The President of the opposition People's National Party (PNP), Mark Golding, has announced the appointment of Lisa Hanna, Mikael Phillips and Natalie Neita-Garvey to key posts in the organization as it prepares for the local government elections.
Ms Hanna, who lost to Mr Golding in last year’s election for the PNP presidency, has been selected to serve on the PNP's Executive Committee.
Mr. Golding, addressing Sunday’s meeting of the party’s National Executive Council meeting, said he had been in dialogue with Ms Hanna on the appointment, “and she has indicated her willingness to serve in that capacity;.”
“She’ll be a tremendous resource to the Executive and I welcome her to the Executive,” he declared, to much applause.
Similarly, he said, he had asked for a similar appointment for Mikael Phillips, currently the Co-Chair of the PNP’s local government campaign committee.
Phillips, son of the immediate past president of the PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, resigned from the vice-presidency of the party earlier this year (along with another vice-president, Dr Wykeham McNeil, and the PNP’s chairman, Phillip Paulwell), a move interpreted as another sign of continuing disunity in the party.
Since then however he had re-engaged with the leadership of the 83 year-old party and, according to Mr Golding, “has been giving sterling service” as co-chair of the local government campaign committee.
Mrs Neita-Garvey has been named to the party's officer corps.
She will be responsible for constituency related issues, including conflict management and team building.