Statement from the UCC Group – Untimely Passing of Dr Rickert Allen

(KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sunday, 12 April, 2020) - The UCC community is just beginning to come to terms with the very sad and sudden news concerning the passing of Dr. Rickert Allen on Good Friday, at his home in Mandeville. We cannot believe that he is really gone, and wish to tender our deepest condolences to his family.

Dr. Allen was deeply committed to his University of the Commonwealth Caribbean role, as first a Board member, from late 2017 to May 2019, then as Board Chairman, in helping the University to move forward, always seeking to bring his best competences to bear on the applied meaning of the term “effective governance,” in this context.

He was wont to comment, now and then, that “we are living in volatile, uncertain, confusing and ambiguous times,” and that it was essential for an organization seeking to position itself for success to be very agile & take a long, strategic view of the business environment, rising above the pressures and clamor of the moment.

As Senior General Manager for Group Human Resources at NCB, he was passionate about the need to combine a clear-eyed view of institutional objectives and goals, with the imperative of motivating the continuing commitment of any institution’s human resources, in the interests of truly excellent service to all target market segments. May he rest in peace.