New president for CISHRP

The Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals has a new president, as Philip Jackson ascended to the role at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at the Marriott Beach Resort last Thursday.

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The new board of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals includes, from left, Secretary Morven Bodden; Immediate Past President Stacey VanDevelde; Treasurer Mario Ebanks; President Philip Jackson; Vice President Samantha Nehra; Director Peter Beckford; Yvette Myles; and Director Ann Pereira Johnson. Missing from photo is Director Sandra Barnett. Photo: Alan Markoff

Mr. Jackson takes over for Stacey VanDevelde, who served as president for two years and will now serve on the CISHRP board for another two years as immediate past president.

Mr. Jackson thanked Mrs. VanDevelde for her dedication, vision and leadership.

‘You have set the bar very high,’ he said. ‘Over the past two years we have seen tremendous growth in membership, new training opportunities, and sound financial management. My challenge no doubt is to ensure that the CISHRP continues to be the symbol of excellence in Human Resource Management in the Cayman Islands and I am proud to accept the challenge.’

Formed in April 2000, the CISHRP has grown to 150 active full members, 28 of which joined in 2008.

Mr. Jackson outlined his goals for the organisation over the next two years. Among other things, he wants to see an award introduced for the best 25 companies to work for in the Cayman Islands; to see the CISHRP provide a scholarship grant for local or overseas study in the field of human resources; to introduce a mentoring programme for young people thinking of a career in HR; and to introduce a ‘Member of the Year’ award for the society.

In addition, Mr. Jackson said he wants the organisation to work with the Cayman Islands Government to establish national standards for the human resource profession and have the CISHRP act as the registering body for every HR practitioner in the country.

Mr. Jackson urged the members to lead by example.

‘As HR professionals we have a duty to ensure that our organizations are following good principles and practices when it comes to managing people,’ he said. ‘We should be setting an example of excellence in our organization through our actions, integrity, and conduct.

‘Sometimes we seem to forget the profound impact we can have on people’s lives [with] a simple smile; a word of encouragement; remembering someone’s name. You see if someone goes home happy from work they will tend to be more happy at home.’

In her outgoing message, Mrs. VanDevelde outlined the achievements of the CISHRP during the past year. She said the organisation became stronger through engaging the services of the company CML, which now assists in administrative matter, membership record and procedures.

In addition, the CISHRP gave input to the government on legislation topics; conducted membership surveys on topical issues; partnered with the University College of the Cayman Islands in developing a Masters in human resource programme; and hosted the most successful annual conference yet.

‘All in all, not a bad report card for a board made up of volunteers committed to the continued strengthening and progress of our society and our profession,’ she said..

Because the CISHRP’s by-laws call for two-year board terms and allow for the automatic succession of vice president to president, elections were only held for two board positions, those of vice president and secretary. Morven Bodden was elected secretary and Samantha Nehra narrowly defeated Emma Woodhouse for the vice president position.

Other returning board members include Directors Yvette Myles, Peter Beckford, Anna Pereira Johnson, Sandra Barnett and Treasurer Mario Ebanks.

Mr. Ebanks confirmed in his Treasurers Report to members the success of the 2008 annual conference, which he said brought in a little more than $36,000 of the CISHRP’s $57,562 total revenue in the 13-month period ending 31 August 2008.

The CISHRP’s by-laws require an audit of the organisation’s accounts when revenue exceeds $50,000.

‘For the first time, our revenue has exceeded $50,000 and so we’ll need to get an audit done,’ he told members.

After the elections and lunch, Department of Employment Relations Director Lonny Tibbetts spoke to the CISHRP about new efforts at the DER and Philip Scott spoke about a new initiative in the Investors in People programme.

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