Elise Donovan has been appointed as Interim Director of the BVI London Office.
Donovan, who is Director of the BVI House Asia (Hong Kong Office), will be transitioning into the post as Director of the BVI London Office from August 20 to December 31, government announced on Monday.
When her four-month stint as Interim Director is concluded, Donovan will then return to the BVI where she will take up the role of Chief Executive Officer of BVI Finance. Lorna Smith will retain the post until that time,” government said.
Government has already begun its search for new and permanent directors of the BVI House Asia and the BVI London Office.
Meanwhile, Donovan’s appointment as Interim Director of the BVI London Office follows the departure of Benito Wheatley, who just concluded his tenure in the post.
“It has been a privilege to serve as the BVI’s UK and EU Representative. There has been no greater honour in my life, with the exception of becoming the father of my sons, than to represent our country,” Wheatley said in a farewell address.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith described Wheatley as ‘a fine public servant’ who will be missed. However, he said Donovan is a welcomed successor.
“Elise will be a strong addition to the team in London while we identify a permanent successor and I look forward to working closely with her on the many priorities the London Office has including support for our economic pillars of financial services and the tourism sector and ensuring that the BVI is well represented to all key stakeholders in the UK as well as the wider European arena,” Dr Smith said.
Government said responsibilities of the Director of BVI London Office include advising the Premier on matters for implementation and making recommendations to ministries, international agencies, the private sector and other agencies as appropriate.
The Director of BVI London Office is also responsible for ‘strengthening BVI’s voice with Her Majesty’s Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’; monitoring political, legislative and diplomatic developments in the UK and EU; and providing timely analysis of issues affecting or potentially impacting the BVI.
Deputy Director in London, Dr Sandra Besson, will be in charge of the BVI London Office until Donovan takes up the post next month.
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