JET gets new CEO as Diana McCaulay retires

Friday, November 24, 2017

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JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) deputy Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Stanley is set to replace Diana McCaulay next year as head of JET.

The trust's founder and CEO McCaulay yesterday announced her retirement at a special members' meeting in Kingston after nearly 27 years at its helm, a release from JET said.

Stanley will be promoted to CEO of JET in January 2018.

According to the release, McCaulay expressed pride in the work JET has done and welcomed the changing of the guard.

“It is a watershed moment for me personally, but I believe having a strong succession plan for JET is important for the organisation,” she is quoted as saying.

“I am confident that I am leaving JET in the best of hands, and hope that everyone who has supported us over these many years will continue to do so,” McCaulay continued.

Stanley began as JET's programme director in 2010 and was promoted to deputy CEO in 2015, the release said. She holds a master of science in environmental change and management from Oxford University.

The release said Stanley described herself as a lifelong environmental advocate and acknowledged that the fight for environmental protection requires patience. She reportedly reiterated a comment she made years ago, that she is young, energetic, not yet jaded by the system, and hopeful that her enthusiasm will produce positive results.

“The most important thing to me is that JET remains a force to be reckoned with,” said Stanley. “JET will continue to deliver effective projects, provide legal support for communities with environmental issues, and be the voice for Jamaica's natural resources.”

Meanwhile, Sharon Donaldson, treasurer of JET's board of directors, who chaired the meeting, was hopeful about the transition.

“We celebrate the work Diana has done and now look to the new leadership to continue the legacy that she has built. Suzanne has proven herself to be an excellent candidate for this role and we look forward to great things from her,” Donaldson said.




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