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Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 08.09.2013 (Article Archived on 06.10.2013)

Former Corporate Procurement Director for St Helena Government, Dr Corinda Essex has recently retired from her post.



 Former Corporate
Procurement Director for St Helena Government, Dr Corinda Essex has recently
retired from her post.


Dr Essex’s career has spanned over
42 years, beginning with a teaching role in 1971 in where she progressed to
co-coordinating Environmental Studies in the Middle School Sector after serving
as a Senior Teacher at the Secondary Selective School until its closure.


In the early 1990s, Dr Essex
represented the Half Tree Hollow Constituency as an Elected Member of
Legislative Council and remained with the Education Department as Pastoral Head
(Lower School) and Assistant Education Officer.


During her term in the UK from
1995 as St Helena’s Government Representative, Dr Essex’ work was formally
commended in the House of Commons by Sir Nicholas Bonsor, Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs.


On her return to St Helena, Dr
Essex was promoted to the post of Education Officer (Training, Special
Educational Needs and Resources) which she held until her appointment as Chief
Development Officer in 1999.


As Chief Development
Officer/Director of Corporate Procurement, Dr Essex chaired the European Union
Monitoring Committee relating to St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, as
well as chairing/serving on a number of Working Groups relating to her
portfolio. As Territorial Authorising Officer in relation to the European Union
she formed part of the delegation representing St Helena and her sister Islands
at EU/OCT Forums and headed the delegation in 2006.

From 1998, Dr Essex took on
several significant acting roles within SHG which included Acting Chief
Education Officer, Acting Head of Public Works and Services Department, Acting
Financial Secretary and Acting Chief Secretary.


She has served on numerous boards
and committees, including the Boards of St Helena Line, St Helena Development
Agency and, St Helena Fisheries Corporation, the most recent being the
Financial Services Regulatory Authority of which she remains a member and St
Helena Government Air Access Core Group.


Alongside her commitment towards
SHG, Dr Essex has been heavily involved in the island’s community, serving as a
Ranger Guide Leader for 8 years, becoming a member of the National Amateur
Sports Association of St Helena and Jamestown Rifle Club Committee for several
years, as well as being a member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Committee.


On her time working within
Government, Dr Essex commented:


“I thoroughly enjoyed all
my varied roles within St Helena Government. Although there were moments of
disappointment, hurt and frustration which are inevitable in a long career,
these were far out-weighed by the highlights such as seeing most of my students
achieve excellent results; raising the international profile of St Helena and
opening new employment opportunities when we had lost British citizenship and
unemployment was escalating; turning PWSD around following a management crisis;
working with the European Union to obtain funding for St Helena, Ascension and
Tristan da Cunha and writing associated programming documents which met EU
requirements, thus enabling St Helena to be ahead of other Overseas Territories
in the approval processes and last, but by no means least, leading Government
business in Legislative Council Sessions when acting as Chief Secretary.


“I have been privileged to
lead hard-working, dedicated teams committed to developing their professional
skills and meeting SHG’s key objectives. Many obtained internationally
recognised qualifications that are testimony of their ability and competence. I
will always remember and value their support, input and expertise.


I will also recall with
deep appreciation the positive working relationship that was maintained with
Legislative Councillors and with those involved in various project working

Gilly Francis, Deputy Chief
Secretary commented:


“Dr Essex has made positive
contributions to the Public Service in the many roles that she has held during
her 42 years in office. On behalf of SHG I extend thanks and appreciation to Dr
Essex for her hard work, commitment and dedication throughout her time and wish
her well for the future.”


3 September 2013


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