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The Cabinet Office - Bringing Government Services Together

Cabinet Secretary - Mr. Samuel Rose

Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Samuel Rose leads the response by his office to decisions concerning governmental policy in the weekly Cabinet meetings, which he attends as a non-voting member. Since many of the policy areas discussed in these meetings have application across Government, the Cabinet Office includes a number of sections and departments whose work has cross-governmental scope.

Strategic Management

Administering the authority’s operations at the organisational level; developing business plans and corporate policy; setting long-term goals and objectives; evaluating the agency’s overall performance and progress towards established targets; managing programmes to improve business processes and ensure consistent service delivery; preparing or revising laws and other regulatory instruments that affect the authority’s functions and responsibilities; obtaining legal advice from external sources.

                                                      

Key Staff

Samuel Rose, JP, Cert. Hon
  Cabinet Secretary
  Tel: (345) 244-8763
  Email: samuel.rose@gov.ky
Robert Lewis
Deputy Chief Officer (Administration)
Tel: (345) 244-3602
Email: robert.lewis@gov.ky
Jason Webster
Deputy Chief Officer (Policy Coordination)
Tel: (345) 244-3610
Email: jason.webster@gov.ky
Meloney Syms
Chief of Protocol
Tel: (345) 244-3612
Email: meloney.syms@gov.ky
Oneisha Richard
  Director of Communications
  Tel: (345) 244-3630
  Email: oneisha.richards@gov.ky
Krista Seymour-Mohammed
  Chief Financial Officer
  Tel: (345) 244-2296
  Email: krista.seymour-mohammed@gov.ky
Aubrey Bodden
  Information Rights Coordinator
  Tel: (345) 244-3607
  Email: aubrey.bodden@gov.ky
Ruth Myles
  Chief of Internal Communications
  Tel: (345) 244-2254
  Email: Ruth.Myles@gov.ky
Kim Bullings
  Clerk of the Cabinet
  Tel: (345) 244-2209
  Email: kim.bullings@gov.ky
 
                           

FOI Management Staff

Kim Bullings
  Information Manager/Data Protection Leader
  Tel: (345) 244-2209
  Email: foi.cab@gov.ky
Davina Wilson
Deputy Information Manager
Tel: (345) 244-2210
Email: foi.cab@gov.ky

The Information Manager is responsible for implementing the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act and responding to FOI requests. To learn more aboutplease see the Ombudsman’s website, www.ombudsman.ky.

Organisation and Functions

The Cabinet Office coordinates the weekly meetings of Government ministers, as well as special local, regional and international projects arising from these meetings. It includes the Cabinet Secretariat, which primarily provides administrative and technical support to the Premier, Cabinet and National Security Council meetings and projects; the Policy Coordination Unit; the Department of Communications; the Appeals Tribunal Secretariat; the Protocol Office; Information Rights Unit; the Gender Equality Tribunal; the Public Affairs Unit, which closed in June 2011 and Constitutional Review Secretariat, which closed in November 2009 following the passage of the 2009 Constitution.

Finally, the wider portfolio comprises three public authorities which maintain separate Publication Schemes: Cayman Islands Government Office in the United Kingdom (London Office), Radio Cayman and Government Information Services.

Functions of the Cabinet Office include:

     
  • Secretarial and administrative support for the Premier, the National Security Council and the Cabinet, including—    
             
    • Coordination of the collection and dissemination of information regarding the proceedings and decisions of National Security Council and Cabinet, and
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    • Preparation of National Security Council and Cabinet submissions, ministerial briefings, responses to Parliamentary Questions, speeches and presentations;
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    • Advise Government entities on policy development and implementation best practice.
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  • Administrative and secretarial support for the processing of—   
               
    • Appeals under the Immigration (Transition) Act,
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    • Appeals under the Customs and Border Control Act,
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    • Appeals under the Firearms Act,
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    • Appeals under the National Conservation Act,
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    • Tax undertaking (exemption) certificates to exempted companies, trusts, exempted limited partnerships, limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships in accordance with the various governing laws;
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  • Liaising with the ministry and portfolio units and other government agencies concerning policy development, coordination and implementation (the main remit of the Policy Coordination Unit);
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  • Public affairs advice and services and promotion of public engagement with policy;
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  • Providing advice and support to government agencies with responsibility for protocol services;
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  • Leading and coordinating Freedom of Information and Data Protection across government and developing internal capacity for compliance;
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  • Strategic oversight of internal communication activities and engagement of civil servants to deliver Government’s and departmental priorities and support organisational and cultural change;
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  • Providing for a well-informed populace through the communication of information relating to the activities of government agencies, including support for proactive and responsive communication between government agencies and the public;
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  • Human resources management;
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  • Financial management; and
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  • Strategic management, including policy development, coordination and implementation across Government Ministries and Portfolios.

