(CMR) Oneisha Richards-Scotland has been appointed as the new Director of Communications, the Cabinet Office has announced.
The Cabinet Office said Richards-Scotland, who will take up office after Dee Cotgrove, current Director of Communications, leaves office, was chosen after a rigorous interview process.
“Effective and modern communications are an integral part of today’s public service. I am therefore pleased that Oneisha is joining our senior leadership team in such a strategic role. The knowledge and winning attitude she brings to our team will continue to build on the communications transformation we have begun within the civil service,” Cabinet Secretary, Samuel Rose said.
Richards-Scotland joined the Cabinet Office on secondment in November 2019. Since then, she has been instrumental in developing the internal communication function in support of the Cayman Islands Government 5-year Strategic Plan, Government rebranding and has led aspects of COVID-19 communications.
Dee Cotgrove said, “For the last two years, Oneisha has been an integral part of my leadership team, playing an active role in transforming our communications profession and keeping our community informed and safe. In May 2021, I will rejoin the Senior Civil Service and my family in the UK. It’s been an amazing privilege to lead the team here and to witness their commitment to make the lives of those we serve better. I am delighted to hand over to such a stellar successor.”
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said the appointment of Richards-Scotland demonstrated world-class civil service at work, with individuals developing in the service and taking up leadership positions.
“The appointment of Mrs. Richards-Scotland as Director of Communications demonstrates once again the talent we have cultivated within the service and that our succession planning is working,” Manderson said.
As Director of Communications, Richards-Scotland assumes the responsibility for the Department of Communications, which includes Government Information Services, Strategic Communications, and Internal Communications, while also serving as Head of the Communication Profession for Government.
“I am excited about the focus the Government has placed on delivering innovative, effective communication to ensure the public is engaged and informed on Government activities while continuing to build the Cayman Islands’ reputation. I look forward to further developing the communications profession through a strategic approach and cross-governmental teamwork,” Richards-Scotland said.
Richards-Scotland has over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications both in the public and private sectors, leading reputation management, building continuous innovation in communications and marketing whilst managing high-performance teams.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Marketing and E-business from the University of Maryland.
Most recently, Richards-Scotland had been the Deputy Director of International Marketing and Promotions for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.