His Excellency Martyn Roper OBEGovernor of the Cayman Islands
Martyn Keith Roper is a highly experienced career Diplomat with a successful track record in senior corporate leadership roles across the world. He was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in June 1965.
Prior to his appointment as Governor of the Cayman Islands, Martyn was Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Beijing where he was responsible for a network of over 800 people across five diplomatic posts.
His earlier career includes postings to Algeria as the UK Ambassador, Deputy Head of Mission in Brasilia and as First Secretary Economics and Development with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
Martyn has previous experience working with the British Overseas Territories from his time as Head of the Gibraltar Section at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London when he had specific responsibility for policy concerning law and order, justice and good governance.
During his time with the United Nations in the early part of the 1990s his role included the Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24).
He was Vice Consul in Kuwait at the time of the outbreak of the first Gulf War and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2013 on his return to the UK from his posting in Algeria.
Married to Elisabeth he has two grown children, a son Matthew and daughter Jessica. He is a keen cyclist and also enjoys tennis and reading in his spare time.
Hon. Dwayne Seymour, JP, MLAMinister for Health, Environment, Culture and Housing
Dwayne Seymour, a businessman who grew up in the beautiful district of Bodden Town, Grand Cayman, has been a very active community leader from a very young age. He is the elected member for the largest electoral district in the Cayman Islands, Bodden Town East, and is currently serving as the Minister for Health, Environment, Culture and Housing. This is his second term in office, the first being from 2009 to 2013. Minister Seymour was fortunate to serve in Cabinet on both occasions.
Mr. Seymour has been involved with the Bodden Town Football Club for over 30 years and served as Captain and Coach and is currently the Vice President. He has been the Chairman of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament. With a keen interest in entertainment, Mr. Seymour has organised and sponsored many musical talent shows, mainly to identify rising stars, through the event called “Xposure”. Mentoring the youth and empowering them to believe that everything is possible, once the work is put in with a positive attitude, is another of Dwayne Seymour’s passions.
Mr. Seymour has 34 years of experience in the airline and aviation industry, including aviation security. He was the national flag carrier’s regional and international airline manager. He is a highly certified aviation consultant and trainer, and he takes distinct pride in developing airline security as a local career. It is with immense pride that he seeks to ensure having more than 75% Caymanians in his employ. Mr. Seymour has been the President & CEO of Airport Professional Services for the past 18 years which operates in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Mr. Seymour has served on many boards, including the Prison Inspection Board, the Health Insurance Commission Board, the Status & Permanent Residency Immigration Board. He is currently a member of the NCL Review Committee Board and is the Co-Chair for the Stakeholders Steering Committee for Single Use Plastics. Mr. Seymour is married with children and attends the Webster Memorial United Church in Bodden Town.
Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly LLB, BA (Hons), JP, MP
Title: Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands
Our next speaker can be considered a pioneer in many ways as she is a lady with a number of firsts-in-service to the people of the Cayman Islands.Before being elected for the first time to the Legislative Assembly in 1996, she enjoyed a successful career as a Teacher, Accounts Assistant and Attorney at Law having graduated from the University of Saint Leo with the highest cumulative GPA and later the Cayman Islands Law School/University of Liverpool where she completed her Bachelor of Laws.
Her political career began in November 1996 when she was elected as representative for the District of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. In doing so, she became the first lady to represent that District in the Legislative Assembly. In 1997, she became Cayman’s first female Minister and served until 2000 in the capacity as the Minister of Community Affairs, Sports, Women, Youth and Culture.
She was for a short period, an opposition backbencher before becoming the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2003, making her the first female member of the Legislative Assembly to do so.
From 2005 to 2009 she served as a formidable member of the opposition. Prior to her second period of service as Speaker, she was a member of Cabinet for four years from 2009 to 2013, first as Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture and then with the responsibility of Minister of Finance added to that portfolio.
She was later to be Speaker of the House for another extended period from 2013 to 2017. Born and raised a proud Cayman Bracker, her interests include; reading, cooking, farming, meeting people and learning new cultures. She is the longest serving female member of the Legislative Assembly and the first woman to become Deputy Premier and Premier of the Cayman Islands.
Jane Panton, Founder & Chairperson of the Alex Panton Foundation
Jane is the mother of Alex, for whom the Foundation was founded in remembrance of.
Jane is a Certified Public Accountant and established her career in a big four accounting firm. She is now the Director of Finance and Compliance at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands.
Jane, together with her husband Wayne, founded APF in an effort to help the Cayman Islands community improve mental health awareness and support for children and adolescents.
Hailee Robinson, Deputy Chairperson of the Alex Panton Foundation
Hailee is completing her legal training as an articled clerk at the law firm Maples and Calder, having completed her LPC at the University of Law and MA in law from the University of Bristol.
Preceding this, Hailee completed a dual major in International Development and Anthropology at McGill University.
