Andrew Reid has taken over as Chairman of the Business Staffing Plan Board.
Speaking at the Cabinet press briefing Friday, Minister Alden McLaughlin said Mr. Reid’s appointment was confirmed last Tuesday.
Mr. Reid is a partner at Maples and Calder, Cayman’s largest law firm.
‘He’s a very able and experienced lawyer,’ Mr. McLaughlin said.
Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said it has been a standard practice to have an attorney act as chairman of the various Immigration boards.
‘A legal background is required by the nature of the board and its operations,’ he said. ‘We’re extremely happy to have Andrew.’
The appointment of Mr. Reid by the PPM government is surprising in one sense: Mr. Reid is the son of UDP Chairman Billy Reid.
Mr. Tibbetts downplayed the significance of the kinship.
‘The fact is many of us have known Andrew for many years. We know his qualities,’ he said. ‘He and his wife are very sensible.
‘We have every confidence in his ethical standards.’
The elder Mr. Reid also served on the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board for 10 years, eventually becoming chairman of that board.
Mr. Reid said the government ‘got a good man’ when it appointed his son as chairman of the BSPB.
The need to appoint a new chairman arose when former BSPB chairwoman Sophia Harris announced her resignation last month after a conflict with fellow board member Johan Moxam.
Mr. Moxam had suggested Mrs. Harris had a conflict of interest in some of her dealings on the board, an allegation Mrs. Harris staunchly denied.
Minister McLaughlin said the Leader of Government Business and Chief Immigration Officer had ‘looked at the situation’ concerning the suggested conflict of interest, and he noted that it was only the allegation of one member.
As a result of the allegation, however, there will be some changes going into the future, Mr. McLaughlin said.
‘There’s a need for clearer guidance for boards to handle situations such as conflicts of interest,’ he said.
Mr. McLaughlin said the guidance document, which is currently being drafted, will govern the operations of all government boards.
‘In the past, individual chairmen have applied certain rules,’ he said, adding that there needed to be standardised guidelines.