Kerisha Stevens, Head of News, will assume responsibility for the St Helena Government’s Press Office from today, Tuesday 6 December 2016. Kerisha will take over from Ian Jones, who completes his contract this month.
“We have come a long way over the past few years in professionalising the way SHG communicates, and the most rewarding part of my job has been to build and mentor a local team to take this forward.
“Under the succession plan, day-to-day control has been formally handed over to Head of News Kerisha Stevens, who will lead government communications across all platforms, ably supported by Roxanne Green and another local press officer, ensuring that SHG maintains strong relationships with our audience.
“Local leadership was the plan from the outset, and enormous credit goes to Kerisha who – always ready to develop her professional skills – has grown into this important role. Apart from having a keen news sense, political awareness and, the ability to deal with conflict, Kerisha is also demonstrating resilience and authority.”
“Over the last six years in SHG communications, I have tailored the development of my qualifications and skills with the view to one day being able to lead the SHG Press Office. Now that this time has come, I feel both proud and excited to take on this important role, and I look forward to the challenges that no doubt lie ahead.
“Working with team members, I hope that we can continue to proactively report on all of SHG’s activities, maintain and build further relationships with our different audiences, and continue to raise St Helena’s profile internationally.”
The Press Office is responsible for all of SHG’s external communications, including delivering news, answering media enquiries, managing SHG’s social media presence, drafting & designing various materials for publication, managing the SHG and Air Access websites, plus filming and branding work. The team supports and advises the Governor, Chief Secretary, officials and Councillors on all communications and media matters – developing and implementing individual communications strategies and using a variety of channels and activities to share information.
“We do have a current vacancy in our team which we are actively looking to fill.
“This is a great opportunity to be at the centre of Government. If you are passionate about news and about using new technologies to get messages across, you could be the person we are looking for.
“Enthusiasm and capability will be more important than paper qualifications, so if you’re interested, please contact me for a chat on tel. 22470 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
6 December 2016