Marilyn Conolly is the new executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands, an organisation providing mentors to young people in need of extra time and attention from a caring adult.
Ms Conolly, a prominent Caymanian who emerged the forerunner from a competitive shortlist of applicants, has worked in the public and private sector and brings a wide range of skills and experience to the table.
Her list of achievements includes a long history of involvement with community organisations and national bodies, including the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise, the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation, the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and the Cayman Islands Human Rights Committee.
Ms. Conolly also worked as a ministerial policy advisor to the Cayman Islands Government on Women and Youth Affairs from 1995 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2001.
As an accomplished manager, she is expected to utilise her already proven strategic and critical thinking abilities to help the organisation chart a vibrant course for the future.
BBBS chair, Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsey-Hale said: ‘We are delighted that Marilyn decided to join us as executive director.
‘Her combined public and private sector background gives her a 360 degree understanding of community and youth development issues that make her an excellent choice to lead BBBS as we continue to expand our commitment to the children in our programme and strive to make a positive difference in their lives.’
In response, Ms. Conolly said, ‘I am very excited by this opportunity to work closely with the BBBS organisation which has been a valuable entity in the Cayman Islands for over 25 years.
‘In the past, much has been quietly done to enhance the lives of our children by their contribution and I look forward to working with the current board to make even more of an impact in the future.’
Ms Conolly holds a BA from the University of Kent, UK and an MA from the University of Manchester, UK. She is married to Dr. Dax Basdeo and is the mother of three children.