Author: MNI Media | Date: 13 July 2019
Recently, it was announced that Linda. A. S. Dias has joined The Ministry of Finance & Economic Management on Montserrat in the post of Deputy Head of the Programme Management Office (PMO).
MNI Media caught up with Dias, where we asked her what she hopes to bring to this new appointment?
Dias told MNI; “I’m motivated and enthusiastic about this opportunity. I’m hoping to apply a broad range of my management skills to this role. I believe that what I’ve learned during my previous roles managing construction projects can be easily adapted and applied to a broader range of projects within GoM. I’m also hoping to improve my skill set with new experiences. I look forward to the challenge and I am ready to really kick start this new trajectory of my career.”
Dias is beyond qualified for this position, as she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Technology in Jamaica, and a Master of Arts in Architecture, with a specialized focus on Cultural Identity and Globalisation from the University of Westminster in the UK. Prior to her appointment, Dias held the position of Government Architect in the Ministry of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour for 5 years, where she was the principal technical advisor to the government on matters related to the built environment.
Speaking about Linda’s Appointment, The Hon. Financial Secretary (Ag.), Mr. Philip Chambers stated: “On behalf of the entire staff within the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management I extend heartiest welcome to Miss Linda Dias. Miss Dias joins the team at critical stage in Montserrat social and economic development thrust. Government has just received financial approval for its largest ever negotiated capital programme, the Capital Infrastructure Programme for Resilience and Economic Growth (CIPREG). This thirty-million pound (£30 million) programme will be implemented over the next four years and is directly linked to Montserrat’s Economic Growth Strategy. Miss Dias will be a key player in the execution of the CIPREG and other major projects programme planned over the medium to long term."
The Programme Management Office (PMO) has been established on Montserrat to improve the delivery and effectiveness of project, programme and portfolio management for the Government of Montserrat.
Linda is a former Chevening Scholar and was the recent recipient of the Leadership & Interpersonal Skills Award from the Montserrat Civil Service Association in November 2018. She has also previously served on numerous boards, including the Montserrat National Trust, and the Young Worker’s Committee of the Montserrat Civil Service Association. As a proud member and the 2020 President Elect of the Rotary Club of Montserrat, Linda uses her time and skills to assist in enhancing the Montserrat community.
Mr. Martin Parlett, Head of the Programme Management Office stated, “I am delighted to welcome Linda to the PMO team, bringing important experience, new perspectives and enthusiasm to the table. As we move into a new era of transformational capital investment, building a sustainable PMO capability for the Government of Montserrat has never been more important. Linda joins us at this exciting juncture, and will be working on key initiatives to build that capability and, with it, the increased confidence of our stakeholders and funding partners.”