Hailee is an ardent community advocate with experience volunteering from an early age, which she now does as an executive member of the Alex Panton Foundation. Hailee is also a founding member of the Alex Panton Foundation and a dear friend of Alex Panton.
Ms. Lizzette Yearwood, JP, MMH, MHA, a Registered Nurse, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA), with overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Cayman Islands Hospital, Faith Hospital, and District Health Centres and Clinics across all three islands. In addition to her professional commitments, Ms. Yearwood is a Board member of the Alex Panton Foundation
Ms. Yearwood assumed leadership of the Health Services Authority during a very difficult period in the organization’s history. With support from her senior management team and the HSA Board, she has led various strategic initiatives resulting in a financial turnaround, and the achievement of the organization’s first clean audit opinion in 2018.
Holding over 26 years of progressive experience in local and international healthcare settings, she has received the 2013 Medal of Honour (MMH), the 2015 National Heroes’ Day Emerging Pioneer in Health award, and the 2021 Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour (Cert. Hon.) in response for meritorious services rendered in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A Cayman Brac native, Ms. Yearwood has one daughter, Kelsey, an accomplished IT professional with whom she shares the title of United World College alumna.
Dr. Lam is a U.K.-trained Doctorate Clinical Psychologist and Registered Expert Witness with over 18 years of clinical experience in providing specialist mental health and trauma services to our community. Dr. Lam is registered with the Cayman Islands Council for Professions Allied with Medicine , HCPC and British Psychological Society in the UK, accredited by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies, she has also been awarded with a Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation by The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Supervision. She is also certified in Neurosequential Model in Therapy.
Dr Lam was one of the national lead clinicians working with the Department of Health to reform the children and adolescent mental health service and improve evidence-based practice in the NHS. She specializes in complex trauma and attachment work and mainly works with looked-after children services. She is passionate in developing trauma informed care through consultation and training. Dr Lam is experienced in reforming services and has a track record of service improvement.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lam is on the board of Alex Panton Foundation and The Theraplay Institute. Involving in many community and charity initiatives and has led many outreach projects. One of her current focus areas involves working with community leaders to improve access for children to mental health service.
Xenia Sotiriou has a B.A. (Hons) in Human Communication and Psychology, an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Counseling from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Xenia has a PhD in Organizational Psychology where she used Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) tools to understand group and individual dynamics.
Xenia has extensive experience as a therapist working with adults on issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and grief to name a few. As a therapist, Xenia is responsive to the needs of individuals and as a result utilizes a number of therapeutic techniques stemming from Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy. Xenia is committed to helping individuals overcome personal difficulties by helping them identify repetitive patterns of behavior that are contributing to their current experience. Xenia feels strongly about taking a systemic approach in order to help individuals recognize how interactions between self-and-other(s) as well as self-to-self can influence an individual’s experience and exacerbate negative emotional experiences. Xenia is part of BHAC and provides individual, family and couples therapy.
Xenia is passionate about preventative mental health and providing children with the tools to navigate life’s challenges. It is her hope that every child in the Cayman Islands can have free access to Social Emotional Literacy Education.
Dr Catherine Day Consultant Clinical Psychologist. DClinPsy, BSc (Hons), CPsych, CSAccred.(AAC)
UK-trained highly specialist Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years clinical experience, including 8 years in Cayman. British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist, Registered Expert Witness and member of the Institute of Psychotherapy & Disability; registered with the CI Health Practice Commission and UK Health Care Professionals Council.
Dr Day is skilled at working with individuals and families with issues including chronic pain, life-limiting conditions, and severe and multiple disabilities. She also works in an adapted way to deliver therapeutic interventions to people with disabilities and/or communication difficulties. She is passionate about advocating for those who have limited voice and power in our community.
Dr Day uses her expertise to work therapeutically and/or consult with:
organisations such as health and educational establishments, children’s homes, social services, juvenile residential facilities, adult training centres, workplaces and charity projects; to provide a space for organisations and staff groups to reflect on the job they do and the clients they support, with the aim of reducing staff stress/burnout and increasing the understanding of client needs.
other mental health professionals in need of specialist expertise or consultation
family systems and individuals (biological or fostered/adopted)
Marc Lockhart, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist. He completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency at Wayne State University/ Detroit Medical Center. He has been a practicing psychiatrist in The Cayman Islands for over 21 years. He currently is Director of the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at The Health Services Authority. He is the Medical Director of BHAC, Behavioral Health Associates Cayman. He is the current Chairman of The Mental Health Commission. An area of focus is finalizing the development of a long-term care psychiatric facility for The Cayman Islands. Dr. Lockhart received the honour of Emerging Pioneer in 2015 for health services.
Shannon Seymour is the founding Director of The Wellness Centre and a psychologist with over 24 years of clinical experience. She earned a Masters in Clinical Psychology, a second Masters in Infant Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities and is in the final Dissertation phase of her PhD, examining the role of intergenerational trauma, caregiving and attachment.
