CFO’s leadership adds up to top employee honours

| 04/06/2019
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Deputy Governor Franz Manderson presents Employee of the Month certificate to Joel Burke

(CNS Local Life): Joel Burke, who is the chief financial officer in the Ministry of Community Affairs, has been named the Cayman Islands Government Employee of the Month for April for his “exceptional leadership skills”. During the presentation of the award, Thursday, 30 May, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson commended Burke for being a “critical and highly valued member” of the ministry’s senior management team.

“He consistently demonstrates excellent teamwork, collaboration and support to not only to his team and the ministry’s senior leaders, but also to other entities via professional and technical advice to ensure the overall success of the civil service,” Manderson said in a government press release.

The deputy governor noted that this level of commitment was outside of Burke’s scope of work as a CFO, but added that going above and beyond the call of duty is one of his characteristics, demonstrated by Burke’s membership on various boards and committees.

Burke is also deputy chairman of the Housing Repairs Committee, which provides funding to families in need of home repairs. Burke allocates the budget appropriately and establishes methodologies to help families get back in their homes or receive repairs in a timely manner, stated the press release.

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(Seated, L-R) Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, Joel Burke and Chief Officer Teresa Echenique with Ministry of Community Affairs staff

Colleagues describe Burke as a natural leader who keeps his team highly organised and effective, ensuring both staff and customers are treated fairly. He can always be relied on to provide his team with credit for an outstanding performance and offers guidance and support to equip staff to meet their true potential, the release said.

Manderson also commended Burke on his willingness to come to work before his official start date as CFO, to ensure that the ministry’s finances were kept in order, and was “instrumental in the ministry gaining an unqualified audit opinion from the auditor general”, stated the release.

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