Monday 28 September, 2020

14 Jamaicans awarded 2020-2021 Chevening Scholarships

Four of the 14 Chevening scholars: (from left) Oshane Hamilton; Andrea Chisolm; Donald Mirander and JosanSutherland.

Four of the 14 Chevening scholars: (from left) Oshane Hamilton; Andrea Chisolm; Donald Mirander and JosanSutherland.

Fourteen Jamaicans have been awarded Chevening Scholarships to pursue Master’s Degrees in the UK, the British High Commission in Kingston has announced.

The 2020-2021 scholars were selected from a stellar shortlisted cohort of 50, who were chosen from a wider candidate pool of more than 400.

Chevening is the UK’s Government international awards programme aimed at developing global leaders. It offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK, the British High Commission said in a release.

This year’s batch of scholars will increase the Jamaican alumni to over 250 since 1984, many of whom are leaders and trailblazers across Jamaican society.

In reacting to confirmation of this year’s cohort, High Commissioner Asif Ahmad noted that the UK, through world-class universities remains committed to developing young global leaders despite the economic fallout from COVID-19.                

“We are not going to let COVID-19 rob talented Jamaicans of the opportunity to experience the life changing impact of Chevening,” said Ahmad who’s seen off hundreds of scholars in his combined 10 years of engagement as Ambassador to Jamaica, Thailand and the Philippines.

“I’ve always been particularly fond of the Chevening programme and have personally witnessed the development of enthusiastic, talented and committed people over a one year period. Each person, from the send-off to their return, are transformed and ready to make a contribution to their home country.

“This year’s cohort is quite special, as for the first time in Jamaica, we have someone aiming for a Master’s in Fashion Business Management. We also have a scholar studying the physics and technology of nuclear reactors; another first for this great country,” Ahmad added.

This year’s Chevening Scholars are: Josan Sutherland; Paris Michelle Barrett Powell; Victoria Grant; Deanna Rose; Don Dobson; Oshane Hamilton; Kerry-Ann Harriott; Donald Mirander; Andrea Chisholm; Robyn Stephenson; Jonelle Allen; Suelle Anglin; Stacy-Ann Wilson; Leroy Montaque.



Josan is a Physiotherapist who rehabilitates patients with Neurological and Orthopaedic conditions. She will be pursuing a Masters in Advanced Neurological Physiotherapy at The University College London.  Prior to transitioning to work for a Non-profit Rehabilitation clinic in St. Elizabeth, Josan was therapist at The Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre (SJGRC) in Kingston, Jamaica. Whilst at SJGRC she founded a support group for persons living with disabilities, focused on the reintegration of members into Jamaica's social and economic landscape. Her passion for her profession, her patients and their wellbeing stems from her personal experience as an amputee and being a three-time cancer survivor. Being a physically challenged clinician, fuels her interest in boosting Jamaica's purple economy and achieving our 2030 Vision of empowering every member of our society to reach his or her fullest potential. She loves to read, inspire others and attend live music concerts




Paris is a Youth Empowerment Officer with the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information, a 2018 recipient of the Governor General's Achievement Awards for Excellence, and a shortlisted nominee for the 2018 Prime Minister's National Youth Awards. After withdrawing from the University of Technology in 2009 due to severe complications of epilepsy, she later pursued & graduated with a BSc. in Social Work with honours from the Northern Caribbean University in 2015. She will pursue a MA in Marketing and Communications at the University of Westminster, which will aptly position her as an expert in global branding & marketing strategy, brand reputation, and nation branding. As part of her 4-phased career plan, she will lend her expertise to the development of Jamaica’s economic development marketing plan to ultimately fuel the furtherance of the sustainable development of Brand Jamaica - positioning Jamaica as the place of choice to trade, invest, do business, vacation, and retire.



Victoria Grant is a Civil Engineer from The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, where she completed her undergraduate degree at the top of her class. Victoria received the Jamaica Institution of Engineers’ award for ‘The Most Outstanding Jamaican Engineering Student - UWI (2017)' and was a 2018/2019 Rhodes Scholarship Finalist. She is currently employed to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), serving as the primary Civil Engineer in their Applications Management Division, where she plays an integral role in the local development process.  Victoria will attend Imperial College London to study Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology, after which she intends to continue to make a positive impact on the engineering community through research, development and policymaking.



