No surprise there, PM
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It should come as no surprise that the prime minister has ignored calls for a new NHT board and has, instead, appointed four new members. What this tells us is that she has no problem with the way the board conducts its business and that the new board members are of a similar view.
Is there a nominating com-mittee or a board development committee that is responsible for selecting board members? What skill sets do these new board members bring to the board? Will these match the skills that are currently needed by the board? Will they help the board to have a broader knowledge base and diverse viewpoints? For example, is it possible that even one of these new members will be concerned, or even notice that the establishment of sprawling housing estates on our best agricultural lands - lands that are scarce to begin with - could have a negative impact on our agricultural goals? Or that today's (Tuesday, Nov 25) Gleaner has four full pages of homes that are on the auction block? Does the board have a social-media expert that will help inform them?
Having taken the decision that they will be quite comfortable working with what is left of the old board, they should not lose sight of the fact that a single incident can expose the Trust to lasting reputational damage. This can impair the Trust's capacity to leverage relationships with key public and private stakeholders and to implement short-term and long-term business strategies.
I am hearing an irate caller to a radio programme bemoaning the fact that the prime minister does not seem to care what we think. Why should she? She understands the people more than most of us. I suspect that by December 2, she will be proved right that the people of this country make absolutely no connection between the condition of their lives and these events.