More information about the nature and scope of the activities of the Cabinet Office, as well as ownership performance targets and budgetary outputs, is available in the annual budget statements. An organisational chart is also available that explains how the Cabinet Office fits within the purview of the Governor, Premier and other Cabinet ministers and members.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Cabinet Office Units

Location and hoursMatters handled
Cabinet Secretariat
          Box 105, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town
          4th Floor Government Administration Bldg
          Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
          Tel: (345) 244-2208
          Website: www.cabinetoffice.gov.ky
          Email: cabinetoffice@gov.ky
          Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
           
  • Arranging and providing secretarial support to National Security Council, Cabinet and subcommittees
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  • Advising on Cabinet meeting procedures
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  • Support services to the Premier
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  • Office of the Cabinet Secretary
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  • Tax exemption certificates
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  • Firearms appeals
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  • National Conservation Board Appeal
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  • Administration and Human Resources
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Policy Coordination Unit
        Box 105, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town
        4th Floor Government Administration Bldg
        Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
        Tel: (345) 244-2206
        Email: jason.webster@gov.ky
        Website: www.cabinetoffice.gov.ky
        Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
           
  • Monitoring and reporting on international policy
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  • Provision of policy advice to Cabinet
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  • Policy development, coordination and implementation across Government Ministries and Portfolios.
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  • Advise Government entities on policy development and implementation best practice.
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Protocol Office
        Box 105, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town
        4th Floor Government Administration Bldg
        Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
        Tel: (345) 244-3612
        Fax: (345) 943-2668
        Email: protocol@gov.ky
        Website: www.protocoloffice.gov.ky
        Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
           
  • Advising government agencies on protocol
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  • Ceremonial Event Management
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  • Protocol intervention and airport liaison
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Department of Communications
        Box 105, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town
        4th Floor Government Administration Bldg
        Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
        Tel: (345) 244-8963
        Fax: (345) 943-2668
        Email: communications@gov.ky
        Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
           
  • Communication support for Government
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  • Effectively communicate Government priorities
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  • Lead improvement programmes for Government Communications
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Internal Communication and Engagement Unit
        Box 105, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town
        4th Floor Government Administration Bldg
        Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
        Tel: (345) 244-2254
        Email: internal.communications@gov.ky
        Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Working in partnership with leaders and business teams to engage staff in delivering on priorities and support organisation and cultural change, particularly relating to the 5-Year Strategic Plan for the Civil Service
Information Rights Unit
        Box 105, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town
        4th Floor Government Administration Bldg
        Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
        Tel: (345) 244-3609
        Email: informationrights@gov.ky
        Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Raise awareness of Freedom of Information and Data Protection in the entire public sector, develop tools and procedures for effective implementation of relevant legislation and policies, and organise and conduct training for practitioners in public entities.
Appeals Tribunal Secretariat
        Box 105, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town
        4th Floor Government Administration Bldg
        Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
        Tel: (345) 244-6624 / 3627
        Email: IAT@gov.ky or RPAT@gov.ky
        Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Administrative and secretarial support for the processing of appeals for the Immigration Appeals Tribunal and the Refugee Protection Appeals Tribunal.
Gender Equality Tribunal Secretary
        Gender Affairs Unit
        Box 105, 133 Elgin Avenue, George Town
        4th Floor, Government Administration Bldg
        Grand Cayman, KY1-9000
        Tel: (345) 244-3226
        Email: get@gov.ky
        Website: www.genderequality.gov.ky
        Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
The Gender Equality Tribunal is established under Section 23 of the Gender Equality Act, 2011 to hear and determine discrimination complaints submitted under the Act.
Public Affairs Unit
        Closed office in June 2011
        Website: www.cabinetoffice.gov.ky
           
  • Public affairs advice and assistance
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  • Coordination of public relations and community services
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  • Development of strategies to promote and monitor public engagement with policy
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Constitutional Review Secretariat
  Closed office in November 2009
        Website: www.constitution.gov.ky
        Email: foi.cab@gov.ky
Oversight of the 2007 constitutional reform initiative, which culminated with the passage of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009

Last Updated 2022-09-07