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Mr. Delroy Gordon JP, PhD, MBA, BSc Executive Director

Mr. Delroy Gordon joined the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as Cultural Organizer for the parish of St. Mary in May 1987. His first exposure to the Commission however, was in 1977, when he won his first medal in the National Drama Competition while attending the Mount Angus All Age School in St. Mary.  He later served as a member of the St. Mary Cultural Development Committee and participated in the annual Festival Competitions in the areas of Dance, Drama and Speech as a competitor as well as a trainer.

Within two years of his employment as Cultural Organizer, he commenced his upward movement in the organization when he was promoted to Parish Manager in 1989.

In 1991 he was promoted to Regional Manager for the Northern Region with responsibility for the parishes of St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas; Seven years later, he was named Director of Field Services, assuming responsibility for the 14 parishes as well as the Programmes Management Department. Between 1998 and 1999, he served as Acting Executive Director and again from April to December 2009. He was appointed Deputy Executive Director in April 2010 and later led the Commission as Acting Executive Director from January 2011 until his subsequent appointment as Executive Director in 2013.

Mr. Gordon has contributed greatly and given high quality dedicated and committed service to the continued growth and development of the Commission. The JCDC has benefitted from his visionary leadership that resulted in its positive transformation in all areas of its operations. Under his leadership in 2009, the Commission received the prestigious Gleaner Honour Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture. He was recognized at Kings House among the eight nominees for the Jamaica Institute of Management (JIM), Manager of the Year Award for 2011.

Mr. Gordon holds a PhD in Human Resource Management, an Associate of Science Degree (A.Sc.)  in Business Studies, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Human Resource Management (1st Class Honours) , a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Post-Graduate Diplomas in Management Studies and Public Sector Senior Management Development  (PSSMDP).He is a Justice of the Peace for the parish of St. Mary and serves on numerous parish and national committees, boards, organizations and institutions for which he is the recipient of numerous awards and citations for outstanding contribution and dedicated service.

He is guided by the mantra: “Service to Humanity is the Rent I pay for the Breath I Breathe.”

Mrs. Marjorie Leyden Vernon JP, MBA, BA Director of Community Cultural Services

Mrs. Marjorie Leyden-Vernon currently serves as the Director of the Community Cultural Services Division at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) where she has overall responsibility for all operations in the 13 Parish Offices across the island.  Though she has held this position since May 2010, Mrs. Leyden-Vernon has been a part of the JCDC team for almost 20 years, starting in July of 1996, when she served as the Parish Manager for Westmoreland. Since then she has held the positions: Acting Regional Manager, Western Region (1999-2000); Marketing and Public Relations Director (2001-2002); Regional Manager, Western Region (2003-2010).

Mrs. Leyden-Vernon is a distinguished graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Upper-Second Class Honours) in General Studies with emphasis in Public Administration, International Politics and Library and Information Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with honourary mention. She is a trained Teacher in Library Science and General Science from the Moneague Teachers’ College and worked for 10 years at the Manning’s School in Westmoreland before coming to the JCDC in 1996.

Mrs Leyden-Vernon has had a life dedicated to national cultural development, beginning as early as 1986 when she was crowned Miss Westmoreland Festival Queen and later placed second at the National Coronation. After she distinguished herself with her singing talent at the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, she was asked to be guest artiste for the 1987 Coronation Show.

A trained mediator and Justice of the Peace for Westmoreland, Mrs. Leyden-Vernon is currently a member of the Westmoreland Lay Magistrate Association. As a devout Christian, she has served the Savanna La Mar Circuit of Seventh Day Adventist churches with distinction, serving previously as Westmoreland’s Women Ministries League Director and Westmoreland’s Sabbath School & Personal Ministries League Director.

Stephen Davidson MBA, BSc (Hons) Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Mr. Stephen Davidson is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) He has overall responsibility for the promotion of the diverse range of programmes in the entertainment arts, literary arts, culinary and performing arts, as well as the annual Jamaica independence celebrations across the island.


Prior to joining JCDC, Mr. Davidson had portfolio responsibility for communications, public relations and corporate affairs at The Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) and its strategic business units in the Victoria Mutual Group.


Mr. Davidson holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the Mona School of Business and Management, University of the West Indies and Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Marketing and Applied Management Analysis with a minor in Communications from Le Moyne College in New York.

