New labor and pensions director named

A former pensions inspector, police officer and immigration officer has been named to head the Department of Labour and Pensions, succeeding former director Mario Ebanks. 

Bennard Ebanks’s appointment was announced Tuesday. Mr. Ebanks recently rejoined the Department of Labour and Pensions after a stint in the Immigration Department, where he led the enforcement compliance unit. 

Mr. Ebanks has worked as a senior pensions inspector, as well as acting director of labor and pensions and acting superintendent of pensions. 

He began his career in the civil service with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, where he served for 18 years and left the service as commander of the Joint Marine Unit. He later earned a law degree from the University of Liverpool. 

Mr. Ebanks said in a press release Tuesday that the Department of Labour and Pensions is going through a “period of change.” 

“The modernization of its laws, policies, and procedures – while also addressing the matters raised in the Office of the Complaints Commissioner reports (‘Danger: Construction at Work and Penny Pinching Pensions’) – will be essential to the department’s effectiveness,” he said. 

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