UCC BDCI is operated by experienced and competent team members who bring a track record of accomplishments to the organization’s strategic and operational initiatives. UCC BDCI business advisors are GrowthWheel certified.


Business Development and Project Officer

Tennille Howell-Hussey, Acting Director

Tennille Howell-Hussey served as the Business Development and Project Officer responsible for business advising, consulting, and critical project management for critical projects, and operational support for the Institute. Key roles include developing growth strategies, managing and retaining relationships with clients, increasing client base, negotiating with stakeholders, identifying business strengths and customer needs, and researching business opportunities and viable income streams.

Prior to joining UCC BDCI, Ms. Hussey served as the Project Administrator for the Jamaica Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) Project at Jamaica Business Development Corporation. She served as Corporate Account Manager with the Jamaica Franchise Dale Carnegie Training and FLOW in Barbados. She was also the Project Research Officer for the Sustainable Tourism Department at the Caribbean Tourism Organization on the ‘Caribbean Tourism and Health Safety and Environment Programme’ and Research Assistants Supervisor at the ports of entry for the Caribbean Tourism Organization programme with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc and Tourism Product Authority.  Prior to this, she was an Air traffic Controller in Barbados.                                 

Ms Howell- Hussey has a multifaceted background and experience in project/programme development and implementation, office management, database and information management, learning and development, marketing, enterprise solutions, B2B development, stakeholder partnership management and negotiation skills. 

Educational and training background includes being awarded a Master’s Degree in Tourism with Project Management from the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus in 2015 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management specializing in Marketing from the University of West Indies Barbados in 2013. She is bilingual in Spanish and has been trained in a variety of areas, including event planning and organizing, business model development for business support organizations and high impact presentations.



Reginald Nugent, Business Consultant

Reginald Nugent served as the Director of UCC Business Development and Consulting Institute. As the founding Director, he was responsible for providing leadership and overall strategic direction of the organization, formulating strategic plans, programmes, projects, and leading the implementation of its operational initiatives.

Prior to joining the UCC BDCI, Mr. Nugent advised several startup ventures locally and overseas. Mr. Nugent served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Investment, and Commerce of Jamaica from 2012-2016. And from 2010-2012 headed the School of Business Administration, University of Technology, Jamaica.  Additionally, co-founded Transcel, Limited, a Jamaican-based mobile technology venture as CFO.

Mr. Nugent’s experience abroad includes being the co-founder and the Chief Financial Officer for Isadra, Inc., a Silicon Valley software company successfully acquired in 1999 for $50 Million USD. Subsequently, joining the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he served as Adjunct Lecturer and Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation from 2001-2005. Mr. Nugent was founding Managing Director for Capital West Advisors, a business plan development and capital-raising firm based in Beverly Hills, California. His experience also includes ten years in the transportation and municipal finance field at the San Francisco Bay area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Oakland and Berkeley in California. 

Other academic appointments include Adjunct Faculty at the Mona School of Business and Management (UWI) from 2018-2019 and UCC from 2018 to present. 

Mr. Nugent was a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University in applied economics and holds an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics (U.K.), as well as an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in economics from the University of West Indies.