UK rep to be FOI chief

| 05/11/2008

(CNS): The position of Freedom of Information Commissioner has gone to Jennifer P. Dilbert, the Governor announced Wednesday morning, 5 November, following a recommendation from a five-person selection panel, and after consultation with Cabinet. Currently the Cayman Islands Representative in the United Kingdom, Dilbert will take up the post at the beginning of next year.

H.E the Governor Stuart Jack said Dilbert was appointed in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Information Commissioner) Regulations, 2008, part of the FOI Law which comes into force on 1January 2009. Speaking about being given the job, Dilbert said she was honoured.
 “I have had the honour of representing the Cayman Islands in the UK for the past eight years, and working as a civil servant for over 25 years. I am privileged to continue to serve my country as Information Commissioner,” she added.

Dilbert has served the Cayman Islands Government for over 25 years, 15 of which were spent in supervision of the financial services industry. As Inspector of Financial Services she headed the Financial Services Supervision Department, the precursor to the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), for which she also acted as Managing Director in 2002. She also managed the Cayman Islands Currency Board and the 1979 population census.

Prior to her taking up the representative position in London, she served as Executive Director of Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Ltd. from 1996 to 1999.

The post is for a term of five years and the duties are to educate the public on their rights under the FOI Law, to ensure access to information as stated under the law and, most importantly, to hear appeals on denied requests. In reviewing such appeals, the Commissioner’s Office will be empowered to determine whether public authorities have applied the FOI Law appropriately when refusing to grant access to certain information. The office will also examine whether failure to grant timely access or failure to carry out any obligations as stated under the law have occurred.

Other powers include ordering public entities to publish certain information, to change their record keeping practices, and/or to provide staff with the necessary training to fulfil their duty under the law.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Freedom of Information…. they should have hired the "Leak" in the Immigration department, who released the Paedophiles picture last week.

    He already has good experience of freedom of information

    Congrats Miss Jennifer

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey Folks…Do not be tempted to jump on the bandwagon becasue of ONE unresearched and dumb comment.   Ms. Dilbert is a fine Caymanian with a great depth of experience and she WILL be welcomed home and is certainly right for the job! 

    Please do not post any further comments on ex-pat .vs. locals, that is just lowering ourselves to ignorant bloggers.  I’ll stay with the smart group.  From an ex-pat (here 14 yrs) married to Caymanian (7) with CI Status.  I live in both worlds, so believe we CAN all live and love together.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Mrs Jennifer Dilbert, MBE, JP a bonafide Caymanian, to the fifth generation, family to , the Jacksons, the Woods , and the Carters of Bodden Town and the Yates, Powells and Dilberts of West Bay.  We proud of ya girl…welcome home!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, unqualified Caymanians getting a job just because they want to come home! This is what makes us look bad!! How is she qualified for this job?

    • noname says:

      It has often been said "if you have nothing good to say, then say NOTHING at all".  I’ve had the priveledge of working with Ms. Dilbert over a number of years, and it can be said without any doubt that this fine, outstanding, born Caymanian lady has represented her country overseas (UK) and will continue to do a remarkable job here at home.

      Congratulations Ms. Dilbert.  We are confident that once again you will make the people of Cayman PROUD!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    umm, Ms. Dilbert is a Caymanian… check your facts before posting something that assumes all Caymanians do is bash ex-pats

  6. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Jennifer and welcome HOME.


  7. Alan Partridge says:

    He it comes, the usual ex-pat bashing……

    • Anonymous says:

      What is this comment supposed to mean!!! she’s a Caymanian – where in this article is there any ex pat bashing or intent to bash expats????