CISHRP elect new officers

Stacey VanDevelde named president

KPMG’s Stacey VanDevelde took the helm of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday.

President Stacey VanDevelde

The new Board of Directors of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals includes, from left, Director Gregery Barnes, Director Julie Adam; Immediate Past President Samantha Bennett; President Stacey VanDevelde; Vice-president Philip Jackson; Director Patricia Bell; Director Samantha Nehra; and Secretary Cheryl Palmer. Missing from the photo is Treasurer Mario Ebanks. Photo: Alan Markoff

Mrs. VanDevelde moved into the position automatically after being elected vice-president last year.

The CISHRP members also confirmed seven new board members who were nominated by the outgoing board and uncontested in the elections.

‘We have big shoes to fill,’ said Mrs. VanDevelde, speaking of the new Board of Directors. ‘Immediate Past President Samantha Bennett and the 05/06 Board have brought to life many good initiatives during their tenure.

‘However, we will do our best to continue and hopefully surpass this trend.’

Mrs. VanDevelde outlined some of the new Board’s focus over the next year, saying it wanted to continue improving membership services; to improve the organisation’s website; to continue to offer professional development and networking opportunities; to explore opportunities to have the government establish a human resources certification or authority; and to continue to improve the visibility of the organisation in the media.

In addition, Mrs. VanDevelde said she wanted the new Board to focus on constructively seeking to respond to and identify ways to moderate challenges relating to Immigration, Labour and other relevant HR matters.

Immediate Past President Mrs. Bennett said she was proud of the accomplishments of the CISHRP in the six years since its inception. She noted that the organisation now has 137 members, 39 more than it did since the 2005 AGM.

Mrs. Bennett said human resource professionals had become a key component of business management teams in the Cayman Islands.

‘Although the human resource department is often known for conducting interviews and explaining company benefits, the profession has a much larger role in business today,’ she said.

‘Human resource professionals in Cayman have evolved from the behind-the-scenes administrative role in the twentieth century to active involvement in shaping corporate policy.

‘Senior management recognises the significant contributions of human resources to their organisation’s bottom line and overall success. Ladies and gentlemen, we are finally being recognised.’

Other officers elected on Wednesday included Philip Jackson as vice president; Cheryl Palmer as Secretary; and former CISHRP president Mario Ebanks as treasurer.

Board directors elected included Julie Adam, Samantha Nehra, Patricia Bell and Gregery Barnes.

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