Fayval Williams has been named Minister of Education, Youth and Information. Williams is one of 19 cabinet ministers named by Prime Minister Andrew Holness following the September 3 general election.
She is the fourth woman to hold the position of education minister, following Dr Phyllis MacPherson-Russell in 1978, Dr Mavis Gwendolyn Gilmour in 1983 and Maxine Henry Wilson in 2002.
Four ministers of government were sworn into office on September 7 by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen: Dr Horace Chang, Dr Nigel Clarke, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith and Dr Christopher Tufton.
Williams, a former minister of science, energy and technology and the remaining 13 ministers, including Olivia Babsy Grange, who returns to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, will be sworn in on September 13 during a ceremony at King’s House.
Marlene Malahoo Forte, who has been returned as attorney general will also be sworn in at Sunday’s ceremony.
State ministers will be sworn in on Monday, September 14.
Of the 29 appointments in the Holness executive, six are women — three cabinet ministers, two state ministers and the attorney general.
- Andrew Holness – Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Economic Growth and Job Creation
- Dr Horace Chang – Deputy Prime Minister, National Security
- Dr Nigel Clarke – Finance and Public Service
- Senator Kamina Johnson Smith – Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
- Dr Christopher Tufton – Health and Wellness
- Desmond McKenzie – Local Government and Rural Development
- Olivia Grange – Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
- Edmund Bartlett – Tourism
- Robert Montague – Transport and Mining
- Fayval Williams – Education, Youth and Information
- Delroy Chuck – Justice
- Daryl Vaz – Energy, Science and Technology
- Karl Samuda – Labour and Social Security
- Floyd Green – Agriculture and Fisheries
- Audley Shaw – Industry, Investment and Commerce
- Pearnel Charles Jr – Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change
- Matthew Samuda – Senator and Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of National Security
- Everald Warmington – Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation
- Aubyn Hill – Senator and Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation
- Marsha Smith – Finance and the Public Service
- Leslie Campbell – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
- Juliet Cuthbert – Flynn – Health and Wellness
- Homer Davis – Local Government and Rural Development
- Alando Terrelonge – Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport
- J.C Hutchinson – Transport and Mining
- Robert Morgan – Education, Youth and Information
- Zavia Mayne – Labour and Social Security
- Dr Norman Dunn – Industry, Investment and Commerce
- Marlene Malahoo Forte