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Profiling the 2018 Chevening Scholarship awardees

Sunday, September 02, 2018

BROWN, Vashan

A reporter, producer and news anchor at Television Jamaica, with over eight years of experience in the media industry. He's an award- winning journalist, who has been the producer of TVJ's flagship current affairs programme, All Angles, for the past four years. He has also served as a director of the Press Association of Jamaica. Brown is a graduate of Northern Caribbean University and will be pursuing a Master of Science in Media, Communication and Development at London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

CROSS, Sabrina

A Principal's Honour Roll Graduate of the Norman Manley Law School and former associate of the Commercial Litigation and ADR Department of the law firm DunnCox. She is currently the legal officer of Jamaica Post. Cross is a member of NIDS Legal and Regulatory Working Groups and JAMBAR's Commercial Law and Civil Practice committees. She also serves as a Justice of the Peace, is the founding executive director of the Paris Is Love Foundation, company secretary of the Golden Age Home, and director of UWI Sickle Cell Trust. She will pursue a Masters of Law in International Commercial Law, at University College London.

 

DENNIS, Giovanni

A multi-award-winning broadcast journalist with the RJR Gleaner Communications Group. Keen on making documentaries and doing investigative, data-driven reporting, Dennis will be doing a Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism at the City University of London.

 

ELLISON, Tanisha

Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Jamaica Constabulary Force who is involved in mentoring youths from volatile communities through training and empowerment. She is instrumental in the planning and implementation of several programmes and projects geared towards capacity building and youth empowerment. Her long-term professional goal is to bring innovative strategies to organisational branding, public relations and communications management nationally and internationally. Ellison will be pursuing a Master of Arts degree in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management at Cardiff University, Wales.

 

GARDENER BROWN, Yanique

Barrister and attorney-at-law who is called to the Bar in both Jamaica and Bermuda. She is currently employed as an assistant director of public prosecutions in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Jamaica where she shoulders a number of leadership roles and has appeared on behalf of the Crown in the Parish Courts, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal of Jamaica. She has a strong interest in cybercrime, financial crimes and international business law, which will be the focus of her Masters of Law at Queen Mary University of London.

 

HANSON, Kimberly

Holder of a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, with First Class Honours, from the University of the West Indies. Hanson's passion for service and children's rights encouraged her previous participation in UWI's Rotaract Club and the Jamaican Mathematical Olympiad, as well as her current involvement in the Rotaract Club of Kingston. It is among her top goals to eliminate the fear children have for mathematics and promote analytical literacy throughout Jamaica's education system. She will be attending the University of Manchester to pursue a Master of Science degree in Mathematical Finance.

 

HARPER, Christopher

An attorney-at-law and a child and youth rights advocate. He is the Policy and Advocacy Officer of the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network and a consultant with UNICEF Jamaica and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition. He will be pursuing a Masters of Law in Human Rights Law with a specialisation in Child Rights and Social Justice at the Queen Mary University of London.

 

HIBBERT, Kimberley

Multi-award-winning health and women's issues journalist at Jamaica Observer. Hibbert will be pursuing an MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at Swansea University in Wales. Kimberley has led health-based outreach activities and information sessions at Boulevard Church of the Nazarene and led the mentorship and development committee with the past students association at her alma mater, Meadowbrook High. In addition, she is a member of the Press Association of Jamaica and a board member of Women of Unlimited Worth, a non-profit organisation geared towards the mentorship and development of teenage and young adult women.

 

HILL, Dwayne, CAPT

A Jamaica Defence Force captain who presently serves as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General. Hill has been engaged in the field of military operations and intelligence for 10 years, with focus on planning and implementation. His experience in this area include previous appointments as the staff officer in charge of intelligence and operations staff officer at the headquarters JDF Joint Information and Operations Centre. Most recently, Captain Hill has served as an Infantry Company Commander. He will pursue a Master of Arts in Applied Security Strategy at the University of Exeter.

 

HILL, Tameka

A communication and social development professional with over 10 years of experience. She has led a range of projects for, and in collaboration with government and private sector institutions, civil society and international development organisations. She was recently recognised by his Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco as one of the 40 emerging leaders from across the Atlantic. She also started the Tameka Hill Foundation which focuses on literacy in children six months to 12 years.

 

MONTEITH, Kristeena

A radio and TV producer with over five years' experience. She specialises in managing local and international civic media projects such as Talk Up Yout', which focus on creating social good, especially through youth empowerment. Kristeena will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London.

