Wykeham McNeill

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The Honourable
Dr. Kenneth Wykeham McNeill
MD MP CD
Minister Wykeham McNeill.jpg
Opposition Spokesman on Tourism
Assumed office
18 March 2016
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Patrick Allen
Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Preceded by Edmund Bartlett
In office
11 September 2007 – 6 January 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Kenneth Hall
Patrick Allen
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
Andrew Holness
Preceded by Edmund Bartlett
Succeeded by Edmund Bartlett
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment
In office
6 January 2012 – 3 March 2016
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Patrick Allen
Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller
Preceded by Edmund Bartlett
Succeeded by Edmund Bartlett
Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry and Tourism
In office
5 January 2000 – 11 September 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Kenneth Hall
Prime Minister P. J. Patterson
Portia Simpson-Miller
Member of Parliament for Westmoreland West
Assumed office
16 December 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Kenneth Hall
Patrick Allen
Prime Minister P. J. Patterson
Portia Simpson-Miller
Bruce Golding
Andrew Holness
Portia Simpson-Miller
Andrew Holness
Preceded by Trevor Ruddock
Personal details
Born (1957-10-10) 10 October 1957 (age 59)
Kingston, Jamaica
Nationality  Jamaica
Political party People's National Party
Spouse(s) Sheila Benjamin McNeill
Alma mater University of Havana, Cuba

Kenneth Wykeham McNeill, MD, MP, CD (born October 1957 in Kingston, St. Andrew Parish) is a Jamaican politician, serving as the Member of Parliament for Westmoreland West, Jamaica.[1][2] and a former government minister.[3] He was the Minister of Tourism of Jamaica from 2012-2016. He was elected the first vice chair of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization representing Jamaica in 2012[4][5] and elected chairman of the Executive council for the 2014-2015 period.[6][7][8] McNeill was elected a Vice President of The People's National Party at the Party's annual conference in September 2016.[9][10][11]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1957 in the parish of Kingston, Jamaica, McNeill is the youngest son born to former Minister of Health Kenneth McNeill and his wife Valerie.[12]

McNeill is a physician by profession having graduated from Medical school at The University of Havana, Cuba in 1983. He has served in various hospitals in Jamaica including St. Anns Bay, Spanish Town, Kingston Public Hospitals and the University of the West Indies. He later went on to private practice at the Eureka Medical Center.[13]

An avid lover of sports, McNeill served as a member of the Boxing Board of Control from 1994–1997 and chaired the Amateur Development and the Medical Committees of the board. He is also the founding Chairman of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), which he headed from 1995-2000. He is also a co-founder of the Clinic of Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. He has worked with a number of national teams including the Reggae Boyz and in 1996, traveled as a member of the medical team to the Olympic Games in Athens.

Political career[edit]

Minister of Tourism Wykeham McNeill engages in conversation with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and President of Air Transat Allen Graham

His constituency is the Western Westmoreland Parish. He was first elected in 1997 and then re-elected in 2002, being the first Member of Parliament in the history of this constituency to do so.[14]

In 2000 he was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and was reappointed again in 2002 with responsibility to directly oversee tourism operations, including cruise shipping and tourism development. In 2007 when Portia Simpson-Miller was appointed Prime Minister, McNeill was again appointed the Minister of State and continued in the post until the party faced by the Jamaica Labour Party in 2007.[15][16] He was then appointed the Spokesman of the Tourism Sector in Jamaica being part of the shadow Cabinet while in opposition. McNeill is also the former Chairman of The Public Administration and Appropriations Committee[17] He was former chairman of region 6 for the People's National Party but later resigned from the post in his bid to seek Vice Presidency of the party.[18] He has held the constituency of Western Westmoreland, Jamaica since his first bid for Parliament. In the 2012 Local government election the parish of Westmoreland won all 14 parish councils for the People's National Party. McNeill's constituency won all 5 divisions.[19]

Elections[edit]

The 2011 general election was called by former Prime Minister Andrew Holness on 29 December 2011. McNeill won his seat of Western Westmoreland in what was considered to be a landslide victory for himself while his party, the People's National Party also garnered a landslide victory winning 42 of the 63 Parliamentary seats. On 6 January 2012 he was appointed the Minister of Tourism in the new People's National Party 2012 Government.[20][21] As McNeill assumes the position as Minister of Tourism and Entertainment in Jamaica the island is experiencing growth in the sector. He has begun discussions with senior officials in the Ministry of Tourism and several of its key agencies to prepare for future initiatives under the new government. According to McNeill, the merging of tourism and entertainment will be beneficial for both divisions. He also says he is very committed to promoting tourists to spend more while they visit Jamaica to help develop to sector and the country on a whole.[22]

On February 25th 2016 the general elections were once again called with the ruling People's National Party expected to retain state power, however, the Jamaica Labour Party won the elections with a one-seat majority.[23]

Family life[edit]

McNeill is married to Sheila Benjamin McNeill and has two children, his son Jordan McNeill and stepdaughter Ashleigh Fernandez.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/latest/article.php?id=34380
  2. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/latest/article.php?id=34373
  3. ^ http://jis.gov.jm/ministers/kenneth-wykeham-mcneill
  4. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/latest/article.php?id=41080
  5. ^ http://www.jis.gov.jm/component/content/article/113-tourism/32272-jamaica-elected-first-vice-chair-of-the-unwto-executive-council?tmpl=component&page=
  6. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ja-chairs-100th-session-of-UNWTO_19034568
  7. ^ http://www2.unwto.org/en/node/16/
  8. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-to-chair-UNWTO-Executive-Council-for-2014-2015_14989404
  9. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160917/pnpelections-portia-reigns-president-lisa-hanna-loses-vp-bid
  10. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-One-leader--_74411
  11. ^ http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/pnp-conference-lisa-hanna-fails-win-vp-position
  12. ^ Wykeham McNeill Candidate
  13. ^ Profile on Dr. McNeill
  14. ^ Article on Dr. McNeill
  15. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070903/flair/flair7.html
  16. ^ http://www.jis.gov.jm/special_sections/election_2007/JLPWins.html
  17. ^ The Public Administration and Appropriations Committee
  18. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/112488_Wykeham-McNeil-is-new-Region-6-chairman
  19. ^ http://go-jamaica.com/news/read_article.php?id=36168
  20. ^ http://go-jamaica.com/news/read_article.php?id=34243
  21. ^ http://jamaica-gleaner.com/latest/article.php?id=34380
  22. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Visitors-must-be-encouraged-to-spend-more---Mcneill
  23. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-Labour-Party-wins-2016-election
  24. ^ Wedding of Dr. McNeill

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