The Guyana Water Incorporated announced on Monday that there is a new Chief Executive Officer and Board in place.
Former Minister of Health under the PNC government, Dr. Richard Van West Charles, will serve as the new Chief Executive Officer.
According to a GWI statement, Dr. Van West Charles took over his new appointment with effect from October 1, 2015.
“Dr. Van West-Charles has a plethora of experience in the area of public health including being responsible for Research and Bioethics. He is the former Academic Dean of St. Helen University Medical School and Health Sciences, St. Lucia, Special Advisor Partnerships with the International Financial Institutions at the World Health Organization (WHO), Area Manager for Information and Knowledge Management, PAHO/WHO as well as PAHO/WHO Representative for Jamaica; Cayman Islands and Bermuda among other distinguished appointments”, the release said.
Addressing the GWI Corporate Management Team on Friday, the Chief Executive Officer said access to safe, potable water is a priority on his list of areas for attention.
‘Without a healthy society we cannot achieve the Guyana we are hoping to build,’ stated the CE, ‘paramount to maintaining good public health is access to safe water. Hence, this area along with water quality and GWI’s financial viability are key issues I will be addressing immediately’.
GWI also announced that Certified Public Accountant, Nigel Hinds has been appointed the Chairman of the GWI board.
The new GWI Board of Directors consists of the following appointees:
Nigel Hinds Chairperson
Savitri Singh Sharma