Ms. Linda Evans will become the Cayman Islands’ first female Chief Immigration Officer when she takes up this position on 7 September this year.
‘I am extremely pleased to have such a capable person appointed to this key position,’ said Deputy Chief Secretary Franz Manderson.
‘Ms Evans is a highly qualified young Caymanian with a valuable blend of private and public sector experience. She brings an excellent track record of managing large numbers of staff and delivering results.’
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Evans said, ‘I am extremely honoured by the appointment, and I look forward to working hand-in-hand with senior management and staff in taking the department forward, despite the economic challenges facing the country.
‘I recognise that we will be expected to do more with less, but I see this as an opportunity for the department to discover new and innovative ways of conducting business and improving efficiency.’
Ms Evans said she owed a debt of gratitude to all the people who mentored and supported her during her career, adding,’The fact that I report to Mr. Manderson, who held the post of Chief Immigration Officer for the past five years, is comforting to me. I know I can rely on his full support.’
Ms Evans started her civil service career as a junior officer in the Immigration Department. Over the next decade she held various positions in the civil service. She then joined the private sector, and held senior management positions at Caledonian Bank and Trust Ltd., and Appleby Hunter and Bailhache (now Appleby).
After five years, she returned to the public sector as Assistant Deputy Chief Secretary (Deputy Chief Officer) – a position she held for the last two years.
Ms Evans has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree in organisational management from the University of Tennessee.
The new Chief Immigration Officer was chosen from seven applicants, none of them serving members of the Immigration Department. The post was advertised locally over a period of five weeks, and applicants came from the public sector, private sector and overseas.
Mr. Manderson chaired the recruitment panel, which comprised Deloitte partner Mr. Taron Jackman, the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs’ Deputy Chief Officer Eric Bush, and Strategic Adviser to the Chief Secretary Peter Gough.
Mr. Jackman commented, ‘I am confident that Ms Evans will do an excellent job. From a private sector perspective it is good that the new Chief Immigration Officer has private sector as well as government experience; she will better understand our issues.’