Mrs. Sheila N. Brathwaite was born on the capital island of the British Virgin Islands. She is the first of seven children. Sheila holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics, and a Certificate in Public Administration both from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Business Administration and a Certificate in Global Leadership, both from the University of the Virgin Islands, an Executive Diploma in Strategic Management from the UK Chartered Management Institute, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Essex Online.
Sheila worked in Jamaica, West Indies in the private and public sectors at Bank of Nova Scotia and The Income Tax Department respectively for a combined period of nine (9) years. Sheila then held several positions in the BVI Government: Tax Inspector for one year and Deputy Commissioner of Inland Revenue for four (4) years, Senior Administrative Officer for six (6) years, Assistant Permanent Secretary for five (5) years and Permanent Secretary for twelve (12) years in the Ministries of Health and Social Development, Deputy Governor’s Office, Natural Resources and Labour, and Education and Culture, until retirement in January 2010. In June 2015 Sheila was recalled and appointed to the post of Complaints Commissioner of the Virgin Islands.
During her tenure as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Sheila lectured in Public Administration, specifically “Management Principles (Theories and Practices)” at the University of the West Indies’ Distance Learning Caribbean programme for senior public servants and other interested persons. One of the cohorts was a group of senior police officers.
After being a planner and facilitator for the Manitoba Institute of Management Pilot Project conducted in the BVI for middle managers between 1989 and 1990, Sheila was invited by the Institute to assist with their middle managers course for Civil Servants in Antigua in 1991, where she was a planner and facilitator of the week long courses and also presented on “Controlling and Evaluating”.
During her retirement she worked as the Business/Office Manager along with being a teacher of Business Studies and Home Economics at the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School. She was also Chairman of the Board of the BVI National Parks Trust.
Sheila is a former Lieutenant in the BVI company of the Girl Guides, loves to crochet and sew in her spare time, is a former Netball player in the Goal Shoot and Goal Attack positions as well as a former Lawn Tennis player, and still exercises three (3) or four (4) times a week. Sheila is a member of the Carrot Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church and is the author of two religious books, “A Timely Journey of Faith” and “Voices of Women, ‘Lessons from women for women and men’” (a devotional). Two more books, one on Sheila’s public service career is planned and the other on her family’s history has been started. Sheila is married and is the mother of three daughters (one deceased) and a son-in-law.
Sheila is passionate about a zest for life, learning, and growing others.