Nellie Pouchie-Solomon has been named chief financial officer of the Ministry of Health, after serving for three years as the ministry’s deputy financial officer.
She succeeds Carrol Cooper, who is now chief financial officer for the Ministry of Planning, Lands and Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure. He had served as CFO of the Ministry of Health since 2008.
Mrs. Pouchie-Solomon has more than 10 years’ experience in the accounting industry, and according to Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, she was chosen for her outstanding performance.
“This is a textbook example of how the Civil Service is providing opportunities for Caymanians,” Mr. Manderson said in a press release. “Mrs. Pouchie-Solomon was recruited from the private sector and as a result of her outstanding performance, she has earned a promotion in just three years. I wish her continued success.”
Mrs. Pouchie-Solomon said in an email that she is excited to start her new role.
“I very much enjoy what I do and I am looking forward to adding value to this role within my ministry,” she said. “I think that it is a great time to be a civil servant because although the challenges are great, so too are the opportunities to make a positive difference.”
Chief Officer of the Ministry of Health, Jennifer Ahearn, said in a press release that Mrs. Pouchie-Solomon “has demonstrated that she will be an asset to our ministry, already bringing valuable expertise and organizational skills to the table.”
Some of her responsibilities will include: preparation of the ministry’s budget, forecasting finances, financial reporting, cash management, and oversight of financial aspects of the ministry and other related departments. Mrs. Pouchie-Solomon encourages young Caymanians pursuing a career in the finance industry to “embrace the many opportunities provided within Cayman itself to work in some of the top firms in the world. To not just settle for a job, but rather to make a serious commitment to obtain the necessary qualifications and experiences to equip them to compete in their chosen career within this global environment.”
Mrs. Pouchie-Solomon has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2003. She has varied experience in the financial services industry, including audit, banking, captive insurance management, fund accounting, and trusts.