Criminal justice in the Cayman Islands was the focus of the most recent Leadership Cayman seminar, aimed at identifying major issues that confront the criminal justice system and reviewing ways to resolve them.
The seminar was organised by Brad Watts, Mike Keesee and Steve McIntosh and sponsored by The Security Centre Ltd.
Speakers at the seminar were Ben Tonner, criminal defence attorney; Eric Bush, acting chief officer of the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs; and Margaret Ramsey-Hale, chief magistrate of the Cayman Islands.
Prior to the seminar, the Leadership Cayman participants toured Northward Prison.
Mr. Bush said the questions asked and the comments made during seminar “were both insightful and informative …. This programme will no doubt leave all participants with a better understanding of the Cayman Islands, but will also provide them with the opportunity to grow as individuals and leaders.”
Mr. Tonner praised the leadership programme and its aims.
“Understanding what makes this country tick is absolutely essential if we want to secure a prosperous future for the Islands and its residents. By creating a forum for sharing ideas about the issues currently affecting our community, Leadership Cayman fosters such an understanding. This is surely one of Leadership Cayman’s greatest strengths,” he said.
The group’s next seminar will focus on educational and workforce development.
The Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Cayman programme was developed to help ensure that people from all types of backgrounds could access information and experience to help them develop as leaders within the community. The six-month programme is designed to allow participants a deeper understanding of social, economic, business and political issues affecting all island residents, while developing their own personal leadership styles and nourish their community spirit, organisers say.
Each graduating class will be invited to join Leadership Cayman’s Alumni Association and use it to network in the Cayman Islands and also with similar overseas programmes.