Eyes on Policy
Published 1st December 2010, 12:21pm
Cabinet Secretary Mr. Orrett Connor, MBE, has welcomed the appointment of Mr. Garfield Ellison to the Cabinet Office team.
"With an increasingly complex range of national issues to be managed and administered, this addition to the Cabinet Office staff is timely as well as essential, and Mr. Ellison is already proving to be a valuable resource," said Mr. Connor.
On July 19, 2010 Mr. Ellison began work as a policy analyst, with responsibility for researching and developing policy proposals, actions and strategies for Cabinet, as well as for coordinating policy between ministries, portfolios and other government agencies.
Subsequent to his 2009 graduation with an honours law degree from the University of Liverpool to his credit, he completed his legal professional practice course this year at the Cayman Islands Law School.
However Mr. Ellison had initially embarked on a quite different career path in natural sciences. Having earned a public health qualification (with distinction) in 1994, he then proceeded with his environmental science degree (attaining an Upper Class Honours) at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
Armed with a wider appreciation for the social sciences, he then broadened his horizons by completing a post-graduate qualification in public policy and management at the University of London.
His work experience reflects the diversity of his studies; after some years with the Department of Environmental Health, he was seconded to the department's parent ministry in 2007. Then, at a later date, he went on to serve as the head of Recreation Parks and Cemeteries Unit before transferring to the ministry.
Now though, his sights are firmly set on new challenges.
"I have adopted the concepts of fixity of purpose and continuity of effort which are fundamental in embracing challenges. Considering the competent Cabinet team, I am indeed happy to serve in this capacity and all my efforts will be geared ultimately to influence and contribute meaningfully to good governance and coordinate appropriate policy direction," said Mr. Ellison.