Grace Ann C. Stewart McFarlane is a vastly experienced public sector executive who now leads the Ministry of Justice in her role as Permanent Secretary.
“PS McFarlane” as she is fondly called by her staff at the Ministry has worked as a Senior Director of Children’s Affairs in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. During her tenure, she provided technical support in policy development, legislative frameworks and programme development. She also acted as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Culture.
In her role as Regional Director at the Child Development Agency, she provided oversight and guidance for all programme areas, coordinated regional budgets and made recommendations for improved business processes. She was also given the responsibility to establish the Office of the Children’s Registry.
Her early public sector years included contributions to the National Housing Trust in the areas of Management and Customer Service. She also contributed to the Social Development Commission where she helped to deliver the vison of the National Youth Service. Her tenure at the Children Services Division involved the supervision of vulnerable children and counselling sessions with their families.
Mrs Stewart McFarlane has contributed to regional development and has worked as a Consultant for Care and Regulatory Services at the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a trained teacher and has been involved with the local and international marketing of educational textbooks.
She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and Psychology from the University of the West Indies. She also holds a post graduate diploma in Public Sector Senior Management Development Programme from the Management Institute for National Development where she has pursued courses in the Public Sector Senior Leadership Development Programme.