Mary Rodrigues

Mrs Rodrigues has worked within the civil service for over 23 years.  She worked within the Cayman Islands education system for twenty 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 who established an 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 HR 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.

Samantha Nehra

Samantha Nehra is the Vice President of People and Development at DMS Organisation and has over 17 years experience in the field of Human Capital Development. Samantha's experience spans both consulting for private and public sector organisations  as well as acting as internal change agent. other key accomplishment are building a learning organisation, delivering leaders, improving performance and leading talent development initiatives. Prior to this, Samantha spent 10 years working for a leading food retailer in the UK, specialising in employment law, recruitment and leadership development.

Samantha holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Gloucestershire (UK), along with certificates in facilitation, master level training, leadership coaching and is a graduate member of the CIPD. Samantha is also currently the President of the Cayman Islands Society of HR professionals and studying to attain the GPHR certification.