Former head of the Civil Service Avril Gollop has died.
Gollop, who was also this island’s first female Cabinet Secretary between 1996 and 2012, was renowned for her professionalism and dedication to country.
She started her career in the public service in the Ministry of Health, where she remained for 13 years. During this period she worked as the secretary to the committee to establish the Division of Health Sciences at the Barbados Community College.
Her experience in the service has been varied with postings in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Tourism, International Transport Division and the Ministry of the Civil Service. She was appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism in 1994 and then Head of the Civil Service in 2000 before retiring 12 years later.