Chief Officer, Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture
Jennifer Ahearn was appointed Permanent Secretary/Chief Officer of the Ministry of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture in 2009. Her public-service career began in the Planning Department in 1997 as a long-range planner, followed in 2003 as Assistant Director (Operations and Administration) of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit. Three years later, Ms Ahearn was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture, and Housing.
Ms Ahearn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has a bachelor of science in zoology, a masters of science in environmental planning and a masters of science in public policy and management. She is also a professionally qualified fitness instructor.
Her unique range of qualifications make Jennifer well-suited to manage the demands of a Ministry that has the responsibility for a healthy environment, an active population, and the nation’s health as critical components of a sustainable future for the Cayman Islands.