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    20th June 2018

    Director in the Office of the Deputy Governor (ODG), Mrs Cheverlyn Williams-Kirnon has been appointed to act as the Chief Human Resource Officer, within the Human Resource Management Unit (HRMU) effective Wednesday June 20th, 2018.

    Mrs Williams-Kirnon, will replace Dr. Jocelyn Clarke Fletcher whose employment relationship with the Government of Montserrat came to an end effective Wednesday June 20th, 2018.

    Mrs Williams-Kirnon has been employed with the Government of Montserrat for 26 years and brings to the post a wealth of experience having worked in various capacities namely Ministry of Education, Human Resource Management Unit (HRMU), Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour and the Office of the Deputy Governor.

    She has worked in HRMU from 2007 as Learning and Development Facilitator and was promoted to the position of Director of Learning and Development in 2009 in HRMU. She also served as Director of Strategic Management and Administration at the Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour.

    Mrs Williams-Kirnon is currently the Programme Manager for the Empowering Excellence Programme (EEP) through the Human Resource Transformation within the Government of Montserrat Public Service.

    The Honourable Deputy Governor, Lyndell Simpson would like to thank Dr Fletcher for her services to the Government of Montserrat for just over a year and wish her well in her future endeavours.

    Mrs Simpson also thanks Mrs Williams-Kirnon for taking up the mantle to lead the Human Resource Management Unit (HMRU) at this critical time.

    Mrs Williams-Kirnon says it is an honour and a privilege to be able to serve the Government and people of Montserrat in this capacity.



    8th June 2018

    The 92nd birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated with a grand parade on Monday, June 11; which is also a public holiday on Montserrat.


    2016 Queen’s Birthday Parade


    The parade will be held at Salem Park starting at 8:00a.m and will also mark the 120th Anniversary of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force. A number of uniformed bodies will be on parade, to include the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS), Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF), The Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) Cadet Corp, the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Service and the Montserrat Prison Service. Other groups listed to participate include the Boys and Girls Brigades, Boys Scouts and Girl Guides, Brownies, Red Cross First Aiders and Path Finders.


    During the parade, seven officers will be awarded medals in honour of their service. One officer from the Royal Montserrat Defence Force will receive a second clasp for over 24 years of service. One officer from the Royal Montserrat Police and Fire Service will receive a second clasp for 30 years of service, four officers will receive a first clasp for 25 years of service and 1 officer will be awarded a Colonial Long Service Medal for 18 years of service.


    As customary, the parade will include the inspection of all units by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Andrew John Pearce, followed by the march past and royal salutes.


    This year’s parade will also feature musical accompaniment by the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda band. Twenty-seven band members from the neighbouring island are expected to arrive on Montserrat this weekend.


    The public is invited to attend the parade which will start promptly at 8:00a.m. All uniformed bodies are expected to be at the Salem Park no later than 7:40a.m.


    5th June 2018

    Montserrat’s Innovation Board is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Business Innovation and Creativity (BIC) Awards.


    The BIC Awards is a European Union (EU) funded project which is aimed at promoting sustainable development through innovative and creative means in the OCTs, thereby improving their competitiveness, while at the same time increasing the visibility in Brussels, for innovation in the OCTs. The awards, given across all sectors, are part of OCTA Innovation’s “Innovation Support Network programme”. They also showcase examples of innovation – frequently within Small and Medium Enterprises – for others to implement.


    Individuals on Montserrat are therefore encouraged to nominate businesses or entities that are implementing their services in innovative and creative ways, particularly in Education, Energy, Creative Industries, Tourism, Agriculture and ICT.

    Montserrat’s Innovation Team Manager, Miss Angela Estwick explained that the nominations will serve to highlight and celebrate businesses that are excelling through the use of innovative and creative elements in their service delivery. Additionally, she noted that the winner will receive local and international recognition which will create greater visibility for their business and also serve to inspire others to start a business.


