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Published:Wednesday | October 22, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Access appoints 7th director

Access Financial Services board has selected Maureen Vernon to fill the seat created at the microfinancing firm's annual general meeting in September.

Vernon's appointment is effective October 10.

She is now the seventh addition to a previously all-male board: Marcus James, the founder of Access Financial and CEO; Marcus' father, Neville James, who was nominated to the seat in September; Brian Goldson, chairman; Gary Peart, company secretary; Christopher Berry, chairman of Mayberry Investments Limited; and beverage manufacturer Peter McConnell of Trade Winds Citrus, who first joined the board in April 2014. With the exception of Marcus, all are non-executive directors.

Peart said previously that the seventh directorship was meant to allay Marcus' concerns about the independence of the board.

The CEO/founder is engaged in an ongoing legal fight with the board regarding his stewardship of the company.

Dehring, Lyew-Ayee take on

new roles on cement board

Christopher Dehring was appointed chairman of Caribbean Cement Company Limited last week, replacing Brian Young, who resigned in mid-August. His appointment took effect October 14, just over a month after he initially joined the Kingston-based company's board of directors.

Dehring is also a director of the Caribbean Cement's parent, Trinidad Cement Limited, having been elected to the position in August.

Dehring is a telecom-munications executive with Cable & Wireless Communications Plc, and chairman of the British company's Jamaican firm, LIME.

Both Dehring and director Parris Lyew-Ayee have been appointed to Caribbean Cement's audit committee. A vacancy was created on the committee in August when Dr Judith Robinson resigned her seat on the board. Lyew-Ayee is currently the head of state-run Jamaica Bauxite Institute.

Ja appoints new ambassador for Trinidad

David Prendergast heads to Port-of-Spain at the end of the year to start his tour as high commissioner to Trinidad & Tobago.

The position has been held by Sharon Saunders since 2009.

Prendergast currently heads the Trade Agreements Implementation Coordination Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. He has served in the foreign services since 1990.

He was schooled in international relations at both the University of the West Indies and Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.