Becky Ausenda

Executive Director

Becky Ausenda is the founder of Bermuda Education Network and has served as Executive Director since 2010.

Becky was raised in Hong Kong and is a huge fan of Chinese culture, language and food. Prior to working in education she spent 12 years as a corporate attorney in London, Shanghai and Bermuda.

Her interest in public education began through volunteering at her children’s school and also serving on charity committees in the reinsurance industry. She left her job as an attorney to work full time for BEN and has contributed to various education initiatives including teacher professional development events with faculty from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and assisting the Bermuda Educators Council to develop their teacher professional development policy. Under her leadership, BEN developed their Springboard Programme, Christian Thunhurst scholarship, Kattegat Sailing Programme and Horizons Programme.

In 2017, Becky took a sabbatical to obtain a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Language and Literacy at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and since returning to Bermuda has continued to lead BEN’s fundraising and expansion of its teacher professional development programmes.

Zonique James

Experiential Learning Director

Zonique James joined Bermuda Education Network in 2019 taking on the role of Experiential Learning Director. Born and raised in Bermuda, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakwood University followed by a Masters in Information Technology from Kaplan University. Zonique spent much of her early days teaching at Port Royal Primary school where she also held the positions of Social Studies teacher leader and Science teacher leader. In 2017, she moved to Dalton E Primary school as the Primary 4 teacher, SBG Champion and Science teacher leader. Zonique holds a passion for STEAM learning, experiential learning, inquiry-based activities, differentiation and critical thinking tasks. Zonique is also an active Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. supporting annual community programmes such as The Children’s Reading Festival and Senior Santa Boxes.

Board Members

Alan E Burland MBE, Chairman

President, Bermuda Engineering Co. Ltd, BEAM Ltd and BCM McAlpine Ltd; co-founder Bermuda Sloop Foundation
On the board since 2019

Yulanda Francis, Treasurer

President, Horseshoe Re
On the board since 2017

Colm Singleton, Director

Head of Bermuda Office, Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd
On the board since 2011

Sarah Lusher

Lawyer, Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited
On the board since 2016

Laura Ann Bell, Marketing Committee

Owner, DesignLAB / Partner, Two Four One
On the board since 2019

Shareka Tucker

Risk Analyst, Sompo International
On the board since 2020

Wellness Team

In August of 2019, BEN was thrilled to support our Teacher of the Year Alandra Swan with her Teacher Wellness Retreat initiative. Held at Grotto Bay Resort, teachers came together over two days to enjoy a spectacular workshop hosted by Keynote Speaker Sally Baines of the Virtues Project TM, alongside powerful presentations on prioritizing self-care, mindfulness, healing classrooms, massage, pilates and yoga sessions.

Our wellness team includes:
  • Alandra Swan, retreat director, Teacher Wellness Retreat
  • Kim Rego, Mindful Bermuda
  • Marcia Pringle, Strala Yoga Instructor, FusionWorks with Marcia

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, please email