News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – As the Government continues its goal of developing the next leaders in the public sector, the Head of the Public Service, Dr Derrick Binns recently recognized 16 officers who are currently participating in and two officers who have completed the Bermuda Government’s Leadership Development Programme.

Graduates of the programme are Pandora Glasford, Director of Financial Assistance and Gladwina O’Mara, Assistant Official Receiver, Registrar of Companies.

Introduced in 2020, the aim of the programme is to ensure there is a cadre of suitably trained Bermudians available within the service to contend for senior executive public servant posts as and when they become available. The training programme consisted of three learning paths:

1.     The Main programme for those demonstrating the ability to complete the training within 12–18 months

2.     The Extended programme for those demonstrating the ability to complete the training in 2 years or more

3.     The Management programme for mastering management fundamentals

Participants were involved in a variety of development activities beyond course work, including acting opportunities, reassignments, exposure to projects and work shadowing to ensure theories learned are applied.

During the graduation ceremony, Dr Binns addressed the participants saying, “Congratulations on successfully completing a long, arduous, but rewarding journey. This Programme was created to identify Public Officers who have the potential to be our future executive leaders and to provide them with the training and experiences to prepare them to serve successfully. Each of you have demonstrated that you are now ready for the next level of leadership.  Thank you all for your participation in the programme and most of all for your willingness to be considered for greater responsibilities within the public service.”

And the Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain added, “It’s a pleasure to celebrate the graduates of the Leadership Development Programme. Strong leadership within the public service benefits our entire country. To ensure that effective leadership is cultivated, we must continue to invest in the development of our public officers. This programme is an example of Government’s commitment to providing them with the training and support needed so that they can become future leaders in the service. I want to commend all the graduates for the outstanding job that they do each day for the people of Bermuda, and once again congratulate them on this milestone achievement in their careers.”

The additional participants listed below will continue with the programme, progressing to the next level learning path.  The next cohort begins their training in November.

Aidan StonesAssistant Building Control OfficerPlanning
Alison DanielsTesting Super PsychologistEducation
Andrew SimpsonStatisticianStatistics
Anthony FrancisManager – Financial SystemsAccountant General
Aran McKittrickResearch & Development OfficerEnergy
Deanna EdwardsQuantity SurveyorProject Management & Procurement
Erinn (Griffin) HaywardClinical CoordinatorNational Drug Control
Gabrielle CannLabour Relations ManagerMinistry of Economy and Labour
James HowardSuperintendentBermuda Police Service
Joelene LindsayAssistant Tax CommissionerOffice Of The Tax Commissioner
Kimberley BeanSr. Recreational Dev. OfficerYouth, Sport And Recreation
Maryem BiadillahSenior AnalystDept. of Economic Development
Nadine KirkosSenior Government AnalystHealth Department
Sudell JosephSenior Estates SurveyorPublic Lands & Buildings
Takiyah SimpsonCrown CounselDept. of Public Prosecutions
Tarita CartwrightMinistry ComptrollerMinistry Of National Security

Feature Photos Include: Education Minister Diallo Rabain, HoPS Dr Derrick Binns, programme graduate Pandora Glasford, and programme participants Aidan Stones, Alison Daniels, Andrew Simpson, Aran McKittrick, Deanna Edwards, Erinn (Griffin) Hayward, Gabrielle Cann, James Howard, Joelene Lindsay, Kimberley Bean, Maryem Biadillah, Nadine Kirkos, Takiyah Simpson and Tarita Cartwright