Joni Kirkconnell is the current Manager for Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) at Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC) and has been with the company for 8 years. Prior to joining CUC she worked with the Cayman Islands Government Department of Environment (DoE) for over ten years in the Sustainable Development Unit as well as the Marine Turtle Programme. Joni obtained her bachelor degrees in Marine Biology and Ecology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Resource Management from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a certified lead internal auditor for the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard as well as for OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard. She is also a certified Master Trainer under the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). In her time at CUC her department has spearheaded numerous programmes and policies to ensure the protection of both people and the environment. These included the establishment of a health and safety management system, providing training to first responders, launching the MoveSafe programme to reduce musculoskeletal injuries, hosting the annual Contractor Safety Workshop, instituting the employee recognition programme the Orange Ribbon Safety Award, and ensuring that CUC remained certified and registered to the ISO 14001 standard for their environmental management system. One of her proudest achievements was when CUC went two years without an employee loosing time due to work related injuries – the previous record had been only months prior to her joining the company. Joni also contributes to numerous CUC related community involvement projects including Junior Achievement, working with children at the Lighthouse School and George Town Primary School, as well as environmental improvement projects. Joni is married with two children.
Effective 1 September 2017 Joni has been appointed as a member for a period of three years. Mrs. Kirkconnell was re-appointed effective 1 September 2020 for a further two year term.