Grange challenges Board to transform CPTC for digital age

The Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP The Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP

Kingston, 19 January 2021 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has proposed an ambitious agenda to the new Board of the Creative Production and Training Centre.

At the first meeting of the new Board recently, Minister Grange challenged members to modernise and transform the CPTC to meet the demand for media training and cultural programming in this digital era.

“There is an appetite for Jamaican cultural programming and we must position the CPTC to meet that demand through authentic, high quality productions that reflect our rich culture and heritage,” said Minister Grange.

Minister Grange challenged the Board to improve the viability of the CPTC towards making it the production base of choice in Jamaica.

Minister Grange said:
“I must commend the previous Board which made good strides in retooling and transforming the CPTC for this new era. It is now your turn to take the baton and build on the successes as we work together to achieve new heights for this agency.”

The members of the Board of the CPTC are:

- Chairman Mr. Lenford Salmon (Cultural and Creative Industries Consultant)
- Deputy Chairman Mr. Delroy Morgan (Administrative Executive)
- Mr. Elon Parkinson (Marketing Executive)
- Mrs. Shirley McLean-Brown (Chartered Accountant)
- Dr. Livingston White (Director of Carimac)
- Mr. Oral McCook (Marketing Executive)
- Mr. Lennox Turner (Chartered Accountant)
- Mr. Alex Morrissey (IT Executive)
- Mr. Oliver Fagan (Media and Communications Specialist)
- Mrs. Yvonne Chin Irving (Media and Communications Lecturer)
- Ms. Belinda Williams (Banking Executive)
- Ms. Shaneek Clacken (Attorney-at-Law)
- Mr. Martin Lewis (Technical Production Consultant)
- Miss Lorna Napier, Acting Chief Executive Officer (ex officio)

Minister Grange said:
“Many of you are products of the CPTC. So you know on a personal level the impact that this agency has had on lives, especially for people who could not matriculate to university, but could get training at the CPTC to prepare them for rewarding careers. The CPTC must continue to improve lives and launch careers; and I am charging you with that responsibility.”

The members have been appointed to serve for three years. The new Board was constituted in keeping with the National Policy for Gender Equality to ensure that a minimum of 30 per cent of either sex makes up the composition of government boards.

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Minister's charge

I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Olivia Grange

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