Pestaina is the UWP's nominee for House Speaker

Pestaina is the UWP’s nominee for House Speaker

The United Workers Party on Wednesday announced that the Parliamentary Opposition will nominate former Commonwealth Political Advisor and Senior Public Service Manager, Judith Eleanor Pestaina, for the post of Speaker of the House of Assembly when the new parliamentary term opens on February 23rd, 2015.

Mrs. Pestaina, the Managing Director of Garraway Hotel, is a certified career professional with over 25 years experience across a variety of leadership and management positions in the public and private sectors.

As a former Chief Protocol Officer, Permanent Secretary, Chief Personnel Officer and Acting Cabinet Secretary in the government of Dominica, she has an impressive track record of customer focused teamwork and effective alignment of resources to agreed organizational development strategies.

As a former Deputy Director of the Political Affairs Division of the London based Commonwealth Secretariat, she led and served on a number of missions observing Elections in several Commonwealth member states designed to help strengthen and protect democracy. She also collaborated with the senior leadership team in the development and delivery of a variety of solutions for Governance challenges facing small island states in particular and the Commonwealth grouping in general.

Opposition Leader Lennox Linton says the UWP nominee for the post of Speaker is well prepared to do justice to the challenging responsibility of guiding the business of parliament to higher levels of achievement in the public interest.

“We are extremely pleased that she has made herself available to serve if elected… When you combine the professional accomplishments of Mrs. Pestaina with her passion for excellence, her well-known capacity for fairness and objectivity, and her outstanding oral and written communication skills, you have a mix of skills and competencies ideally suited to this important public service engagement,” he said.

Parliament will elect a Speaker by secret ballot at the start of proceedings on February 23rd, 2015.

The ruling party’s nominee is Alix Boyd-Knights who has held the position since 2000.