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Sheila Braithwaite appointed to review statutory board posts

Former Complaints Commissioner, Sheila Braithwaite.

Former Complaints Commissioner Sheila Braithwaite has been selected to review statutory board appointments in the territory.

In a statement to the House of Assembly (HOA) recently, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said it was Governor John Rankin who appointed Braithwaite to conduct this assignment. 

According to the Premier, as at the end of June, his office had gathered the relevant information for Braithwaite to proceed.

Dr Wheatley also said ministries have been reviewing board memberships and are seeking to reconstitute these boards where memberships have expired. 

“Some advertisements have been issued and new application forms have been developed,” the Premier said.

Why?

The Commission of Inquiry (COI) report had recommended that an independent investigator be put in place to review statutory board appointments since 2019 to recommend whether any of these should be revoked.

These appointments were largely made under the former Premier Andrew Fahie, who now faces unrelated criminal charges in the United States centred on an alleged drug and money laundering conspiracy. 

In his report, COI Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom said the evidence was overwhelming that the independence of statutory boards had been severely – and, at times, cynically and with apparent disdain – eroded. 

“As in other areas of government which the COI has looked at, the executive government appears to take the view that it can treat statutory boards as it wishes,” Hickinbottom noted.

Sir Gary further stated that in his view, it is imperative that that interference ceases, and steps are taken to protect statutory boards as important, autonomous arms of government. 

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  1. Why says:

    Why are we constantly resurrecting the dead. This lady was pretty much useless as the complaint commissioner.

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  2. Bush says:

    This is pure nonsense. This woman was a waste as the commissioner complaints. Nothing get done waste waste waste. Send these people home. Let them retire man. This stupid government delusional or what.

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  3. Palaeontologist says:

    From reviewing the fossil record of this selectee, it is glaringly apparent that nothing radical or innovative will be brought forward to mitigate political interferences within Stat. boards. I cannot see any modern, critical thinking from this *** of the past.

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  4. Hmm says:

    Brilliant those who help muckup the system, especially with their bad attitudes are called to fix it.

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  5. let her says:

    Sort out the duff bottom land situation in the interim

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  6. Trevor says:

    Agreed, and useless in her previous post as well. Someone clearly recommended her to governor, as they know she will give the answers they want governor to hear.

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  7. Waste of Money says:

    The government has lost their minds. This lady is a …. Stop wasting our money on foolishness and foolish people. They said to dissolve these boards and have appropriate application and interview process for appointing to these boards and that is what should be done. It is only logical and fair. The only way to get optimum productivity and outcome. Stop this political gimmick and stop wasting our tax money on garbage.

  8. Waste of time says:

    These people wrong to do something like this. Appointing her to this post is like beating a dead horse who cannot move. Has been non-productive for years and here we go again at this crucial time in the country with another bag of dead weight. We must do better than this in the selective process.

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  9. tigress says:

    agree with the comments that this person is not the best fit for.this review process,let us do something as a people cause we have the power to make changes within this government and country. seem to me.the governor knows this and setting us up for.failure again

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  10. Here we go again says:

    One of the great public service criminals of the BVI resurrected. Clearly nothing has changed.

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  11. Tola says:

    This woman is a waste of tax people money

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  12. Observer says:

    Here we go again, shuffling cat litter in a litter box. Same ole….same ole.

  13. The real world says:

    This should be done by a professional consulting firm at a price less than the contract price she would be paid.

    Preferably a firm owned by a promising young BVIslander.

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