Sandra leading BSP’s second largest business in Solomons


SANDRA Fore has been appointed country manager for BSP Solomon Islands.
The BSP Financial Group Limited (BSP) in a statement said the company continued to build its greatest asset, its people, through mentoring and building professionals to lead the bank’s operations in Pacific.
Fore started last month and was into her second week when BSP Ranadi was burnt down during the riots and civil disturbances in Honiara.
With the confidence and support of the BSP management and executive, she was able to provide leadership to her staff in Solomon Islands and ensure the bank’s operations were maintained.
“You go into any new role with confidence to get the job done – but it is important to remain humble and just be nice,” Fore said.
“It was big challenge, ensuring business continuity with minimal impact on operations including cash, and preserving staff and customers’ safety.
“As we know, at BSP, we work with, and for, each other, and we progress together.
“BSP has a great team of people who really work hard at their jobs to get things done, and so, we were able to maintain operations despite the tension.”
BSP group chief executive officer Robin Fleming said: “The bank’s confidence in appointing Sandra to the position as the first Papua New Guinean to head one of BSP’s offshore branches is a milestone.
“And events of the first month have proven Sandra’s capability to take on country management of BSP’s second largest business behind PNG and Fiji.
“Sandra showed true leadership and confidence and was able to remain calm and lead her team without failure.
“Sandra’s appointment also reflects BSP’s ongoing commitment in enhancing and increasing staff developments and career path in the bank. She will have a responsibility for managing BSP’s business in Solomon Islands.”
Fore began her career under the BSP’s leadership development programme which was aimed at developing and growing senior leaders. Under the programme, she was also one of the staff members nominated to be part of the team to undertake leadership and management training in South Africa.
She holds a master’s in business administration degree from Torrens University, Australia and a bachelor of science degree from Massey University, New Zealand.