PPM re-shuffles authority boards but keeps chairs

| 28/08/2013

(CNS): The chairpersons of three critical statutory boards have all been retained. Instead of the usual political overhaul, Sherri Bodden-Cowan remains at the helm of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), Dale Crighton remains as chair of the Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) and Lemuel Hurlston stays in the chair at the Water Authority (WA). There were some changes at the ERA but, aside from the chair, there was a clean sweep at the ICTA, while all members of the Water Authority were re-appointed. There has also been a re-shuffle at the Development Control Board, which approves planning applications for the Sister Islands. Ashton Bodden takes over as chair from Ernie Hurlstone, who has not been re-appointed. 

The members of the ERA are: Sherri Bodden-Cowan (chair), Derrick Tibbetts and Dara Flowers-Burke (both re-appointed), and new members Anna Rose Washburn, Reginald Nixon, Alee Fa’moe Member, and from Cayman Brac, former district commissioner Kenny Ryan, who now works for CB&LC Power & Light Company as plant manager. Charles Farrington is the Managing Director/Secretary and another member will be the chief officer or a designate of the  Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure (PLAHI). The appointment is for three years.

Miguel Barcelo,  Gene DaCosta, Gavin Dixon and Michael Herland have not been re-appointed to the ERA Board

The members of the ICTA are: Dale Crighton (chair), John Thompson, Ian Tibbetts, Gene Banks, Daniel Ebanks, Jean Gordon, Chris Gourzong, plus the chief officer or a designate from PLAHI. David Archbold, the ICTA managing director is an ex-officio member and secretary. The appointment is for three years.

George Berry, Alexander Bodden, Lyndhurst Bodden, Joseph Jackman, Pearlina McGaw-Lumsden, Chris Narborough, John Thompson and Paul Tibbetts were not re-appointed to the ICTA Board.

The members of the Water Authority Board are: Lemuel Hurlston (chair), James Gill, Otto Watler, Christopher John Randall, Alfonso Wright, Tannya Mortimer, Hansen Bingham Ebanks, plus the chief officer or a designate from PLAHI, the financial secretary or designate and the attorney general or designate. WA Director Dr Gelia Frederick-van Genderen is secretary. The appointment is for two years.

Ashton Bodden has been re-appointed to the Development Control Board but takes over as chair. Royce Dilbert and Melgreen Reid have been re-appointed, while previous members Captain Arlin Tatum, Alva "Billy" Bodden and Garston Grant have re-joined the board and Zanda Scott is a new member. Planning Officer Andrea Stevens is the executive secretary. The appointment is for two years.

Ernie Hurlstone, Larry Bryan, Ronald "Foots" Kynes and Delano Lazzari have not been re-appointed to the DCB.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Im so tired of this tribal system and have no faith in it getting better because every 4 years we switch from one form of bad for another.  There seems to be no shame with all this familyism and cronyism.


  2. Brac resident says:

    Kenny Ryan is a very nice man, intelligent and capable, but he an appalling choice for this board, given that he has a senior position in one of our two power companies, directly answerablle to the deputy premier, who is managing director. It is a great shame that the PPM have not made an effort to avoid the serious conflicts of interest on boards that caused problems in the UDP administration. Shame on them!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Boy Ashton is going to be busy in his retirement…Stran, you better watch out, Moses may soon give Daddy your job too…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of conflict of interest! Why in God's name would Alden keep AL T as chairman of the Central Planning Authority?!  Shameful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    You got that right with same old tired hand of marked cards.When you are devoid of basic ideas all you can do is shuffle damn straight! and that about sums it up for all of our politicians and leadership for that matter.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Same old group, Cayman will never change, can't complain to be honest as we voted PPM in. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope this teaches you all a lesson. Stop being a damn fool and say you are waiting for the 4 years of this Government to end , so you can vote in the same BS.

      Caymanians, we have to get up now and form unions, we have to make the changes in our country, not the politicians. they are our adversary and competitors, they will alway be.

      They have been discouraging the people about unions, that it is a bad thing. They do not want to lose the control they have over the people. Look at the world today and tell me which countries do not have unions…the ones with dictatorship leaders…. enough said.

      • Doodlebops says:

        Can you say CISCA???? Govt is one big institutionalized union.

        And just look how well that works. Might be great for the members but a disaster for the taxpayers who fund their lavish health and pension benefits.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why don't you put yourselves forward as potential board members rather than criticizing those who are giving up their valuable time to serve our country in this capacity?

    “One does not have the right to criticize until he can do the same work without being criticized”
    Amit Abraham

    • Anonymous says:

      Cause we didn't rub shoulders with the PIP (party in power) of the last 10 years, so we know it would be a wasted effort. The ministries usually call all the people who have previously served on boards, asking them if they are willing to serve again. It is easier for Government, less training needed for the board members and …………oh, if you happen to be wealthy business man with good connections in the community that may also be a benefit!

    • Anonymous says:

      Who says we haven't?

    • Anonymous says:

      I knew this would hit a nerve in this forum.

    • Anonymous says:

      Valuable time?  I hardly think so.  Secondly board members are appointed depending on political views, family and political connections, its a simple truth

  8. Anonymous says:

    "Kenny Ryan, who now works for CB&LC Power & Light Company as plant manager".  Being on Electricity Regulatory Authority  is a huge conflict on intrest.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is not a conflict of interest unless the conflict was not declared.

      Mr Ryan's employment must have been known or declared prior to this appointment.

      There are only a few qualified Caymanians who have reached such professional levels in any of the utilities. It is not fair to deny such Caymanians the opportunity to contribute to the betterment of their country when the choices are so limited.

      This is a small country and we have to use our own talent, and not rely on outsiders who may not have our best interests in mind.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Here we go again……..same old mistakes being made by the PPM. They simply cannot learn !!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don't get it! Why are we keeping the same people on those boards who seem to flip flop and cater to whoever is in power? I am sure there are  more able people out there willing to serve on boards.

    Come on PPM! You can't keep doing the same stuff with the same people and expect a different outcome!

    • Anonymous says:

      Stop the bitching. There was a great slate of independant  candidates to chose from and we screwed it up once again by towing the party lines.  Capt Charles always said "the voters get what they  deserve".   

  11. Anonymous says:

    The regular party in power gang, lets not omit ALT & Philip Rankin. These folks were all supports of Mac, Ju Ju & co until they saw the writing on the wall. The PPM obviously learnt nothing from their defeat in 2009.