Thursday 16 March 2017
The Office of the Prime Minister is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Bredina Drollett as the acting Chief of Staff and she will commence her work at the Office later this week. Ms Drollett was the Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Cook Islands Government and has ably lead this Ministry since her appointment in 2009.
In her previous role Ms Drollet was the principal advisor to Government for the delivery of social protection and some economic regulatory functions and had primary responsibility to ensure delivery of relevant Government laws, policies and programmes in these areas.
Her role included social protection responsibilities including administration of the government’s welfare payments system and pursuing policies and programmes that improved the social outcomes of elderly, families, children, youth, persons with disabilities and women.
The role also included economic regulatory responsibilities including administration of employment law, minimum wage review, workers’ compensation, disputes resolution mechanisms, dangerous goods licensing, consumer protection and price control.
We look forward to Ms Drollet’s arrival and her bringing a wealth of experience; especially with her dealings with all sectors of our community. Her expertise in working across ministries, working with our more vulnerable and those in need of government assistance will bring an empathy to her new role as acting Chief of Staff that will compliment her Policy demands, Project implementation as well as her academic strengths and work experience.
To have another very able, very strong and qualified Cook Islands woman to the Office of the Prime Minister is a privilege and to a role that has been forged by departing Chief of Staff Mrs Elizabeth Wright Koteka.
Ms Drollet has worked in the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Finance and Deregulation (2004 to 2009), primarily on budget policy relating to Australian Government’s social programmes, and in the Cook Islands Government’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (2000 to 2004). Ms Drollet holds an Executive Master in Public Administration from the Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.-END