Minister of Foreign Affairs
Senator, the Honourable Maxine McClean was invited to join the Cabinet of Prime Minister, the
Honourable Mr. David Thompson, as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office in January 2008. On
November 24, Senator McClean was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Trade.
Senator McClean is a former Lecturer in the Department of Management Studies, University of the
West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where she taught for seventeen and half years. She is a graduate of
University of the West Indies – Cave Hill Campus, where she received Upper Second Class Honours
in Public Administration in 1978.
In 1979, she was awarded an OAS Fellowship to do graduate work at Ohio University, where she
received the MBA in 1981 and the MA in International Affairs in 1982. She also received a
Fulbright Fellowship to Louisiana State University in 1986.
During her academic career, she taught several management courses at UWI within the Department
of Management Studies, in the Executive MBA and Executive Development Programmes of the
Centre for Management Development, Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity,
(BIMAP) and Louisiana State University. These courses included Managerial Communications,
Marketing, Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, Principles of Management, Strategic
Management and Entrepreneurship.
In 1999, Senator, Maxine McClean established her own consulting firm, Strategic Interventions Inc.
As a Management Consultant, she has conducted in-house training for management and other
employees of Goddards Enterprises Ltd., the Barbados National Bank, the Caribbean Development
Bank and National Petroleum Corporation, and several small enterprises. She has been involved in
the training and mentorship programmes of the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme of the Ministry of
Education, Youth Affairs and Culture, Barbados, and the Mentorship programme of the Youth
Senator McClean is a Past President, Vice President, and former member of the Board and the
Supervisory Committee of the City of Bridgetown Cooperative Credit Union Ltd. She was
Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Bridgetown Cruise Terminals Inc., a Director of
Goddards Enterprises Ltd., RBTT Bank Barbados Ltd., the Barbados Stock Exchange Inc and Days
Books. A former member of the St. Stephen’s Church Council, Senator McClean was the first
female Trustee of the Anglican Church in Barbados. She was also Chairperson of the Need Trust
Fund of the Pinelands Creative Workshop. As an active entrepreneur, she was involved in the startup
and management of several small businesses and frequently assists a range of small entrepreneurs
on a voluntary basis.
She is currently President of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus UWI Alumni
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