Deanna Rose is an environmentalist with a strong desire to promote a healthier human-environment juncture. She has worked as an analytical chemist at the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, where she supported research projects including climate change in an agricultural context and the importance of mangrove ecosystems. Notably, Deanna co-published the first microplastic pollution assessment in Jamaica’s marine environment. Her current efforts aim to support the plastic ban through the promotion and distribution of eco-friendly packaging, one means of addressing the upstream issue of marine plastic pollution. She will be pursuing the M.Sc. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment at the University of Southampton. It is her desire to endorse the environmentally-conscious modernization of Jamaica through research-driven and community-focused sustainability initiatives.




Don Dobson is the Senior Director of Communications and Public Education at the Broadcasting Commission, where he manages a dynamic public education programme in support of the Commission’s strategic objective to protect vulnerable citizens and promote media/digital literacy.

Outside of work, Don volunteers with Netball Jamaica and is a member of the British Council’s Boys Can Mentorship Programme, the Calabar Old Boys Mentorship Programme, and the coaching staff of Calabar High School’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz team. He is also the benefactor of the Pearl Campbell Memorial Award for Excellence, an annual scholarship he established in 2015 in tribute to his grandmother's commitment to holistic education.  A firm believer in the transformative power of sports and education for developing societies, Don will be pursuing the Master of Science in Sport Management at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Upon returning to Jamaica, he plans to use his newly acquired expertise to strengthen management and governance systems in local sports associations and grow his consulting business, Immersion Sports Management.




Oshane Hamilton is currently a scientific officer at the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS). In this capacity, he has predominantly been involved with the peaceful uses of nuclear energy to support national priorities such as human health, environmental protection and food security.  He is also a part of the UNESCO Youth Ambassadors Programme which provides a platform for young persons to design and advocate for proposals geared towards Jamaica’s sustainable development.  Oshane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Chemistry and Statistics from the University of the West Indies, Mona and is fluent in Spanish. He will pursue a Master of Science in the Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors at the University of Birmingham. It is his desire to significantly contribute to studies in the environmental and health sector through the innovative applications of nuclear science and technology.




Kerry-Ann Harriott is a Senior GIS Mapping Officer at the Forestry Department (FD) where she works to incorporate the use of geospatial technology to achieve FD’s sustainability objectives. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the Agency’s first online geospatial platform; improving spatial data collection, quality and analysis.  She is a member of the Land Information Council of Jamaica and the Commonwealth 100 Common Purpose Leadership group. She utilises her platform and expertise to influence Jamaica’s Environmental and Geospatial Sector through projects and advocacy initiatives.  Kerry-Ann will pursue a Master of Science in Sustainability at the University of Southampton. She aspires to create a digital infrastructure to form sustainable solutions by effectively combining geospatial technology with environmental management and policy strategies; helping to safeguard Jamaica against environmental and climate challenges.



Donald Mirander is a Jamaican womenswear Fashion Designer who has been professionally designing under the name "Rednarim" since November 2014. Realizing his passion for educating and guiding creatives within the industry, Mirander recently took on the role of part-time lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica, mentoring students belonging to the Apparel Design, Production and Management programme. His brand, Rednarim, has designed wardrobes for powerful women such as the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, Member of Parliament, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Davina Bennett, Miss Universe 2nd Runner-Up 2017. In 2018, he was awarded the Miss Jamaica World 2018 Golden Scissors Top Designer Award and the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for excellence in Arts and Culture. Mirander will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Fashion Business Management at the University of Westminster, London. This study will be critical to his agenda for sustainable research in the field of Fashion as well as modernizing the fashion curricula within the tertiary education system.




Andrea Chisholm is a Senior Reporter/Producer & News Anchor at Television Jamaica, a member of the RJRGleaner Communications Group. Though her reporting covers many areas, she mainly focuses on politics, investigative, parliamentary and data-driven reporting.  She is a multi-award-winning Journalist, including the Press of Association of Jamaica’s (PAJ) Journalist of the Year award for two (2) consecutive years (2017 & 2018) and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union Award for Best Investigative Report (2017 & 2018). Andrea has also worked at CVM Television and the Television Department of the state-run Jamaica Information Service (JIS). As a Senior Writer/Producer/Presenter, she was part of the JIS team which covered the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, resulting in a PAJ award for Best Human Interest Television Feature. Andrea is a graduate of Northern Caribbean University and will be pursuing a Master of Science in Media & Communication Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She hopes to return to Jamaica to help improve the standard of Journalism and to also tackle issues linked to management, policy-making and advocacy.




