I don’t like to use the phrase “end of an era” when someone retires (after all, I have been retired for a few years now, myself!) but I have known Diana McCaulay for a long time, since her days as a Humphrey Fellow in Seattle, Washington. And I have known Suzanne Stanley for even longer (I won’t say how long, because that will embarrass her!) I am sorry I did not attend last night’s meeting, but I wish them both all the best. They will both be turning over a new leaf in their lives. Congratulations to two amazing Jamaican women! Tallawah!
November 23, 2017
JET CEO DIANA McCAULAY ANNOUNCES HER RETIREMENT & INTRODUCES NEW LEADERSHIP
After nearly 27 years at the helm of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), its founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Diana McCaulay, yesterday announced her retirement at a Special Members Meeting in Kingston. The meeting also included the announcement that Suzanne Stanley, JET’s current Deputy CEO will be promoted to CEO of JET in January 2018.
McCaulay expressed pride in the work JET has done and welcomed the changing of the guard. “It is a watershed moment for me personally, but I believe having a strong succession plan for JET is important for the organisation,” said McCaulay. She continued, “I am confident that I am leaving JET in the best of hands, and hope that everyone who has supported us over these many years will continue to do so.”
Stanley began as JET’s Programme Director in 2010 and was promoted to Deputy CEO in 2015. She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University, and brings eight years of energy, experience, learning and commitment to her new role.
Stanley described herself as a lifelong environmental advocate. She acknowledged that the fight for environmental protection requires patience and re-iterated a comment she made years ago that she is young, energetic, not yet jaded by the system and hopeful that her enthusiasm will produce positive results.
“The most important thing to me is that JET remains a force to be reckoned with,” said Stanley, “JET will continue to deliver effective projects, provide legal support for communities with environmental issues and be the voice for Jamaica’s natural resources.”
Sharon Donaldson, Treasurer of JET’s Board of Directors, who chaired the meeting was hopeful about the transition. “We celebrate the work Diana has done and now look to the new leadership to continue the legacy that she has built. Suzanne has proven herself to be an excellent candidate for this role and we look forward to great things from her.”
Contact: Diana McCaulay /Suzanne Stanley
Jamaica Environment Trust
123 Constant Spring Road, Unit 5,
Kingston 8, Jamaica