Peter Knight, CD, JP, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Government Town Planner at the National Environmental and Planning Agency, the government of Jamaica premier environment and planning agency. An Environmental Health, Environmental Management and Planning Professional, Mr Knight’s career spans over 43 years in Jamaica’s public sector. His expertise extends to natural resource management and planning, environmental public health programme management, health management and veterinary public health programme development.
Over the past four decades, Mr Knight has served in various capacities in public health inspection and environmental health management in the Ministry of Health. He attained the highest position in the profession, that as senior director of the environmental health unit, Ministry of Health. In 2009, Mr Knight was seconded to NEPA from the then Ministry of Health & Environment to act as chief executive officer/government town planner.
Mr Knight was retained on contract in 2009 by the then Ministry of Environment – Office of the Prime Minister. He quickly led the repositioning and revitalization of the Agency in keeping with its vision and mission to robustly address new and emerging environmental and development challenges. Strategic areas of focus included environmental sustainability, organizational renewal and Institutional capacity development.
Mr Knight led the implementation of major environmental management initiatives, including the Black River Basin Water Quality Monitoring Programme and the Emergency Warning System and the Early Warning and Response Programme. In 2011, the Development Assistance Centre was established as a permanent part of the Agency’s structure following its establishment as a project in the previous year. He also successfully implemented measures to improve the turn-around time for the processing of applications through better quality control at the application receipt stage and improving the quality of the submissions taken to the respective Committee and Authority Meetings.
During 2019, Mr Knight was conferred with the prestigious National Award of Order of Distinction, Commander Class, for contribution to the health sector and environmental planning. He has also previously received awards including the Permanent Secretary’s (Joint) Award: Malaria Eradication Programme (2007); a Certificate for Outstanding Service during/after Hurricane Ivan (2004) and the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) Award for the individual most supportive of the PCA Programme (2003). He continues to play an instrumental role in Jamaica’s journey to the realization of the Vision 2030 goals.
Mr Ainsworth Carroll MBA; BSc Hons. first joined the Agency in January 2016 where he served in the post of Director, Corporate Management Division for two years before being reassigned to his current post.
Mr Carroll has over fifteen years of experience at a senior level in various sectors including, International Trade, Food & Beverage and Telecommunications. He has a strong finance background and is a strategic thinker who is solution oriented. Over the period April 2018 to October 2019 he successfully lead a team initiative that realized a turn-around of a major project within the Agency, earning both local and international accolades.
Mr Anthony McKenzie MBA; is the Director responsible for Environmental Management and Conservation at the National Environment and Planning Agency. He has in excess of twenty five years experience in environmental management in Jamaica.
Mr McKenzie has a Masters Degree in Wastewater Treatment and Process Technology and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Strategic Planning.
His current interest is in the area of coastal resources management, specifically the impacts of climate change. Mr McKenzie is the national focal point for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) as part of UNEP’s 10YFP for SCP and the national representative on UNESCO-IOCARIBE Regional Seas programme. He is a past member of the Jamaica Defence Force.
Mr. Gregory Bennett has in excess of twenty years’ experience in Urban and Regional Planning in Jamaica.
Mr Bennett holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer-Based Management Information Systems with special emphasis on Business Administration and Information Systems Management. Mr Bennett also has advanced certifications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Project Management
Mr Bennett is a firm believer in the integration of spatial systems and the use of technology to boost productivity and improve efficiency in operations. He also believes in the application of robust and SMART environmental and spatial planning principles, models and concepts in development management. Staff spiritual and general welfare are also of significant interest.
Mr Hugh B. Gordon has over 30 years of experience in building and civil engineering design and construction, and strategic, project, and quality management.
Mr Gordon is a principle-centered leader and high performance professional who is well regarded for honesty and integrity. He is resourceful and innovative with experience in mediation and stakeholder management that is supported by strong people, communication and negotiations skills. Mr Gordon is driven by the desire to meet customer requirements and achieve customer satisfaction and in all endeavours to touch other lives for good.
One of his professional achievements is that of working as project manager on a multi-disciplinary team under a public-private-partnership for the Manley Meadow Housing Development.
Karlene Hamilton Reid, J.P., B.Sc., M.Sc. has over twenty-two year’s progressive experience in Human Resource Management and Development. She is a professional counsellor who also holds the designation of Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).
Her resourceful and solution-oriented focus has resulted in the successful implementation of numerous employee centred initiatives that have bolstered employee well-being and engagement within the Agency. She has also skilfully led numerous manpower initiatives to acquire specialised skill sets to augment the human resources capability of the Agency and effectively support the capacity to achieve the strategic goals and objectives.
Mr. Leonard Francis is a trained Environment and Planning professional with over 20 years of environment and planning experience. He is a past part time lecturer at the University of Technology in the Urban and Regional Planning Programme and a lecturer in the Real Estate Salesman course.
He has been a member and chair of the Urban and Regional Planning Advisory Committee at the University of Technology and has also been a regular presenter at several local and Regional Workshops.
Morjorn Wallock is the Director of Legal & Enforcement at the National Environment and Planning Agency. Ms. Wallock is a past student of Mount Alvernia High School and the former Senior Clerk of Courts for the parish of St. James. Prior to joining the Agency, she practiced at the private bar in Jamaica (George C. Thomas & Company) and Anguilla (Webster Dyrud Mitchell).
Ms. Wallock was a part of the consulting team for author John Grisham whilst he was researching for his novel, the Racketeer. Her practice areas includes, environment, conveyance, family, probate, immigration, corporate finance, and employment and company law. The interest in company law took Ms. Wallock on a lecturing journey to the University of the West Indies (Western Campus).
On completion of her first degree in Management & Accounting (Double Major) from the University of the West Indies, Ms. Wallock spent years in a supervisory management capacity working in the banking, airline and insurance sectors.
Ms. Wallock has certificates in Project Management and Industrial Relations from the Mona School of Business and the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica.
Currently, she is Jamaica’s focal point for UN Environment Montevideo Programme on environmental law and UN Caribbean Regional Wild Life Network.
Ms. Wallock enjoys cricket, reading, writing and community outreach. In 2013, she convened Tomorrow’s People on a Positive Move, a club that encourages the continued personal and professional development of young people through mentoring.