(CMR) Deputy Governor, the Hon Franz Manderson, has announced the transfer of Chief Officer in the Ministry of Education Cetonya Cacho to a new role within the Office of the Deputy Governor.
“I am pleased to announce that from 1st July 2022, Ms. Cetonya Cacho will be transitioning from her Chief Officer role within the Ministry of Education into a key strategic position within the Office of the Deputy Governor,” Mr. Manderson stated.
“As our Strategic Operations Officer, Ms. Cacho will be joining a busy and high-performing team. Her skills, competencies, and experience gained as a Chief Officer will enhance the capacity of my office and ultimately help our team deliver a variety of key strategic projects and services across the Civil Service,” DG Manderson added.
Earlier this year, Chief Officer Cacho expressed her desire to work beyond the scope of education and to utilize her skills, knowledge, and experience to engage in projects across the broader Civil Service. An immediate area of focus for Ms. Cacho will on be the policies and strategies needed to ensure the effective operations of the Child Safeguarding Board.
“This Board has national-level responsibilities for developing strategies, plans, policies, and procedures that improve the safeguarding of our children in the Cayman Islands,” said Mr. Manderson.
“Ms. Cacho's educational background and experience will prove essential in this area, particularly as the Board implements a new organizational structure and launches wide-ranging programs and transformational projects to enhance our child safeguarding work,” he added.
Among other duties, Ms. Cacho will be charged with identifying and coordinating activities across the Civil Service that drive innovation, collaboration, and delivery of the Government's priorities at pace. She will also be leading efforts to improve the timeliness and quality of responses to key governance and management recommendations from the Auditor General and the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
“I very much look forward to Ms. Cacho joining our team,” Mr. Manderson stated.
Ms. Cacho thanked the Cayman Islands Government for the opportunity to serve her country as Chief Officer for Education during one of the country's most difficult times.
She stated, “My entire Civil Service career has been dedicated to education. It is a field for which I have great passion and interest. Over the past two years, especially, I have invested an incredible amount of personal time in the Ministry. This was in an effort to help ensure that our children were safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, learning loss was minimized, and our students could make significant progress when they returned to in-class learning. I am proud of the education response during the height of the pandemic and as we continue to manage COVID in our community.”
“Chief Officer Cacho has played an integral part in the operations of the Education Ministry for many years,” remarked Minister for Education Hon. Juliana O'Connor-Connolly.
“I have had the pleasure of working closely with her since being appointed Minister of Education in 2017 and always held high regard for her ability to lead. I thank Ms. Cacho for her sterling contribution to education and wish her the best in her future endeavors,” she said.
Ms. Cacho's transfer takes effect on Friday, 1 July, and Deputy Chief Officer Ms. Lyneth Monteith will act as Chief Officer for the Ministry of Education.