 

MURRAY, Glenroy

Social justice and human rights advocate with specific focus on LGBT rights, women's rights and youth development. Murray is associate director of Programmes & Advocacy at J-FLAG, associate Director of Policy & Advocacy at WE-Change and has tutored Constitutional Law and Criminal Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. He sits on the National Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica and the Gender Advisory Council.

 

NATION, Nicole, MBBS

A 2016 graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Hons). She was selected as the Inaugural Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation Ambassador in 2011, and is Jamaica's only female recipient of the Queen's Young Leader Award, bestowed in 2015. She is the founder of Volunteer Nation and has authored two books, the more recent being You is for University, which seeks to inspire young people to do exceptional while at university. Nation is a youth ambassador for PATH and the Citizen Security and Justice Programme and was recently selected as the 2009-2018 Pelican Award recipient.

 

PERRIER, Sherry

Commercial financial controller at Digicel and marketing manager at Mini Laundry Mat Ltd. Perrier is a former presenter of Investment Quiz on Owen James' award-winning personal financial programme and has worked on popular youth programme Talk Up Yout. She is a UWI STAT Vice Chancellor Alumni Ambassador. Sherry will be pursuing an MSc in Finance and Management at Cranfield University.

 

PORTER, Melisa

Supervisor of the Cynthia Shako Early Childhood Education and Daycare Centre at the University of Technology, Jamaica. She has expertise in child and adolescent development and holds a BSc (Hons) in the field, along with a post-graduate diploma in education and training. Under her stewardship, the early childhood institution was one of the first 17 of some 2,700 institutions in Jamaica to receive certification of registration from the Early Childhood Commission, in 2016. Porter will be pursuing a Masters in Education, Leadership and Policy at the University of Bristol.

 

SATCHWELL, Georgia

Administrator for the Doctor of Pharmacy Programme in the department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies and a passionate youth and mental health advocate. She currently serves as the team lead on the Anti-Cancer Foundation of Jamaica's Mentorship Academy, which is committed to assisting high school dropouts to acquire CSEC subjects and skills required to obtain a job or access tertiary education. Satchwell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of the West Indies, Mona, and will be pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology at the University of South Wales.

 

SOLOMON, Salina

Land tenure and technical specialist for the Building Resilience and Capacities against Emerging Disasters (BRACED) Project being implemented by Habitat for Humanity in vulnerable and marginalised urban communities.

A commissioned land surveyor, Solomon possesses a Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying and Geographic Information Systems, as well as a Bachelor of Science in International Business. She is also a realtor associate and a Justice of the Peace. She will study for an MSc in Environmental Systems Engineering at University College London.

 

THOMSON, Natasha

Pharmacist at the National Health Fund and a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica. Thomson will be pursuing an Msc in Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing at The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She aspires to foster innovation in the development of new drugs and therapeutic biological products and contribute to high-impact medical research, for improved patient care in Jamaica and ultimately, the wider Caribbean.

WALKER, Brian

Parliamentary reporter at The Gleaner Company. He has covered multiple high-profile court cases and delved into the issue of human trafficking locally. Walker will pursue the Master of Science in Social and Public Communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests are at the intersection of justice, media and social psychology.

 

WILLIAMS, Alex

Former securities analyst at the Financial Services Commission with a strong interest in financial engineering and risk management. Williams has worked on several projects including the development of the stress testing framework for investment banks in Jamaica. He holds a BSc (First Class Honours) in Economics, and has an MSc in Economics with a specialisation in financial economics from the University of the West Indies. He will be pursuing an MSc in Finance (Asset Pricing) at King's College London.

 

WRIGHT, Latoya

Forensic scientist at the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine for the past 15 years. She holds a Master of Science in Computer-based Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She will pursue a Master of Science in Computer Forensics and Cyber Security at the University of Greenwich and aspires to become one of the top cyber-forensic expert witnesses in Jamaica.

 

WRIGHT, Omar

An operations analyst with the Inter-American Development Bank. He plays an integral role in the design, implementation and monitoring of several initiatives and projects, including the design of a National Identification System for Jamaica, the Public Sector Transformation Programme, the Security Strengthening Project and the Citizen Security and Justice Programme. He is president of his church's Youth Department. Wright, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona in international relations, will pursue a Master of Arts Degree in International Development Management at the University of Bradford.