WOMAN IN CHARGE: In spite of the mild controversy surrounding her appointment, Kingston-based justice of the peace Donna Parchment Brown has succeeded Marigold Harding as Custos of St. Andrew. Parchment Brown assumed office on Monday of this week, following last weekend's lay magistrates's meeting. "I think the appointment was a great choice, and we certainly pledge our support," noted Peter Champagnie, president of the St. Andrew Lay Magistrates Association. "And, as was indicated, [a] former custos, Carmen Stewart, was also a Kingston justice of the peace. And, as I understand, the position does allow that to happen."
POWER PLAYER: Effective January 22, Joseph Mayer Matalon has been made Vice Chairman of the board of The Gleaner Company. Matalon, who has been a director of the venerable media company since 1987, is widely credited as "a consistently positive factor" for the dominant position in the market The Gleaner has held over the years. A member of the Order of Distinction since 2010, Matalon also serves as a director of the MultiCare Foundation and the US-based International Youth Foundation (IYF). Since 2007, he has chaired the board of the Development Bank of Jamaica and served as PSOJ president from 2009-2012.
TOP JOB: Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is in the market for a new press secretary. In such a role, the successful candidate, under the supervision of the GG's official secretary, holds the responsibility of crafting and executing the communications, policies and strategies for the Governor General, while ensuring adequate and appropriate coverage of Sir Allen in the performance of his duties consistent with the requirement of the Constitution and with the responsibilities of his office. The incumbent will also have oversight responsibilities for the public relations unit and manage the performance of the PR Manager and the PR Officer. Additional details can be obtained from the Office of the Governor General's website www.kingshouse.gov.jm. Applications are to be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 6.
> Save the date! On March 5, the University College of the Caribbean will host Leadercast Rebroadcast, a supersized empowerment meal deal, featuring presentations by world-renowned speakers and leadership experts John Maxwell, Jack Welsh, Simon Sinek, Malcolm Gladwell and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Venues: the Jamaica Conference Centre and Montego Bay's Multiplex Cinema. Call 566-4013 for details.