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Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley
Minister

Dr. the Honourable Andrew Wheatley was born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine  and attended the University of the West Indies, Prairie View A & M in Texas (U.S.A.), and Imperial College at the University of London (England).

Dr. Wheatley is an accomplished academic and a British Commonwealth Scholar. He is the holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of the West Indies in Biochemistry and Chemistry (with Honours), and a Doctorate, from the University of the West Indies and Imperial College, University of London in Basic Medicine.

Relevant Experience

In his political life, Dr. Wheatley served as: Councillor of the Naggo Head Division of the St. Catherine Southern Constituency; Deputy Mayor of Spanish Town and Vice-Chairman of the St. Catherine Parish Council (June 2003 to 2005). From 2005 to 2012, he was the Mayor of Spanish Town and Chairman of the St. Catherine Parish Council. He was Vice-President of the Association of the Local Government Authorities of Jamaica (ALGAJ) from 2007 to 2012, and also the Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT, Digital Society Development and the Environment.

Dr. Wheatley is a Deputy General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party and is in his second term as Member of Parliament for South Central St. Catherine. With the establishment of a new administration, on March 7, 2016, Dr. Wheatley was appointed Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Energy and Technology. 

Career & Qualifications

Dr. Wheatley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry (Hons). He has a Doctorate in Basic Medicine from the University of the West Indies and Imperial College, University of London.

A Senior Lecturer in Basic Medicine and a Research Scientist at the University of the West Indies, his work includes studies in the areas of Diabetes Management, Reversal of the Effects of Cocaine Addiction, Genetic Engineering Against Disease and Stress conditions, Pharmaceutical properties of indigenous materials and tissue culturing. Dr. Wheatley has numerous publications in International Peer-Reviewed Journals and has two local and two international patents to his name. 

Vision

His vision is for the Ministry to become the driving force that propels Jamaica’s transition into a world-class society through innovation in its portfolio areas of Science, Energy and Technology, thereby creating avenues for employment and national development that ultimately Fuels Growth.

Heads of The Ministry
  • PCJ Building, 36 Trafalgar Road
    Kingston 10, Jamaica
  • (876)929-8990-9
  • (876)960-1623
Ministry Senior Officials
  • MICHELLE ANDREA FORBES is the Ministry’s Chief Technical Director for the Energy and Mining portfolios.   She also supervises the legal department of the Ministry, which provides advice to the Ministry generally as well as some of the Ministry’s agencies and departments.  Michelle is also a director of the Board of Clarendon Alumina Productions Limited.

    Relevant experience

    January – July 2012               Senior Legal Officer at the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining;

    2006 – 2011                            Assistant Attorney General and Director (Ag.) in the Commercial Affairs Division and Crown Counsel in the General Legal Advice Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers; and

    2000 – 2006                            Judicial Clerk in the Jamaican Court of Appeal.

    Career & qualifications

    2004 - 2005                 Master of Laws (LL.M.) (Merit) (Corporate and Commercial Law) from the University College of London, University of London, United Kingdom;

    1998 - 2000                 Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica;

    1996 - 1998                 LL.B. Degree (Honours) in Law from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. Barbados (Direct Entrant); and

    1993 - 1996                 B.Sc. Degree (Honours) in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

    Vision

    Michelle’s vision for the energy and mining sectors is to assist in the creation of an enabling legislative and policy framework that ensures transparency, clarity and facilitates investment in the country for the ultimate benefit of all the Peoples of Jamaica.  

  • COLEEN T. WEISE is MSTEM’s Senior Legal Officer (Acting) and has occupied this post since January 2, 2015.  She is responsible for co-ordinating the Ministry’s legislative programme and serves as chief legal counsel for all the respective departments and agencies in support of their strategic objectives.

    Relevant experience

    Immediately prior to joining the team at MSTEM, Coleen was a Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers where she served for over five years in that department’s Commercial as well as Constitutional Affairs Divisions. She has represented the Government of Jamaica on several working groups, committees, enterprise teams and has participated in a number of international financial negotiations on behalf of the Government.

    Coleen has also worked in private practice in one of Jamaica’s leading law firms where her primary areas of practice included employment law, contract law, commercial negotiations, company law and conveyancing.

