Jennifer Edwards, holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration who has also studied at the graduate level in public sector management has been appointed Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, effective yesterday, February 27.
Driven by a passion for hard work and dedication, Ms. Edwards brings to the position her professionalism and expertise in Public Administration and General Management. Her ability to get the job done will no doubt complement the new thrust of the Authority to be transparent and accountable to all stakeholders.
A former member of the local government fraternity that embraced service delivery, accountability and transparency as the main principles of good governance, Ms. Edwards is well poised take on the task of steering the organization to be responsive to the needs of the public.
No stranger to the public service, Miss Edwards spent the better part of her professional life in public administration as councillor for the Sydenham division in St Catherine as well as Chairman of the St. Catherine Parish Council and Mayor of Spanish Town from 1992-1997.
The former Minister of State in Agriculture in 2002, has identified as her key priority the streamlining and re-positioning of the organization in line with its mandate to deliver quality service and remain the key player in the management of the island’s solid waste .
Some key areas that she will be addressing immediately will include strengthening and expanding the revenue base of the authority to assist in meeting its operating costs. One such revenue base is that of composting and landscaping.