Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has not consented to the appointment of Jeannine Compton as Executive Director of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), it has been disclosed.
“We did write asking for his approval for the appointment of Jeanine Compton as Director and he indicated that he would not approve,” Chair of the SLNT, Allison King explained.
King told reporters that Compton was selected after a rigorous process from a strong slate of candidates.
The SLNT official said Compton meets the requirements for the position.
“We feel quite strongly that she should be allowed to operate within a senior position at the National Trust, so we have decided that we will be taking Miss Compton on in a senior position while we continue to advocate for her appointment to the position of director,” King said.
“We can’t appoint her unless we have his approval. We have asked and we will continue to ask for a rational reason as to why she should not be appointed and we will have to decide how we should structure the organsiation with that constraint going forward and that is something we continue to deliberate on,” she told reporters.
“It’s going to occupy a lot of our time at the next council meeting. We need to be in a position where we have someone always functioning in the position of Director, or able to fulfill those functions in a reasonable way,” King asserted.
She stated that Bishnu Tulsie, who has served in the position since 2005, will continue to be the director until the end of January 2020.
“We have the option of further extending that – subject to his agreement,” she explained.
According to the SLNT, Tulsie wishes to retire.
Jeannine Compton is the daughter of former Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Sir John Compton and is a Marine Biologist by profession.