Robyn Stephenson is a primary care and HIV physician working in the Hanover Health Services.

Since graduating medical school at the University of the West Indies, she has focused her work on rural Jamaica. After completing her internship at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, she pursued a postgraduate diploma in HIV Management before moving on to deliver high-quality HIV treatment and care as well as general healthcare to the population of Hanover.  She will be embarking on a Master of Public Health degree at Imperial College London. Upon her return she intends to galvanize efforts to strengthen the public health system through advocacy and collaboration to achieve health equity.



Jonelle Allen is a Senior Business Intelligence Officer at GraceKennedy Limited where she works in Strategy and Corporate Planning, helping to guide business decisions through research and data analysis. Jonelle is a mentor with The MultiCare Youth Foundation where she serves in the Transitional Living for Children in State Care project.  She is most engaged when she gets the opportunity to break down complex data, information and ideas into easily comprehensible and easy digestible formats. Her hobbies include reading, attending Toastmasters meetings and spending time with family and friends.  Jonelle will pursue a Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics at Cardiff University in Wales. It is her desire to aid in making Jamaica a data driven economy by pioneering research to develop the relevant long-term data policies and strategies, which will be vital in driving economic growth and development.



Suelle Anglin is the Associate Director of Marketing, Communication & Engagement at JFLAG. She strategizes and implements the organization's local, regional and international communications, visibility, partnership and engagement strategy. A crucial part of her portfolio includes the execution of Pride in Jamaica, which is a week of activities celebrating the resilience of the Jamaican LGBT community. Suelle has a wealth of knowledge and over seven years of experience working in the private sector and non-governmental organizations doing brand development and implementing strategic marketing and communication campaigns on traditional and new media.  She has been pivotal in the implementation of information communications technology (ICT) integration in the national HIV testing, treatment and support and linkage to care response in Jamaica. Suelle will pursue a Master of Arts in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Leeds. She aims to increase public education and tolerance of LGBT people in Jamaica using big data technology and other culturally specific communication tools and strategic partnership building.



Stacy-Ann Wilson has extensive marketing consulting experience in the orange economy. She was the brainchild behind the Shout-Out Jamaica campaign for Caribbean Airlines, which won Gold Addy awards in radio, TV, and outdoor categories for Ross Advertising.  While immersed in the marketing industry for over 16 years, Stacy-Ann has simultaneously contributed to social change in inner-city communities. She is now the founder and Social Entrepreneur at ODEM Group of Companies Ltd., an organization that merges creative media services with community development.  She is currently spearheading a marketing campaign for internet safety in 12 Caribbean countries, including Jamaica for Get Safe Online, a UK non-profit organization funded by the UK Commonwealth Cybersecurity Programme. Another notable project is, a social and society platform aimed at commerce and community tourism. Under the ODEM Foundation, the non-profit arm of the group, she supports community-based organizations in the Waterhouse and Tavern communities in poverty alleviation, focusing on youth and women. Stacy-Ann will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Media Practice for Development and Social Change at the University of Sussex. On her return to Jamaica, she aims to use digital media as a significant influence and contributor to development for SMEs and inner-city communities.




Leroy Montaque is a Correctional Officer at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre where his responsibilities include the general security of the institution, the protection and supervision of wards and assisting in the treatment and rehabilitation process. Since 2014, he has been a volunteer with Peace and Love in Society as a PALS Trainer where he engages at-risk youth in inner-city communities and schools through behaviour modification programmes. Presently, he serves as a mentor at Calabar High School, his alma mater. He is a graduate of the Jamaica Theological Seminary where he majored in Theology. Leroy will pursue a Master of Science in Behavioural Science at Durham University. He aspires to have a transformative impact in the department of correctional services and the wider public sector through the application of behaviour science methodologies, as well as work with corporations locally and internationally.

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