Communication Ministry makes new appointments

Mrs. Stephanie Azan and Ms Tamara Ebanks have been appointed as deputy chief financial officer and assistant chief officer, management support at the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure, Caymanians.

Appointed to her post on 15 December, Mrs Azan – a certified public accountant – brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the ministry’s financial unit, states a press release.

With the bulk of her experience gained in private banking, she has served as senior client accountant at Coutts (Cayman) Ltd. and more recently as the manager of the client accounting department. It was during her stint there that she earned her CPA designation.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa, majoring in accounting and business management and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix with an anticipated completion date of May 2007.

Mrs. Azan, who is confident that her addition to the ministry will assist it in achieving its strategic goals, also remarks that she is looking forward to the challenges that her new position will offer. She has also worked with the local branches of KPMG and Dresdner Bank Latin America.

Ms Ebanks, a member of the civil service since 1996, was promoted to the position of assistant chief officer, management support effective 1 January.

Upon completing her Bachelor’s Degree in sociology at York University, Miss Ebanks joined the former Department of Social Services as a senior social work assistant.

She later started working towards a Master’s Degree in social work, but deferred her study for a career in banking. She spent a year with the private trust and reconciliations departments at the Bank of Bermuda (Cayman) Ltd. before returning to the civil service as the Administrative Officer for then Ministry of Planning, Communications, District Administration and Information Technology. In July 2005 she transferred to the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure, retaining her title and responsibilities.

In her new role, Ms Ebanks is eager to embrace the new challenges she’s sure to face.

‘I really enjoy networking with people, and being able to contribute to the decision-making process at the managerial level.’ She says ‘I love what I do because it exposes me to a variety of disciplines, as well as senior civil servants from whom I can learn a lot.’

With a thorough knowledge of the government’s organisation, procedures and operations, her responsibilities include human resource reform; disaster management; and freedom of information, as well as assisting with communications and the Office of the Complaints Commissioner.

The ministry’s Chief Officer Carson K. Ebanks says he is pleased with the appointments and believes that both individuals will strengthen the ministry.

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