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Robert Tatum promoted to Deputy Director of Central Procurement Office

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Robert Tatum, Deputy Director of the Central Procurement Office (centre), Christina Smith, Procurement Manager (left), and Taraq Bashir, CPO Director (right) with host Anita Khan during a recent appearance on Radio Cayman’s Business Buzz show.

Robert Tatum has been promoted to the position of Deputy Director of the Central Procurement Office (CPO). Mr. Tatum’s appointment took effect on 22 January 2024.

Mr. Tatum joined the Central Procurement Office as a Procurement Manager on 6 May 2019, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management from the University of Liverpool in July 2019.

He later pursued further certifications to enhance his expertise, and earned the MCIPS certification through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in August 2021. This certification serves as a testament to his dedication and proficiency in the field of procurement.

Recognising the importance of holistic leadership and management skills, Mr. Tatum expanded his capabilities beyond procurement. In January 2021, he completed the ILM - Level 5 Leadership and Management Certificate, equipping himself with the necessary skills to effectively manage and lead teams.

Director of the Central Procurement Office Taraq Bashir said, “It’s been a pleasure for me watching Robert grow and develop with the Central Procurement Office.  He is a real asset to the team and I am delighted that he will continue with his contribution to the Cayman Islands community in a more senior capacity.”

Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson said, “Robert is a valued member of the Ministry of Finance team. His commitment to continuous learning and professional growth is to be commended, and I am pleased to see that his dedication has been recognised with this well-deserved promotion. His accomplishments highlight the success that can be achieved through dedication and a thirst for knowledge.  The entire Ministry team and I are wishing him continued success in his new role as Deputy Director of the Central Procurement Office.”

Mr. Tatum said, “I am grateful for the congratulations and support of my colleagues, and appreciate the recognition of my academic and professional achievements. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow while I work with the CPO team, and look forward to providing on-going service to both my fellow civil servants and the Cayman Islands community in this new role.”


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