He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honour Society, and Delta Mu Delta, National Honour Society for Business Administration.  His awards include the Frank and Martha Ahrens Memorial Medal in Business, 1st Runner-up recipient of the VMBS President’s Award for Most Outstanding Employee and the Fr. Matteo Ricci Award for Achievement in Diversity.

 
He is an avid track and field fan and a lover of music. His life mantra is to make a positive impact on the lives that he comes in contact with. 

Mrs. Tamara Wright -Brown, MSc, B Sc Director - Human Resource Management, Development & Administration

Mrs. Tamara Wright Brown joined the JCDC in 2012 as Director of Personnel and was later promoted to Director of Human Resource Management Development and Administration. She provides supervision for human resources management and training and development activities as well as guidance on policies, rules, regulations and expected standards. She also leads her team to deliver expected service in fulfilling the requirements for staffing and the related conditions of service and personnel services.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies and Human Resource Management and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development, both from the University of the West Indies. She also holds a Diploma in Management Studies from the Institute of Management Sciences and has certifications in Counselling, Secretarial Studies, Computing and Supervisory Management and Human Resource Training for the Public Sector.

 Mrs. Wright Brown is also a Member of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ), and holds positions on numerous JCDC Committees including the Staff Recognition and Awards Committee and the Staff Loan Committee, both of which she is the chairperson, and the Change Management Team, of which she is the deputy chairperson. She also sits as the Financial and Administration Director and Director of the Pastor’s Aide Committee of the Church of God of Prophecy in her community.

Mrs. Tracey-Anne Thompson Thomas Director, Finance and Accounts

Mrs. Tracey-Anne Thomas joined the Commission as Salaries Officer in 1993 and has served as Senior Accountant and Acting Director of Finance.  As the Director of Finance and Accounts, Mrs.  Thomas’s key responsibilities include the supervision and preparation of the Commission’s budget for all capital and recurrent expenditure in accordance with the operational goals and objectives and the Ministry of Finance’s guidelines; Preparation of the operational plan, budget and work programmes for the Finance and Accounts Division and the preparation and monitoring of estimates of revenue, expenditure and cash flow for the Commission.

She is also responsible for the development and maintenance of a Budgetary System in accordance with the Government’s policies and procedures for effective financial planning and oversees and ensures that all contracts, financial transactions and monetary arrangements conducted on behalf of the Ministry adhere to government policies.

Mrs. Thomas is a graduate of the Nova Southeastern University and the University of Technology.

Miss Elizabeth Smith, MA, BA Corporate Services Director

A proud St. Elizabethan by birth, Elizabeth Smith fell in love with the programmes of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) before she joined the Commission in April, 2008 as the Research Officer and later promoted to Research and Information Manager. A cultural enthusiast and one who is passionate about customer service satisfaction, she finds it a privilege to be serving in the capacity of Corporate Services Director. It was always a career ambition to be employed at the Commission as she greatly admired the work of the organization.

Her association with the Commission spawns more than 14 years having entered the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition in 2002 for the Parish of St. Elizabeth where she was named the First Runner Up in the Competition. She also served as an active member on both the St. Elizabeth Parish and Festival Queen Committees. In 2003, she entered her school in the Festival of the Performing Arts Competition and was awarded the Most Outstanding Dance Teacher in St. Elizabeth. The school was awarded the most outstanding popular dance group.

Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Master of the Arts Degree in Heritage Studies from the University of the West Indies, Mona. These degrees exposed her to formal training in cultural research methodologies, proposal writing, cultural resource management, museum management and records and information management. While on the Mona campus she was very active in the Department of History and Archaeology’s History Club as well as a member of the Faculty of Humanities Committee.  She also served on the Mary Seacole Hall Committee and was Hall Chairperson which made her a member of the Guild of Students of the University of the West Indies, Mona. She was exposed to several leadership training on campus. In recognition of outstanding contribution to Hall life, she earned the following awards: the coveted Seacolite of the Year, Most Outstanding Leader; Most Outstanding Role Model, the Adella Campbell’s Award for Outstanding Performance and Most Outstanding Hall Committee Member.

Ms. Smith is a member of the Jamaica Customer Service Association of Jamaica. She is a member of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Values and Attitudes Committee. She also served as a member of the Technical Working Group Committee for the National Creative and Cultural Industries Policy, Office of the Prime Minister.

Ms. Smith is committed to the development of the Commission. By creating the necessary customer service environment, she fervently believes that the Commission can make significant strides.

Mr. Andrew Brodber Director, Arts Development and Training