Lloyd Wilks’ tenure as Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto starts in January

Newly appointed Jamaican Consul General to Toronto, Canada, Mr. Lloyd Wilks, assumes office in January 2015.

Newly appointed Jamaican Consul General to Toronto, Canada, Mr. Lloyd Wilks, assumes office in January 2015.

Kingston, JA: Mr. Lloyd Wilks, Jamaica’s new Consul General to Toronto, Canada, officially begins his tenure in January 2015. Mr. Wilks, a career diplomat with over 25 years of experience in the Jamaican Foreign Service, will be replacing Mr. George Ramocan, whose tour of duty ended on November 30, 2014. The announcement was made by Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, Q.C., Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, on December 24, 2014.

Mr. Wilks is currently the Director of the Diaspora and Consular Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and has been actively involved in Jamaica’s citizen diplomacy for several years. He has played a central role in the organization and execution of the last two Biennial Diaspora Conferences and has helped to coordinate the launch and operation of the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project.

Mr. Lloyd WIlks, Jamaica's Consul General to Toronto, Canada.

Mr. Lloyd WIlks, Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Canada.

During his career he has also worked in the areas of protocol, foreign trade and international economic affairs, and has served overseas in various capacities at the Jamaican Consulate General, Toronto; Jamaican High Commission, London and the Jamaican Embassy, Havana.

Mr. Wilks holds an MSc in International Business from the South Bank University in London; an MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from the University of Westminster, London; and a BSc in Geography and the Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. A former Major League footballer for the Bull Bay Football Club, Mr. Wilks enjoys farming, horseback riding, swimming and chess.–OnPointPress.net.

Jamaica appoints diplomats to Canada, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago

Janice Miller

Mrs. Janice Miller, Jamaica’s High Commission-designate to Canada.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade recently announced the appointments of three high commissioner-designates. Mrs. Janice Miller, currently serving as Under Secretary for multilateral affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been appointed High Commissioner–designate to Canada. She succeeds High Commissioner Sheila Sealy Monteith, who served as high commissioner for Jamaica to Canada since 2010 and who will be returning to a senior position in the Ministry.

Mrs. Miller is a career diplomat with over 17 years of experience in the Jamaican foreign service. She is one of the deputy permanent representatives for the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and serves on the board of directors of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and the Jamaica National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Mrs. Miller holds a first class honors bachelor of arts degree in history, french and politics from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, and a masters of philosophy degree in international relations from the UWI, St. Augustine. She is married to Donald Miller and they have two daughters, Rachel and Rianna. She is expected to assume duties in Ottawa by mid-October 2014.

Cheryl Spencer

Ms. Cheryl Spencer, Jamaica’s High Commission-designate to South Africa.

South Africa High Commissioner-designate Ms. Cheryl Spencer is currently the senior director for the foreign trade department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with responsibility for trade policy, trade related issues and technical leadership and coordination of Jamaica’s positions in trade negotiations. She replaces High Commissioner Norma Taylor Roberts whose tour of duty came to an end earlier this year and who has proceeded on retirement.

Ms. Spencer’s education and training background is in international relations and trade, and includes an honors bachelor of science degree in international relations from the University of the West Indies (Mona) and certificates in trade policy and trade negotiating techniques and skills from the World Trade Organization (WTO).  A career diplomat, Ms. Spencer has 24 years experience in international relations and diplomacy at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. Proficient in both french and spanish, she has previously served as first secretary at the embassy of Jamaica in Brussels, Belgium, among other positions. Ms. Spencer currently serves as deputy chairman of the board of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).

David Prendergast

Mr. David Prendergast, Jamaica’s High Commission-designate to Trinidad & Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago High Commission -designate Mr. David Prendergast currently serves as head of trade agreements implementation coordination unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of Jamaica’s obligations under the revised treaty of Chaguaramas in relation to the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). He will succeed Her Excellency Sharon Saunders who has served as High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago since 2009 and who is being reassigned to a senior position in Kingston.

A career diplomat, Mr. Prendergast holds an honors bachelor of science in international relations from the University of the West Indies and a master’s  degree in international relations and strategic studies from the Lancaster University in the United Kingdom where he was a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Scholar. Mr. Prendergast was an Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School from 2012-2013 where he received a Masters in Public Administration and a Certificate in Public Policy and Management.  Mr. Prendergast is married to Angella and they have one son, Joseph.
The High Commissioner-designate will assume duties in Port of Spain at end of 2014-OnPointPress.net.