    • Anonymous says:

      The most obviously discriminated against group in this country is not the LGBT community but the much, much bigger and more vulnerable domestic servants community. It’s an absolute human rights, racist disgrace that this exploited sector of the community was deliberately carved out of the statutory pensions entitlement. Why? Because the pols ran scared: it was potentially too unpopular with the Caymanian electorate.

      I can think of no better subject for the new chair of the HRC to get his teeth into. LGBT has it soft by comparison.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just reality under capitalism
        No one who is actually serious about protecting exploited workers can seriously advocate for the continuation of a capitalistic system where profits are sought at all costs (usually human costs) drained out and hoarded regardless of the damage done to people

        • just the facts says:

          Thank you for your communist sermon. (Of course, you didn’t admit that capitalism has pulled more people out of poverty than any other system in human history. Or that socialism/communism was one of the biggest failures of the 20th century. But then, why let facts get in the way?)

        • Anonymous says:

          As opposed to a Cayman system where a small clique of people – with electoral rules designed to confine those eligible to run and electoral financing rules favouring those with sponsors – about ensuring their and their clients economic interest are protected at the expense of the general public? You know what, in Cayman we are actually not that far removed from the electoral mechanics of the Athenians or the Roman Republic – and that is not a good thing. The difference is that is a damn site easier to buy your way into power today in Cayman then it was back then. 10 seats, 300 odd elector’s the swing bite in any constituency, and the prize the supervision of 3/4s of billion dollar budget.

    • green says:

      Not true. The most obviously discriminated-against group in the Cayman Islands are the green iguanas.

    • Anonymous says:

      Think about your words when you stand before the Lord, big boy.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well if nothing else, at least we rest easily knowing that our right to party, for which the Beastie Boys fought so long and hard, is safe for the next three years.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not very smooth segue….guess you couldn’t wait for something more relevant for your reference….Canadians on the island used to be smarter.

  11. Observer says:

    There are quite a number of people around who are neither lawyers nor accountants and are thus excluded from serving on most of these Commissions; yet their experience of society would make them otherwise well-qualified.
    May I respectfully suggest to His Excellency that he relaxes the qualification requirements for some of the positions and so gain the expertise of ordinary educated members of the public.

  12. Anonymous says:

    having a reverend on a committee for human rights ? Isn;t that contradicting ?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Well done Governor and congrats to Huw and Dale both are well qualified.

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  15. Linda says:

    Very sound appointments. I am very pleased to see a lawyer heading the civil service appeals commission.

    Congrats to Dale Crowley. Our Governor is giving young Caymanians an opportunity to serve their islands.

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