The Permanent Secretary

Mrs. Sancia Bennett Templer CD, JP


Sancia Bennett Templer CD, JP

Mrs. Sancia Bennett Templer currently serves as the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.

She has over 30 years’ experience in executive management in the public and private sectors in Jamaica working with Government Corporations, Ministries and major companies.

Mrs. Templer joins OPM from the Ministry of Health, where she was Permanent Secretary. Prior to that Mrs. Bennett Templer was the President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation, (JAMPRO) and was the CEO of the Partnership for Transformation’s Programme Management Office. She also served as Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister and was for several years Senior Vice President of the Airports Authority of Jamaica.

Additionally, Mrs. Bennett Templer served on the Board of Directors of several major organizations including the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), and Air Jamaica Ltd. At the regional level, she was President and Vice President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies.

A graduate of the University of the West Indies and Plymouth Polytechnic in England, Mrs. Bennett Templer holds an Executive Master’s in Business Administration, a Master of Science in International Shipping and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies.

Mrs. Bennett Templer takes over from Mrs. Audrey Sewell who will concentrate on her substantive role as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.