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Management shuffle: Left to right, Mark Mello, Major Barrett Dill, Lt Col David Burch, Andrew Dias, Carmen Tucker and Kent Bascome. (Photograph supplied)
All change: David Burt, the minister for public works, at this mornings press conference (Photograph supplied)

The Government has announced a number of senior management appointments as part of a shake-up of its quangos.

Andrew Dias has been appointed interim chief executive officer of the Bermuda Land Development Corporation, taking over from Barrett Dill, who will remain as general manager of the Bermuda Housing Corporation.

Mr Dias was previously the general manager of the West End Development Corporation.

Wedco’s chief financial officer, Kent Bascome, and port facilities manager Carmen Tucker, will assume leadership roles at that quango.

The appointments were announced by David Burch, the Minister for Public Works, at a press conference this morning.

Lieutenant-Colonel Burch said that the changes were part of a drive which began in 2018 to improve efficiency, accountability and effectiveness of the quangos.

He said: “The Ministry viewed these changes as an opportunity to immediately effect some cost savings by reducing duplication of roles, combining responsibilities and bringing a sharper focus to deliver on the government’s mandate to control costs and operate more efficiently.

“Now, some 27 months later, it is time for further changes to enhance operations.

“The change in leadership will be for six months – after which time we will review the status to determine next steps.

“We view these changes as the best solution to addressing the current situation without the added expense of hiring new staff and shall monitor the progress and make any necessary adjustments as the need arises.”

This story has been corrected online to clarify that Carmen Tucker is the port facilities manager at Wedco.

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Published January 29, 2021 at 1:51 pm (Updated January 29, 2021 at 8:27 pm)

Quango management shuffle gets under way

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