New staff at GIS

Government Information Services has appointed two further staff members, bringing its information officer section up to full strength with a total of seven staff.

Prudence Barnes brings with her more than 10 years experience in the communications field. From Kingston, Jamaica, she has most recently worked as a communications consultant with Jamaica’s trade and investment agency (formerly JAMPRO). Her responsibilities there included developing and executing media campaigns as well as planning public relations events.

According to the GIS release, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Sociology as well as a Master’s in Communication from the University of the West Indies. She has also worked as a features editor for Jampress, the former official news agency of the Jamaican government, and as a public relations manager for a tourism product company.

Cornelia Olivier, a former GIS officer, returns after a one-year maternity break in her native South Africa.

Cornelia first came to Cayman in 1999 and worked as a diving instructor in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman before ‘getting a real job’ at GIS in 2004. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from the University of Potchefstroom, South Africa, and worked as a journalist and freelance writer before joining GIS.

In speaking of these latest appointments, Chief Information Officer Pat Ebanks, said: ‘GIS is constantly fine-tuning its capabilities and we welcome the particular strengths each brings to the organisation.’