Mrs. Joan West-Dacres fulfills the duties and responsibilities of the National Drugs Co-ordinator as set out in the National Drug Council Law (2003 revision), as the Director. She assumes responsibility for the day to day administration of the National Drug Council through the Secretariat. She directs the organization to facilitate the implementation of policies and programmes, including those related to National Drug Plans and the realization of tactical goals of the organization. Mrs. West-Dacres prepares, manages and oversees the annual budget, provides performance based management of the Secretariat staff, acts as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, oversees the implementation of research initiatives and development of reports, oversees the development and implementation of approximately 150+ prevention presentations, programmes and initiatives in the schools, community and prisons. She liaises with and establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations. She also provides strategic and policy advice to Chief Officers, Deputy Governor, the Government and Cabinet on relevant matters including: legislative changes, policy development and issues concerning substance use, misuse, abuse that have potential national implications.
Mrs. Brenda Watson has primary responsibility for the development and oversight of the implementation of comprehensive drug prevention initiatives. She works with stakeholders to develop and implement drug prevention initiatives, design and implement specific interventions, education and training programmes aimed at reducing the issues of substance use, misuse and abuse. She coordinates (and delivers) education and training events/programmes and performs various technical tasks related to programmes such as formulating presentations based on statistical survey findings and providing/coordinating server-training programmes (e.g. TIPS). In addition, she writes press releases and provides public education through various media formats as well as participates in public relations campaigns and media presentations. Mrs. Watson also provides oversight/supervision to NDC employees and acts in the absence of the Director.
Ms. Susan Ebanks is essentially responsible for the implementation and facilitation of the Youth to Youth programme throughout the Cayman Islands. She will provide additional support in her role as the Prevention Programme Support Officer through the facilitation of prevention, education, training services to; private and public schools, community groups, parents, private and public agencies, businesses and organisations. Additionally she will assist in the programme development/design and implements specific interventions with partner/stakeholder agencies, develops/assists in developing and implementing public information campaigns on the dangers of alcohol and other drugs across the Cayman Islands.
Mrs. Luisa McLaughlin is responsible for planning, management and analysis of surveys and ad hoc field studies relating to substance abuse; liaising between other national, regional and international agencies involved in research. She implements specific research initiatives of NDC and in some instances initiatives of relevant stakeholders; designs quantitative and qualitative surveys, manages survey administration, conducts/oversees data entry, produce reports and data reviews. She has established and maintains substance abuse indicators intended to keep under review the situation with respect to drug abuse in the Islands. In addition she validates drug use trends expressed in surveys conducted by the NDC by establishing working relationships with relevant researchers, interfacing with field operators and the wider community; collecting and analysing data collected from reliable sources, and documenting results. Mrs. McLaughlin also facilitates the collection and review of data and compilation of reports for the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) on a quarterly and annual basis. In addition, she also provides access to information held within the organisation and assistance with the everyday operations of the NDC secretariat.
Mrs. Leif Edwards-Best provides financial, human resource (HR) and administrative support to the organization, ensuring the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the NDC. She assists in the coordination of the work and activities of staff and Council, monitors and controls the NDC’s resources and liaises with the organization’s stakeholders as necessary. She bears responsibility for the management and maintenance of the records and documents and currently functions as the Deputy Information Manager. Mrs. Edwards-Best provides support to the budgeting and auditing processes and provision of reports within statutory deadlines and in accordance with prescribed accounting policies, International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), the Public Management and Finance Law (2011 Revision), Financial Regulations (2008 Revision), and/or The National Drug Council Law where relevant. As operations Administrator, Mrs. Edwards-Best conducts expenditure and accounts payable functions, processing of purchase orders, approving purchases and preparing payments for goods and services, invoicing, adjusting journals and financial transactions, making deposits and other bookkeeping/accounting transactions for the NDC, while ensuring expenditures are in accordance with budget plans. In addition, Mrs. Edwards-Best manages payroll functions, including the preparing, reviewing and amending of payroll and payroll changes for all employees whilst ensuring that all accounting and financial systems are properly structured and managed, and that internal controls are followed.