CCEAM Executive

Professor Carolyn Shields

Professor Carolyn Shields teaches and conducts research related to transformative leadership as a way of creating schools that are equitable, inclusive, excellent, and socially just. Her 12 books and hundreds of conference presentations, invited keynotes, and refereed publications have brought her international accolades, including being named a fellow of CCEAM in 2004 and an honorary doctorate form Laval University in 2017. She has been active in CCEAM since 1999 and is also active in research organizations in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Professor Paul Miller
Past President

Paul Miller, PhD, is the first Caribbean national to be elected to the office of CCEAM President. An internationally respected academic administrator and researcher, he has a significant track record of published research in educational leadership. His research teacher race discrimination in England is assisting the UK Cabinet Office in policy development, and his research on school leadership development and school improvement is being used by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the development of leadership standards. Paul is Professor of Educational Leadership & Management at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and a member of Council of both the Institute for Educational Administration & Leadership – Jamaica (IEAL-J) and the British Educational Leadership Administration Society (BELMAS).

Associate Professor Ken Brien
Past President

Ken Brien, EdD is Association Professor at the University of New Brunswick and has served as President of CCEAM 2014 -2018 and Vice-President 2012-2014. He is

Past President (2016 – 2018) Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CASEA). He has been a reviewer for several journals, grant applications, university programs, and conference proposals and book review editor for Leadership and Policy in Schools. His most recent publication is the book A decade of research on school principals]. Leadership and Policy.

His key areas of interest are educational law, policy, governance; professional learning communities; roles of principals and vice-principals; parental involvement in education and distance education.

Professor Hauwa Imam
Vice President
Nigeria – East West Africa

Hauwa Imam holds a Ph.D in Educational Administration.

A Professor at the University of Abuja, she has held several leadership positions-Dean of Faculty of Education and Director of the Institute of Education amongst others. In the last two decades, she has served as a resource person/consultant the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria in the area of educational planning, policy and development, All Nigerian Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in the area of effective school administration and leadership etc. She is President and Member Board of Trustees of Nigerian Association for Educational Administration and Planning (NAEAP), member Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE), British Educational Leadership and Administrative Society (BELMAS). She is an author, playwright and poet. Has several published papers in refereed journals and is an international scholar. Has received a number of awards for excellence. Was nominated by CCEAM as Executive representing East and West Africa region.

Professor Nilima Bhagabati, FCCEAM
Executive Member
India – Asia

Prof. Nilima Bhagabati,is from Guwahati, Assam, India having specialization in Education and Adolescent psychology. She served as Professor of Education in Gauhati University -the premier Institute of North-East India .With vast Teaching and Research experience for more than four decades in Higher Education, she is a teacher trainer and Adolescent students counsellor.Her Professional commitment, leadership quality, organizational leadership and management for more than fifteen years as International Secretary General of Council for Teacher Education Foundation,- a professional organization of teachers from Lower Primary to Higher Education including Teacher Education, established in 1985. She was nominated as secretary general of ACEAM in 2004 and is associated with CCEAM in the capacity as CCEAM Board Member from India. Her long and sterling contribution and association with CCEAM has given her the Fellowship award -FCCEAM in 2006. She was also nominated as Executive member of CCEAM- Asia 2018.

Dr Deb Outhwaite

Executive Member

Malta – Europe.    

Deb Outhwaite has worked in education for 30 years: an 11-18 teacher for 12 years; training teachers; then spending a decade in HE teaching undergrad and postgrad at both Derby and Warwick. She was an Examiner for Edexcel’s A Level Government & Politics in the 2000s, published a set of workbooks in 2003, and journal articles for A Level until 2008, she has been publishing papers and book chapters since then and has just completed a co-edited textbook for Routledge on Education Leadership and Management.

She is the Director of Developing Teachers Schools, and Academies (DTSA), and a Director of Studies in the Centre of Higher Education Studies (CHES), at the University of Liverpool, and is a Member of a School Trust in Hertfordshire. Deb has previously held additional roles as the External Examiner for the MAEd at the University of Worcester; Parent Governor; and Vice-Chair of a Derbyshire Schools Trust. She is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, Fellow of the RSA, Fellow of CollectiveEd, and Fellow of the IESE. She sits on the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Teaching Profession and is the incoming External Examiner for the EdD Programme at the University of Staffordshire.

Mrs. Shernette Powell
Executive Member

Caribbean and Americas


Shernette is currently the President and Director of Strategy, Opportunity, and Media at IEAL-J. She is also the principal at Point Hill Leased Primary and Junior High School in St Catherine, Jamaica. She is the former Vice-President and Director of Research, Policy and Capacity Building for the IEAL-J. She is currently the President for the St Catherine Women’s Federation (Jamaica Baptist Union) and enjoys mentoring and coaching people to build their mind-set. Shernette represents the Caribbean and Americas for the (CCEAM). Her research interests include educational leadership, social justice, and professional development. She has two publications in international peer reviewed journals.


Pacific – Vacant. 



Southern Africa, Vacant. 


Associate Professor 

Patricia Briscoe
Business Manager (honorarium)

Patricia recently joined CCEAM as the Business Manager (honorarium). 

Patricia is an Associate Professor in the Master of Educational Leadership Programs (MSED) at Niagara University Toronto, Canada. Patricia is also in her second term as Secretary and Treasurer for The Canadian Society of for the Study Education/Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation (CSSE-SCÉÉ)

Her academic work in higher education involves teaching in the teacher education program and graduate level in the field of educational leadership. Her research targets leader and teacher development by building capacity in structural and conceptual change. Patricia provides a unique perspective with her International work in various fields of education. Her research agenda focuses on studying and building leadership in areas of poverty and among marginalized people, supporting, connecting and mentoring of educational professionals and promoting knowledge mobilization: moving knowing-to-doing.

As the Business Manager (honorarium) of CCEAM, her roles include: communication with members and affiliates, managing membership services, manage and report to the executive on a regular basis about the activities of CCEAM, banking and financial management, working collaboratively with CCEAM’s website manager, journal management and conference team.

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