Patricia Bell & Mary Rodrigues

Patricia Bell
Chief Human Resource Manager
Water Authority

Ms Bell joined the Water Authority in March 2005 as chief human resources manager. She began her career in the field of social work with the then Social Services Department and later the Education Department. She then made the transition into the human resources field, first in training and development with the Government Personnel Department and later into management with the Health Services Authority and Ansbacher (Cayman) Ltd. 

She has a Master of Education degree in Adult Education from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of South Florida. Pat is a member and past director of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals and served on the Education Council for three years. She has supported and/or participated in various community projects and activities over the years and serves on the Chamber of Commerce Council.

Mary Rodrigues
Chief Officer
Ministry of Education, Training & Employment

Mrs. Rodrigues has worked within the Cayman Islands Civil Service for over 23 years. She worked within the local education system for 20 years, beginning as a high school teacher and progressing to a variety of posts, including head of English at both John Gray and George Hicks high schools, over a 10 year period. She then became part of a team of three that established a school inspection system for the Cayman Islands and progressed from the position of senior inspector to chief inspector of schools. She subsequently was promoted to the post of deputy chief officer in the Education Ministry. 

In 2006, Mrs. Rodrigues transferred to a new area within the civil service as chief officer designate then chief officer within the Portfolio of the Civil Service. One of her key projects during this period, which brought together her education and new strategic human resource management roles, was the establishment of a Civil Service college.

In May 2009, Mrs. Rodrigues returned to education as the chief officer in the Ministry responsible for Education, Training and Employment.

Mrs. Rodrigues’ formal qualifications include: an M Ed in International Management and Policy in Education from University of Birmingham; a BA in English Literature from Brock University; and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Leeds University. Most recently she has become an alumnus of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto where she has completed studies in Change Management and Advanced Human Resources Management.