    Career & qualifications

    Coleen, a Scotiabank Scholar, obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Upper 2nd Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, Mona.  She also possesses a Certificate in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School and was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2007. 

  • YVONNE BARRETT-EDWARDS is the Director of Energy Economics and Planning in the Energy Division of the Ministry; a position she has held since November 2006.  Yvonne oversees activities relating to monitoring energy supply and demand, emphasizing statistics with a view to conducting impact analyses; providing technical, economic, social and energy related data and enhancing the planning and decision making function at the ministerial, national, sub-regional and regional levels.  She also facilitates policy development through constant dialogue with key stakeholders.

    Relevant experience

    Prior to joining MSTEM, Yvonne held several positions at Cable & Wireless Jamaica (C&WJ) Limited where she worked for over 12 years.  During her tenure at C&WJ she performed the full spectrum of technical and administrative functions including system diagnosis, job order and service order processing and fleet management system improvements and maintenance.

    Career & qualifications

    A graduate of the University of the West Indies (Mona), Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Management Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Economics with emphasis in Game Theory and International Trade. In April 2011, she completed the Public Sector Senior Management Development Programme and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma by the Management Institute for National Development.

    Vision

    Yvonne has a keen interest in research, particularly areas relating to economic development. Her vision is to be a change leader in the transformation process for increased energy awareness and sustainable energy practices.

  • Taniquea K. S. Callam is the Director of Communications and Public Relations in the Ministry. She has primary responsibility for media and public relations and corporate communications.

    Relevant experience

    Prior to assuming her role of Director of Communications and Public Relations, Taniquea served as Communication Officer within the Ministry. With eleven (11) years experience in Communications and Public Relations, she has served the Government of Jamaica for eight (8) years. 

    Career & qualifications

    Taniquea holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Linguistics from the University of the West Indies along with various Professional Certificates.

    Vision

    Taniquea envisions MSTEM as an organization that emphasizes the value of a consistent communication with all its stakeholders. 

  • KATHY CHAMBERS ADMAN is the Senior Director, Human Resource Management and Administration in the Ministry.  She has responsibility for directing the personnel, training, industrial relations, human resource management and development programmes of the Ministry as well as directing and providing advice on matters relating to Administration, Transportation & Office Services ensuring their responsiveness to the changing needs and requirements of the Ministry.

    Relevant experience

    Kathy has over 17 years work experience in the Public Service, specializing in Human Resource Management.  Prior to assuming her role in this Ministry she has served in the Human Resource Management and Administration and the Human Resource Development and Management Divisions of the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister/Office of the Cabinet respectively.

    Career & qualifications

    Kathy is a Graduate of the University of the West Indies, where attained a Master of Arts in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Management Studies. She also has post graduate training in Human Resource Management and is a Trained Teacher and Trainer. 

    Vision

    Her vision is for Human Resource Management/Development in the Public Sector to be people centred and Information Technology based, where clients have basic information at their fingertips and data is readily available to aid in Strategic Decision making.                              

  • ROSEMARIE LAMMIE-SHIRLEY is the Chief Internal Auditor in the Ministry.  Her current role includes the management of the Internal Audit Unit and leading the charge in the delivery of high quality audit services within the Ministry as well as its external divisions and portfolio agencies.  Rosemarie also serves as a member of the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) Audit Committee and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Jamaica Chapter.

    Relevant experience

    Rosemarie has served the Government of Jamaica for 32 years and has over 26 years experience as an Internal Auditor. 

    Career & qualifications

    Rosemarie is a graduate of the Northern Caribbean University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) in Business Administration (Accounts Major).

    Vision

    Rosemarie’s vision is to be an innovative driver of positive change and professionalism in government stewardship and performance.

  • KAYDIAN ALECIA SMITH is the Principal Director for Information Communications Technology in the Ministry. Under the Direction of the Chief Technical Director her responsibilities include:

    • Guiding the reform of the current Telecommunications Act with a view to developing a robust omnibus ICT Legislation. This involves among others, reform of the legal and regulatory framework governing licensing of telecommunication carriers and the fee structure for the telecommunications industry; spectrum management and monitoring; convergence of ICT services on diverse media; and digital switchover;
    Relevant experience

    Prior to joining MSTEM, Kaydian was the Legal Officer/Company Secretary at the National Solid Waste Management Authority where she was responsible for:

    • Providing legal advice to the Board of Directors;
    • Developing legislative agenda for the Authority;
    • Reviewing and preparing drafting instructions for the Chief Parliamentary Counsel; and
    • Preparing opinions and memoranda on the enforcement of provisions under the Act.

