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Joseph Smith-Abbott out of NPT; takes up new Ministry Post!

-The Deputy Director of the National Parks Trust Ms. Lynda Varlack named new Acting Director of the Trust
Word just reaching our newsroom is that after over 15 years at the helm of the National Parks Trust (NPT) Mr. Joseph Smith-Abbott has given up the post. Photo: VINO/File
In the interim Smith-Abbott’s Deputy at the Trust Ms. Lynda Varlack has been named the Acting Director of the NPT. Photo: VINO/File
In the interim Smith-Abbott’s Deputy at the Trust Ms. Lynda Varlack has been named the Acting Director of the NPT. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Word just reaching our newsroom is that after over 15 years at the helm of the National Parks Trust (NPT) Mr. Joseph Smith-Abbott has given up the post.

Mr. Smith-Abbott last week was named the new Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour.

The move is unclear as questions are being asked whether it is a lateral move or a promotion. He will now report to the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Ronald Smith-Berkeley and will act as Permanent Secretary in the absence of Mr. Berkeley.

It remains unclear why the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour's Assistant Secretary Mrs. Jennifer Hodge-Penn who has acting in the post as Deputy was not promoted to the post.

In the interim Smith-Abbott’s Deputy at the Trust Ms. Lynda Varlack has been named the Acting Director of the NPT.

When Virgin Islands News Online today May 6, 2014 called the Chairwoman of the Board of the NPT Ms Sheila N. Brathwaite on the matter, she said, “[Mr Smith-Abbott] is reassigned to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and Ms Varlack has assumed the responsibilities. No official correspondence has been given to her as yet but she has assumed the responsibilities of the Director of the Parks Trust [with effect] from Monday May 5, 2014.”

This news site made attempts to reach Mr Smith-Berkeley for a comment but these attempts were unsuccessful up to post time.

This news site will bring more details as they become available.

13 Responses to “Joseph Smith-Abbott out of NPT; takes up new Ministry Post!”

  • 1 (06/05/2014, 13:37) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    VINO you always on top of things
  • ccc (06/05/2014, 14:21) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Another one bites the duss
  • apple pie (06/05/2014, 16:33) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    time dem get red of he
  • staff (06/05/2014, 17:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yeap I was introduced to him today
  • pete (06/05/2014, 17:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This department is extremely important to the health and integrity of the BVI environment. It is unfortunate that NPT has to find ways to fund itself by finding commercial venues, some even conflicting with their own job of protecting the environment.

    They have tried to identify places to protect but by the time they did the surveys, those places identified earlier were developed. Preservation surveys can't be done all at once because it takes too long.
    I suggest district by district to at least try to protect the environment, coast line and historic structures. They also need to work with Conservation and Fisheries more.
  • dog (06/05/2014, 18:18) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    He is not pusher but a good kid
  • civil servant (06/05/2014, 21:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look how they walk over Jenifer
  • Yah! (06/05/2014, 21:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only nGod knows what they up to now.
  • real dog (06/05/2014, 22:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    going to find your own identity any time soon? inquiring minds want to know.
  • Past NPT worker (07/05/2014, 12:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Linda you have been with that institution for such a long time, and remained quiet and humble congrat and your appt.
  • Raw digger (07/05/2014, 13:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gril Jen today for me tomorrow for u God don't like ugly..... Stay humble always
  • A Fahie (08/05/2014, 19:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow!


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