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The Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP) is pleased to welcome Dr. Lois Parkes as the Regional Project Manager effective January 4th, 2016. Dr. Parkes is based at the CLP’s Regional Project Office at the Cave Hill School of Business at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. The CLP is a seven-year project funded by the Government of Canada to support the leadership and economic development training needs of regional and national public sectors in twelve (12) CARICOM countries. The countries participating in the project are Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.
Prior to the CLP, Dr. Parkes served for over twenty (20) years in varying capacities in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Office of the Cabinet, and the Office of the Services Commissions for the Public Service of Jamaica. As Chief Technical Director, she had responsibility for the development of the Strategic Human Resource (HR) capacity of the public sector. As Chief Personnel Officer in the Office of the Services Commissions, she had overall responsibility for ensuring the provision of quality policy advice to the Police, Public, Judicial, Municipal and Parish Councils Services Commissions in relation to appointments, training, discipline, and retirement of employees in the Public Service, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the local authorities and the Judiciary.
Dr. Parkes has been integrally involved in a number of public sector transformation initiatives since 1999, including the establishment of the output-focused Performance Management and Appraisal System for the Public Sector, the decentralisation of several HR functions, and the transformation of numerous Executive Agencies. She has also served on a number of inter-ministerial committees, including the Values and Ethics and the Public Sector Transformation Sub-Committees of the Permanent Secretaries Board, the Public Sector Transformation Committee, the Whole of Government HR Strategy Committee, the Advisory Board of the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), the CXC National Committee, and the CLP’s Action Research Round Table on “Governance at the Core”.
Dr. Parkes is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she earned the M.Sc. in Human Resource Development with Distinction. In 2007, she was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship tenable in New Zealand, where she completed her doctoral studies in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at the Victoria University of Wellington. She is also a published researcher, and included in her publications are the “State of Industrial Relations in the Jamaican Public Sector”, commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank, and “Gender: The Not-So-Hidden Issue in Language Arts Materials Used in Jamaica” in Caribbean Journal of Education, Vol. 17, No. 2, September 1995, along with numerous conference papers on public sector reform, HR, and vocational education and training.
She has lectured in the field of HR and Public Sector Management for the past 15 years, at the post graduate levels at the MIND and the University College of the Caribbean.
The CLP had the added pleasure of Dr. Parkes’ participation in the historic first cohort of the CLP’s Leadership Development Programme launched in January 2013 and her on-going support as Jamaica’s National Coordinator for the CLP until December 2015.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Parkes to the Caribbean Leadership Project!
CLP’s Project Director
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