    Individuals interested in submitting nominations should collect the nomination forms from the Office of the Premier. The form is also available for download from in the publications section, which can also be accessed via direct link at


    Completed nomination forms must be submitted no later than 4:00p.m. on Monday, June 25. Nominations will be forwarded to the OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gessneck in the European Union; the OCTA Steering Committee, of which the Government of Montserrat’s UK Representative Mrs. Janice Panton is a member, will select final awardees to be recognised at the award ceremony later this year.


    If you wish to nominate an enterprise and require assistance in completing the form, please contact Mr. Welsh Ponde on 495-0944or Miss Angela Estwick on 491-3378 who will guide you through the process.


    Last year’s awardee from Montserrat was Vinceroy Cassell, owner of Emerald Isle Ceramics, in the Creativity category.



    5th June 2018

    The Empowering Excellence Programme (EEP) through Human Resource Transformation within the Government of Montserrat Public Service is making great strides in achieving its goal of empowering and building the capacity of officers to provide excellent service.


    The programme has to date undertaken two surveys to solicit feedback from customers and clients on the services provided by the public service with a view towards improving its service delivery and performance.


    The Customer Satisfaction Survey facilitated by the Private Sector Advisory Committee (PSAC) involved over 250 Private and Public Sector Officers. This survey revealed some key areas for improvement namely customer services best practices, punctuality, knowledge of Ministry/Department, communication and confidentiality.


    An Employee Engagement Survey, was also conducted during late last year and into January 2018, facilitated by the Public Sector Task Force (PSTF) through an online platform. Over 350 public officers participated in this survey.


    The Empowering Excellence Programme is also continuing work on improving performance management across the public service. This involves the completion of a Government of Montserrat Workforce Strategy and Action Plan with the Consultancy Firm, A-Z Information Jamaica Limited to further strengthen the Human Resources Principles and Practices.


    The Empowering Excellence Programme is also hoping to implement several key Human Resource Management initiatives by September 2018. These include a Comprehensive Job Evaluation and Comprehensive Pay Review, a Modern Government of Montserrat Health and Safety Policy and a Strategic and Risk Management Framework.


    The EPP is also forging ahead with pipeline plans to implement an Absenteeism Management System through the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) by September 2018.


    The Empowering Excellence Programme continues to ensure appropriate and adequate Good Governance Human Resource Principles and Practices within the Government of Montserrat Public Service.


    Meantime, the third grouping of the Public Sector Tasks Force members was installed in March 2018 for the remaining 6 month period. The group consists of a wide cross section of the Montserrat Public Service from Senior Management to Public Junior Officers.


    The members will continue to advance work on the initiatives being undertaken by the Empowering Excellence Programme to ensure successful implementation.



    4th June 2018

    The Physical Planning Unit (PPU) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MATLHE) is seeking public input on a proposal for the modification of the ‘Physical Development Plan for North Montserrat 2012-2022’.


    The proposed development, which is titled The Montserrat Ledonda Bay Project’, consists of high end condominium villa/ resort hotel including facilities for recreation and cultural events, which will be designed to be a blend of elegant, romantic, free, open and dynamic themes. The proposal is therefore seeking to rezone parts of Woodlands from recreation to tourism development.


    In light of this request, PPU’s Chief Physical Planner, Clement Meade said that public consultation is required to ensure residents in the area and surrounding areas are adequately notified of the proposed development, and are able to provide their comments and concerns which will be factored into the decision making process.

    The PPU has therefore scheduled a public consultation period of sixty days which took effect from June 1 and will continue until August 1, 2018. Individuals with questions and comments on the proposed development are encouraged to contact the PPU. Within that time span, the PPU has also scheduled a Town Hall Meeting for Wednesday, July 18 starting at 6:30p.m. at the Salem Primary School.


    The Town Hall meeting is specifically targeted at residents of Palm Loop, Woodlands, Olveston and surrounding areas; however, any individual interested in learning more about the proposed development and sharing their views on it, is invited to attend.

    A detailed copy of the proposed development plan can be viewed at the PPU Office in Brades. Interested persons can also view a map of the ‘Existing Land Use For Woodlands’ and the ‘Proposed Land Use For Woodlands Rezoning To Tourism Development’ on in the publications section under the Ministry of Agriculture. Alternatively, the maps can be viewed at the following direct links:


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