    She has over eight (8) years experience practicing as an Attorney-at-Law and has vast working knowledge of civil procedures.

    Career & qualifications
    • Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Policy and Technology Management from the Mona School of Business and Management (Pending)
    • Bachelor of Law Degree in Undergraduate Studies from the University of the West Indies.
    • Master of Law Degree in Intellectual Property from George Washington  University School of Law
    Vision

    To provide dynamic leadership in a team based environment that encourages original ideas and delivers results.

  • Richard Fonseca is the Principal Finance Officer of the Ministry.  Richard has the responsibility of leading a team of individuals tasked with achieving the Ministry’s financial management objectives.

    Relevant experience

    Richard has been providing services to the Government of Jamaica for the past 21 years. Before joining the Ministry, he was employed to the Ministry of Finance and Planning as Director of Budget and Cash Management, Head of Systems and Procedure Analyst and Revenue Agent Supervisor. Overall, Richard has 23 years of finance and accounting experience.

    Career & qualifications

    Completed Uniform Certified Public Accountancy (CPA)

    GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY

     

    Master of Science – Accounting

    UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES

     

    Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA, Honors) – Accounting

    UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, JAMAICA

     

    Revenue Agent’s Certificate

    MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Vision

    Richard’s vision for Jamaica is to see it achieve its economic potential and restore its position as the pearl of the Caribbean.  

  • Fitzroy A. Vidal is the Principal Director for the Ministry’s Energy Division.  He provides policy advice for the development of strategies to achieve the National Energy Policy targets for sustainable development with a focus on energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy deployment and energy security.  

    Relevant experience

    Prior to joining the Ministry, Fitzroy worked in the private sector where he provided professional services in the areas of Operations Audits and Reviews, Operations Management, Business Development and Production Optimization. He has over 30 years work experience in the energy industry, where he held several engineering, management and strategic leadership positions including his tenure at the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited.  Other areas of expertise include Entrepreneurship, High Impact Business Negotiations, Project Management, Energy Management and Team Building Dynamics to Optimize Business Performance.

    Career & qualifications

    Fitzroy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology, Jamaica, and a Post Graduate Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Barry University, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. 

    Vision

    Fitzroy’s vision and passion is to transform Jamaica’s energy landscape and to provide leadership at the highest levels for national development and self actualization.

     

  • SOLOMON BURCHELL is the Director of Electricity and Chief Electricity Inspector of the Electricity Division (more commonly known as the Government Electrical Inspectorate (GEI).  The GEI is responsible for enforcing electrical related technical and safety standards within the electrical pursuant to the Electric Lighting Act and also conducts safety inspections in respect of the petroleum sector.

    Relevant experience

    Solomon has over twenty-one (21) years experience at the GEI.  He specializes in the inspection and testing of electrical installations, of the high, medium and low voltage band, as well as the approval of related electrical designs and the project management of electrical installation related projects.  Solomon plays an integral part in the establishment of electrical standards and codes for the local industry.  Solomon also plays an active role in the management of the inspection process associated with petrol filling stations, petroleum depots, and petroleum tanker-wagon garages.

    Career & qualifications

    Solomon holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor Science Degree in Management Studies, a Teacher’s Diploma in Russian Language, an Electrician’s Licence and he is also a Member of the Jamaica Institute of Management (MJIM), a Justice of Peace (JP) and a registered Professional Engineer.

    Vision

    Solomon intends to impact the quality of electrical installations island-wide by contributing to the development and training of practicing electricians so as to ensure that their knowledge and competence of this discipline is consistent with the demand of technological advances.

     

  • ANDREW GEORGE COWAN is the Legal Officer in the Legal Services Division of the Ministry. He is responsible for:

    Relevant experience

    Throughout the years of 2012 and 2014, Andrew practiced law at a local firm where he had conduct of matters in the Supreme Court of Judicature of Jamaica and the Resident Magistrate Courts. He handled cases involving commercial law, company law, contract law, trust law, property law, probate law, family law, administrative law, criminal law and tort law. Prior to his employment at the firm, Andrew completed various internships which include positions at the State Attorney’s Office in Florida and the Attorney General’s Chambers in Jamaica.

