(CMR) The Ministry of Education, District Administration & Lands has appointed Lancelott Barnes as its new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Manager.
Barnes comes with over 19 years of experience in ICT network management and more than ten years of senior management experience. He also brings more than 23 years of Cayman Islands Government experience, with 15 years specifically in an ICT education setting.
Previously employed with the Ministry/Department of Education between 1997-2017 in various ICT positions such as ICT Support Project Manager, Senior Systems Administrator, Systems Administrator & Computer Technician, Barnes, more recently, held the position of Learning and Development Manager with the Portfolio of the Civil Service (PoCS). He also held the post of Project Manager for E-Government for a short stint and was part of the E-Government team responsible for implementing online services.
Chief Officer Cetonya Cacho welcomed Barnes to the Ministry. She stated:
“We are thrilled that you have opted to re-join our dynamic team as ICT Manager. Welcome back, Mr Barnes and congratulations on your new role.”
As ICT Manager, Barnes will be responsible for the strategic oversight and management of information and communications technology throughout the Ministry of Education, including systems integration, ICT operational use policies, procurement of ICT resources, and education ICT network management.
He will also lead and manage the activities of the ICT team, ensuring that IT hardware and software resources are effective and access is provided for all users through a reliable, secure, and efficient enterprise network for pedagogical implementation of an ICT learning environment.
Barnes possesses a Master’s of Science Degree in Management, Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in Computer Science, and various ICT certifications. Additionally, he is a certified Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) level 3, 5, and 7 instructor and is a certified CIPD (Chartered Institute of Professional Development) Learning and Development Practitioner. Barnes has also attained Fellowship status with the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Deputy Chief Officer (Agriculture, Lands & Administration) Wilbur Welcome also welcomed Barnes, adding, “I am confident that you will, once again, play a pivotal role in the Ministry, and I look forward to seeing all that you and the team will accomplish.”
In acknowledging his new role and responsibilities, Barnes responded with the following:
“In 1997, I started my career with the Ministry of Education as a Computer Technician. Since then, my career has traversed several sections of ICT and Leadership related roles. I am honored to once again be reunited with the Ministry to fulfill part of its mandate. ICT has occupied and transformed the lives of our students to the extent that we live in an environment that is dominated by technology. Having a world-class ICT system will provide our students with cutting edge technology and readily available information to better equip their knowledge in preparation for an advanced technological world.”
He continued, “The presence of E-learning will allow for new ways of educating for both our students and teachers as it is becoming increasingly popular in learning institutions around the world. Therefore, it is with tremendous honor that I take on this enormous responsibility to make the lives of those we serve better.”