Shannon was the first psychologist in the Cayman Islands to be trained in the diagnosis of autism, and in 2012 became certified in the Early Start Denver Model, a relationship-based intervention for young children with developmental delays.
She has recently been interested in exploring the role of attachment in anxiety and mood disorders and after attending training in the SPACE model of treating childhood anxiety at Yale Child Study Centre she was selected by Dr. Lebowitz to be part of the first certification cohort. As a Certified SPACE specialist, Shannon helps families and parents to understand ways to support young children and adolescents experiencing anxiety.
Shannon is a wife, mother, baker, runner, and community advocate.
Carol-Anne FordyceCayman Islands Crisis Centre Co-Ordinator
Carol-Anne is originally from Scotland and has lived on Island for 3 years. Her background is in Training and Development and within this field she has worked in Safeguarding and Domestic Violence for over 20 years.
Carol-Anne is the Co-ordinator with the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre which operates the only emergency shelter for women and children affected by domestic violence. In this role, she runs the Estella’s Place Walk-In service which is available to men and women who are affected by Domestic Violence. She is also responsible for the recruitment, training and supervision of the Crisis Centre volunteers as well as supervising the Kids Helpline which is a free service available to anyone 18 years and under across all 3 sister islands.
Ivan McLean, Prevention and Information OfficerMr. Ivan McLean has responsibility for the implementation of comprehensive drug prevention / education programmes and initiatives through the delivery of presentations/workshops/trainings/programmes through various sectors of the community. He provides support to community groups, including youth-based programmes on a local level to address identified alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues, working alongside stakeholders in the establishment and delivery of their prevention objectives. In addition, he facilitates and assists with data collection, data entry, analysis and reporting review; in order to develop evidence-based public information campaigns. Mr. McLean has over 10 years in the development of and the support to research, monitoring and evaluation of projects and the collection and entry of data for the purposes of research, monitoring and evaluation.
Carolina Ferreira is the Deputy Director and Child Protection & Sexuality Education Programme Manager of the Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC). Ms. Ferreira has been with the Red Cross for 24 years, having joined as a teenage volunteer in the late 1990s, and has been a member of staff for the past 18 years. Ms. Ferreira has been a staunch advocate for youth empowerment, gender equality, sexuality education and child protection for nearly two decades. She coordinates the grassroots multi-agency child protection project “Protection Starts Here” which has been advocating for national standards for all youth serving organisations in Cayman for nearly a decade. Her work has been recognised regionally and internationally, having been a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Award and the recipient of an International Commendation from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC).
Martina Jackson is a young Caymanian actuarial professional with a passion for diversity, education, youth development, mental health and the arts. She has served on the board of UWC (United World College) Cayman Islands since 2014 – having been selected to attend Waterford Kamhlaba UWC in Swaziland after graduating John Gray High School in 2008. Martina is a mental health advocate driven by her personal experiences and empathy for others. She is also an artist and musician who has used the arts to cope and overcome mental illness and recently held an art exhibition titled “Out of my mind” in January 2021 where she exhibited 67 pen drawings done over a period of four years.
Bill is a National Board Certified Science Teacher and the Youth Ambassador Programme Education Coordinator aiming to empower the next generation of voices while helping to improve both the environmental health mental health of our community.
Schools Attended: Grace Christian Academy, Cayman International School and the University of Western Ontario
Cristin has been a Dart Scholar since 2016 and is Leader of the Youth Ambassador Programme.
Current School: Carleton University
Schools Attended: Montessori and John Gray High School
Monina is passionate about community service and taking care of the environment so she regularly organizes volunteer work. She is also a Youth Ambassador and part of the Cayman Islands Women’s National Football Team.
Dianne is a licensed independent clinical Social Worker and has worked in mental health care since 2004. She has received the “Jane Addams Award for Compassion” and has been a guest lecturer, author and advocate for many mental health issues.
Neil is an Educator and Learning Mentor at John Gray High (Pastoral Care Manager)
He has a Masters Degree in Education Management and extensive training and experience in behavior modification and interventions.
Daphne has her B.A. and M.I.A. and is the Senior Contributor for Forbes.com focusing on Food, Drink, Agriculture, & Sustainability. She is And Loving Parent who is passionate about our environment and mental health.
Schools Attended: George Town Primary School and Cayman Prep and High School
Sanaa is a Youth Ambassador for Mental Health, she is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two siblings.
Schools Attended: JGHS
Jhadari is a Youth Ambassador, has obtained her first degree black belt and is interested in psychology.
Schools Attended: Cayman International School
Sadie plays both indoor volleyball and inline hockey at a national level. As a Youth Ambassador Sadie is very passionate about being an advocate as she aims to help other people find their voices.
Age: 17 years old
Dylan is a Youth Ambassador and both the High School Varsity Volleyball Captain and part of the Cayman Islands Youth National Volleyball team.
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