Quinell L Francis was educated at East End Primary, the Berkeley Institute, the Bermuda College, Mt St. Vincent University, and Ryerson Polytechnic University. She graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University in May 1995 with a Bachelor of Technology in Surveying Engineering. In May 2009, she obtained her Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management from University of Liverpool.
She commenced her professional career with the Ministry of Works and Engineering in June 1995, as a trainee land surveyor, and received her Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Certificate in November 1999. She continued with the Ministry of Works and Engineering as Mapping Officer until May 2001, at which time she started her own business with two other partners. Over the past 18 years she has worked on many government and private projects within the island and has enjoyed being an entrepreneur. There are challenging times; however, she and her partners have always prevailed.
In 2011 she ran for a councillor on the Corporation of St.George and was successful, and in May 2012 decided to run as an Alderman for the Corporation of St.George and was again successful. In January 2013 she was appointed as the Deputy Mayor of Corporation of St. George. In May 2015 she ran for Mayor and became the youngest Mayor of St.George and third female. Ms.Francis is encouraged by the community, who is very supportive in ensuring her success and in helping to revitalize the town. The major obstacle she finds is that the many groups in the Town of St. George often work against each other, instead of working towards the same goals.
Quinell notes that she was brought up in the Salvation Army in St.George’s, and her spiritual foundation is what has moulded her, along with guidance of her parents, Mr. Neil Francis and the late Mrs. Constance Francis, who ensured she had a solid foundation in life. The verse of the bible she carries with her is: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
- What is your favourite Bermudian tradition?
Cup Match is one of my favorite Bermudian Traditions. It is the time of the year that we pack up and go watch the cricket game for two days. It is very much a great community spirit, no matter if you are on the beach or at the game. Everyone is eagerly awaiting their team to shine. The education of how Cup Match began is instilled in all of us as kids.
- How long have you been in Bermuda?
I have been in Bermuda most of my life. I studied in Canada for 6 years and was seconded to a company in Scotland for 1 year. Bermuda has always been home, and I have always been glad to return.
- What was your first job ever?
My first job was a junior councilor at the St. George’s Community School during my summer vacations from high school.
- Who was your favourite teacher as a child?
Mr. James Foley was my Primary 6 teacher and music teacher at East End Primary and he was one of my favourite teachers.
- Who was/is the most influential person in your life?
My parents have been the most influential people in my life. They prayed and instilled in me that I could do whatever I wanted and they gave me the tools to ensure that I would succeed. They have also been there through every stepping stone of my life.
- Loquat or Bermuda banana?
I love both, loquats and Bermuda bananas.
- St George’s or Somerset?
St. George’s, of course, I was born and raised in St George! St. George’s girl all the way!
- Cricket or football?
I am a bigger cricket fan, however, I do like to watch both.