Thursday, 25 April 2019

WOMEN ON TOP: Dahlia Harris’ ‘purposeful’ new role / UDC promotes Heather Pinnock to GM / Kathleen Moss takes over as JN Bank Chairman

PUBLIC SERVICE: Providing leadership for almost 1,000 professionals (spanning technical services, legal, finance and estate management), Heather Pinnock has been appointed General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). A graduate of the University College of London (a Master’s in Development and Planning), Germany’s Dresden University (postgrad certificate in green economy) and Jamaica’s University of Technology (an architectural studies degree), Pinnock had been acting GM since September of last year. According to the UDC board, their top priorities going forward include such mega-projects as the Closed Harbour Beach Park in Montego Bay, for which ground was recently broken, and Downtown Kingston redevelopment, including the construction of the Houses of Parliament buildings, set to commence in 2021. 

FINANCE: In the wake of major changes to operations at the Jamaica National Group, Kathleen Moss has been appointed Chairman of JN Bank. A management consultant and chartered business valuator with Sierra Associates, Moss’ appointment took effect on April 17. Also occupying new posts within the Group: Elizabeth Ann Jones (new co-deputy chair); Peter Morris (Chairman of JN General Insurance Company Ltd.); William Mahfood (Chairman of JN Money Services Ltd.) and Parris Lyew Ayee (Chairman of JN Foundation and JN Small Business Loans). Oliver Clarke will continue to chair the board of the JN Group. CEO Earl Jarrett is pleased with the changes. “It is clear that JN has in place a great leadership team,” he says, “that will not only navigate the challenges of business but that will also carry on the legacy of its predecessors.” 

BEAUTY: As Weston Haughton’s new partner at Crown of Beauty, franchise holders of the Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant, Dahlia Harris wants to use the platform to bring meaningful and lasting change to the lives of young Jamaican women, buoyed by the ‘beauty with a purpose’ mantra. “Beauty with a purpose continues to be very important to us, and one of the things we want to do this year is launch the Miss Jamaica World Mentorship Programme,” she told the Observer. “If you list all the [past] winners and what they have achieved and how they have contributed, they truly represent Beauty with a Purpose. So we want to identify young women in their communities who are already actively involved in projects [and can] make a difference to national life.”

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