Roads authority appoints managing director

The National Roads Authority has appointed Paul Parchment as managing director after the position remained vacant for almost two years.

Mr. Parchment has taken on the position on a three-year contract, effective from Aug. 8, according to a statement released by the board.

When the contract of former managing director Brian Tomlinson was not renewed in 2012, deputy managing director Edward Howard began acting in the role, and Mr. Parchment was named acting deputy managing director. Mr. Tomlinson had held the position since 2007.

Mr. Parchment took over the acting role from Mr. Howard on Jan. 1, 2013, and Mr. Howard retained his position as deputy managing director.

The board was appointed during the last quarter of 2013 and decided this year to launch the recruitment process, with the position advertised in April, according to the board’s statement.

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There were just two candidates short-listed for the position – Mr. Parchment and Mr. Howard – and the final decision was based on written assignments and a five-person panel interview.

Board chairman Donovan Ebanks said he is pleased the matter has been resolved.

“It was fundamental to the effectiveness of the board and the agency that there be a full-time head of the authority,” Mr. Ebanks said.

He added, “We are also pleased that a suitable candidate could be found within the agency. There is much that needs to be done, and the board looks forward to working with Mr. Parchment over the next few years to enhance the road infrastructure.”

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