On Monday 5 September 2016, the Ministry of National Security welcomed Ms. Lydia Jacobs as its new Permanent Secretary.
For over three decades, Ms. Jacobs has worked tirelessly to contribute to the development and transformation of the Public Service through sound human resource practice.
Prior to her appointment at the Ministry of National Security, she served as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications from April 2016, preceded by her service at the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs.
She was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in March 2014 and up until her reappointment in September 2015, provided managerial support to the Permanent Secretary in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the core and administrative support functions of the Ministry of Health.
Permanent Secretary Jacobs has honed and developed expertise in Human Resources, having worked as the Director of Human Resources for seven years at the Office of the Parliament, and as a Senior Human Resources Officer for six years at the Ministries of Agriculture and Health.
Her work in HR is coupled with experience in the Accounts Division of the Ministries of Health and National Security, and other roles she played at those Ministries before her several appointments.
Her practical experience is augmented by an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Management from the University of the West Indies as well as a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. She has also received Certification in Strategic Management for Public Service Organisations and other leadership and HR-related training.