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Published:Friday | December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Dr Mark Richards
Jeffrey Hall
Colette Roberts-Risden

Hall tapped for Scotia chair

Bruce Bowen has resigned as chairman of Scotia Investments Jamaica Limited (SIJL) but remains on the board of directors.

Current director Jeffrey Hall succeeds Bowen as chairman, effective November 27.

Bowen, up to the summer of 2013, was president and CEO of Scotia Group Jamaica, the parent company to SIJL. He was promoted by Scotiabank Canada to oversee the bank's Caribbean business, a job that is seated in Toronto, and was succeeded by Jacqueline Sharp as head of the Jamaican bank.

Hall is the CEO of food and logistics services conglomerate Jamaica Producers Group. He holds a series of positions, including his last recent appointment as chairman of port company Kingston Wharves Limited, in which Jamaica Producers holds a plurality of shares.

In other movements within the Scotia family, Dylan Coke has been appointed vice-president origination & capital markets at SIJL, effective November 3, 2014, while Ronald 'Ron' Bourdeau has been appointed chief risk officer of Scotia Group Jamaica, also effective November 3. Bourdeau at one time served in the Jamaica operation as head of credit risk prior to his return to Canada.

More changes on cement board

Another director has resigned from the board of Caribbean Cement Company Limited. Lincoln Parmasar gave up his seat on November 3, 2014. Two weeks later, Alejandro Ramirez and Parasram Heerah were appointed to the board of the Kingston-based cement maker on November 18.

The changes take effect amid a restructuring programme being crafted by parent company Trinidad Cement Limited across all markets, and a new debt servicing plan to be presented to TCL's creditors.

New labour CEO

Colette Roberts-Risden has been selected by the Public Services Commission for the job of permanent secretary to be assigned to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with effect from January 1, 2015. The selection has been ratified by the governor general.

Roberts-Risden will replace Permanent Secretary Alvin McIntosh, who is retiring. She is currently the chief technical director in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), a job she has had since April 2013.

Roberts-Risden has served in the public service since April 1997, starting out as a research fellow at the Management Institute for National Development. She joined the labour ministry in January 2000 where she was said to be instrumental in the design and implementation of Programme of Advancement through Health and Education.

She was promoted to director in charge of social security in May 2007, and shifted to the job at OPM six years later.

Roberts-Risden was educated at the University of West Indies and holds a master's degree in development studies.

Enviro-expert in charge at NIC

Dr Mark Richards has been appointed CEO of the National Irrigation Commission Limited, an agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the sole provider of irrigation services to farmers and other commercial and industrial users across Jamaica.

His appointment was announced on November 14.

Richards is an environmental specialist, who previously served as highway construction monitoring consultant with the National Environment Protection Agency and as an environmental engineer at the National Works Agency.

He holds a doctorate in atmospheric environmental chemistry from the University of the West Indies and has also studied at Seoul National University and University of California. Additionally, he completed undergraduate studies in pure and applied chemistry at the University of the West Indies.

He also worked as an assistant lecturer in applied chemistry and unit processes in industrial chemistry, and engages in farming.