    Career & qualifications

    Andrew was trained and educated in Jamaica and the United States of America. In May 2007 he graduated summa cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance. In May 2010, Andrew earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Florida International University College of Law and in May 2012 he received a Certificate of Legal Education from Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica. Andrew has also studied international and comparative law in the People’s Republic of China. In October 2010, Andrew was called to the Florida Bar and in July 2012 he was called to the Jamaica Bar.

    Vision

    Andrew is committed to assisting Jamaica in the utilization of effective local and foreign technologies to achieve accelerated sustainable development.  Andrew believes that through sound investment and forward-looking policy, there can be enhanced quality of life for the peoples of Jamaica. 

  • CECIL M. T. MCCAIN is the Director, Post and Telecommunications in the Ministry.  In that post he provides technical and policy advice to the Government of Jamaica on telecommunications, the postal sector and Information and Communication Technology related matters.  

    Relevant experience

    Cecil has over 20 years of experience in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of Energy, Telecommunications, Technology and ICT related projects and policies.  Between 2009 and 2013, Cecil was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General´s to the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum. Mr McCain is currently a member of the Board of the Universal Service Fund and the Postal Corporation of Jamaica.  He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Mona ICT Centre (formerly the Telecommunications Policy and Management Programme) of the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies.

    Prior to his current appointment, Cecil was assigned to the Office of the Permanent Secretary where he provided oversight and administrative support in the functioning of that Office as well as provided special coordinating responsibility for Science, Technology and ICT matters.  His prior experience also includes short term assignments related to Motor vehicle Import policy and trade policy monitoring. Cecil provided support in the planning and execution of the inaugural and second PetroCaribe Summits.  He was also a member of the Caribbean Postal Union Management Advisory Committee.

    Prior to his joining the Civil Service, Cecil spent nine (9) years at the Caribbean Energy Information System as Research Officer and Data Analyst.  In addition to his substantive duties during that time, he was also Chief Editor of two of the three flagship publications of the organisation.  Cecil also contributed significantly in the conceptualization, development and initial implementation of the United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility funded Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Project (CREDP) 1998 - 2000.

    Cecil’s most recent accomplishments include the review and implementation of Jamaica’s National ICT Policy in 2011, review and amendment of the Telecommunications Act in 2012 and the review and implementation of the 2011 Telecommunications Universal Service Regulations.   

    Career & qualifications

    Cecil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, both from the University of the West Indies (Mona).

    Vision

    Cecil’s vision for Jamaica is for it to become the place to live, work, raise families and do business.  

  • Douet R. Stennett is the Director, Regulatory Affairs in the Energy Division. He provides policy oversight, monitoring and advice for the development of strategies to achieve the National Energy Policy targets for sustainable development with a focus on the governance and regulatory framework for petroleum and electricity sectors.  

    Relevant experience

    Prior to joining the Ministry in 2008, Douet was employed to the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited and has over 25 years experience in the energy industry. He has held several management, analytical, strategic planning, tariff and regulatory positions during his professional career.

    Career & qualifications

    Douet has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management Studies (Major) and Economics (Major) from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and a Post Graduate Masters Degree in Counselling from Central Christian University, Lexington, North Carolina, U.S.A. 

    Vision

    Douet’s vision is to build a harmonious and a productive relationship among key stakeholders, which will greatly advance the sustainable development of Jamaica’s energy sector.

  • GARY CAMPBELL is the Director of Technology. He has responsibility for the Ministry’s Information Systems Architecture and Infrastructure and as well as providing input to national Information Communication Technology (ICT) policies and strategies.

    Relevant experience

    Prior to joining the Ministry, he was employed to the Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) as Head of Department, ICT Services.

    Career & qualifications

    Gary Campbell has over 20 years’ experience in Information Systems development and ICT Project Management.  He holds a B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies and also a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the same institution. He is also a doctoral student pursuing research in Open Innovation.

    Vision

    Gary’s vision is to see Jamaica become a major player in the global ICT space while using ICT to foster economic and social growth.