Minister Nicholson Announces New Ambassador to China

Photo: Contributed Mrs. Fay Pickersgill, CD, has been appointed Ambassador of Jamaica to the People’s Republic of China.

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  • Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, announces the appointment of Mrs. Fay Pickersgill, CD, as Ambassador of Jamaica to the People’s Republic of China.
  • Mrs. Pickersgill will bring a wealth of experience to the position of Jamaica’s Head of Mission in China.
  • Mrs. Pickersgill will succeed H.E. Ralph Thomas, who was reassigned earlier this year as Jamaica’s Head of Mission in Washington, DC.

Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, announces the appointment of Mrs. Fay Pickersgill, CD, as Ambassador of Jamaica to the People’s Republic of China.

“I believe that Mrs. Pickersgill is uniquely qualified to serve as Jamaica’s top diplomat in Beijing. In her lifetime of service, she has proven to be a strong administrator, an experienced negotiator and a tremendous team player, with highly effective communication and inter-personal skills. I am confident that her particular brand of results-oriented and effective leadership will redound to the benefit of the strategic Jamaica-China relationship,” says Minister Nicholson.

Mrs. Pickersgill will bring a wealth of experience to the position of Jamaica’s Head of Mission in China. She is currently a Council Member of both the International University of the Caribbean and the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies, Mona and has been the President of the Jamaica-China Friendship Association since 2008. She has been Jamaica’s  longest serving Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board (1994-2003) and served also as the founding Executive Director of the Tourism Action Plan Ltd. (1988-1993), which later became the Tourism Product Development Company. Mrs. Pickersgill has also excelled in other areas, serving as Consultant Project Manager for both the Port Authority of Jamaica and Harmonisation Ltd, and authoring the book “Jamaica’s Fascinating Falmouth”.

Mrs. Pickersgill holds a B.Sc. in Economics and a M.Sc. in Accounting from the University of the West Indies (UWI).  She was conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 2001, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the tourism sector.

Mrs. Pickersgill will succeed H.E. Ralph Thomas, who was reassigned earlier this year as Jamaica’s Head of Mission in Washington, DC. She is expected to assume duties in the coming weeks.

 

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