Friday 15 November, 2019

NESOL seeks replacement for Warren, requires engineering background

Carolyn Warren

Carolyn Warren

National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) is searching for a replacement for Carolyn Warren who resigned as Managing Director with immediate effect last Wednesday.

Warren had been under mounting pressure to resign after it was revealed that she had multiple criminal convictions dating back to over 20 years.  She had first admitted to one conviction and strenuously denied that there were others, even threatening to sue persons making the claims. However, on Friday Warren came clean, admitting to six convictions, five of them drug related.

The Opposition People’s National Party had called for her head and now NESOL is moving apace to replace her.

In an advertisement in The Sunday Gleaner, NESOL said the Managing Director will report to the Board of Directors. It said the Managing Director is responsible for the overall management, administration and direction of the company.  It said the successful applicant will also ensure the mandate of the company is sufficiently and adequately executed in line with its vision, mission and goals.

According to the advertisement, applicants must have certification in electrical power engineering, ten years working experience in management of electrical power distribution, projects management, Master of Business Administration, excellent budget analysis and forecasting skills and proficiency in the use of management software and reporting systems.

When she appeared before parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) recently, it was revealed Warren had no certification in the field of engineering. NESOL’s Chief Engineer, Anthony Brown, told a subsequent meeting of the PAAC that the managing director’s position was usually filled by a qualified engineer.

NESOL, the Government-run entity responsible for rural electrification, development of renewable energy systems and provision of energy audits, house wiring among other things, has been in the spotlight over the past two months. It started on June 7 when its Operations Engineer, 33-year-old Lawrence Pommells was arrested  along with 32-year-old mechanic Ricardo Harris, following a raid on two houses in New Harbour  Village, Old Harbour in St Catherine where a total of $85 million was seized. Detectives also seized four high end motor vehicles and other valuables.

The men were charged with money laundering, breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, possession of criminal property and bribery. They are currently out on bail. Pommells is currently on interdiction from NESOL pending the outcome of his court case.

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