Courtney Robinson Appointed As New Director Of The Turks & Caicos Islands Red Cross

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands – Mr Courtney Robinson has been appointed as the new Director of the Turks & Caicos Islands Red Cross, taking up his position effective, Tuesday, January 3rd 2012.

Based on Providenciales, Robinson will be responsible for managing TCI Red Cross operations throughout the whole territory, while managing the development, delivery and sustainability of programmes within an overall strategic framework.

What is more, he will plan for and respond to disasters and emergencies, coordinating with government and other actors in accordance with the National Disaster Plan and individual contingency plans; and when the crisis is over, help persons affected to recover and move on with their lives.

Courtney S Robinson

“I am humbled by the opportunity to not only serve my fellow men, but also be responsible for and take the lead in providing humanitarian aid to the most volunerable people in our communities. I am indeed privileged to be working in conjunction with the British Red Cross, a global organization that touches on the lives of millions people throughout the world, making an incredible difference in their lives. This is indeed an honour to serve,” said the TCI Red Cross Director.

“It is my endeavour to be that leader that will form formidible partnerships with stakeholders, decision makers, community groups, volunteers and the general public – thus being that person who will inspire voluntary action to strenghten the Turks and Caicos Islands communities to prepare for and respond in times of crisis, while upholding the ethos of the Turks & Caicos Islands Red Cross,” added Robinson.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Masters of Science degree in Media and Communications Regulation & Policy, Courtney also holds a First Class honours degree in Public Relations from the University of Westminster, London, UK.

Courtney’s experience in disaster management derives from when he served as an executive committee member on the National Disaster Executive Policy Committee (2007 – 2009), The Recovery Task Force (2008 – 2009), CARICOM Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) Committee for the TCI (2009) and the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Informal Settlement Task Force (2009). He has also undertaken training in Risk Mapping and Planning in Coastal Zones, Strengthening the Capacity of the Youth Arm of the National AIDS Program, and Media as Advocates for Children – Responding to Child Abuse in Our Communities.

As Director of the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Information Service (GIS), Robinson has a strong background in communications and public relations. There, he effectively repositioned GIS product – increasing productivity, content and dissemination, and publication of material by 500%.

Courtney has organised projects and events for companies such as The Grace Bay Club, The Somerset Resort and The Gansevoort Resort along with non-profits such as the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association, The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive, TCI Red Cross Red & White Party, The National Kidney Foundation fundraising drive and the 2008 post-hurricane Ike and Hanna children’s Christmas parties. He also provided high visibility public relations and marketing for Le Reve Gala Ball’s Bollywood Dreams and Diamonds are Forever charitable events. This, along with founding and executive-producing the TCI Top Model Contest & Fashion Extravaganza, an event where he developed programmes and providing mentoring to young people interested in the fashion design industry.

The British Red Cross and TCI Red Cross family welcomes Mr Robinson to his new appointment, and we look forward to your continued support as we build capacity to provide for the most volunerable people in our communities.

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