Board of Directors

Mr. Romney ThomasChairman of the Board
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Mr. Damian ObiglioChairman - Management Committee / Board Member
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Mr. Mohamed MajeedBoard Member
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Mr. Yu NumasawaBoard Member
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Ms. Ingrid L-A LashleyBoard Member
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Mr. Dinesh Bissoon Board Member
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Mr. Glenford CyrilleBoard Member
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Mr. John Chapman Board Member
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Ms. Sharmaine CaballeroBoard Member
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Executive Management

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Mr. Surindranath RamsinghGeneral Manager
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Mr. Surendra RamdathHead – Engineering, Reliability and Support Services
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Mr. Carl SookrajPlant Manager
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Ms. Natisha MohammedPlant Manager
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Mr. Dharmendra SinghHead - Finance and Risk
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Ms. Marsha MohammedHead - Legal Advisory Services
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Mr. Daren JadooHead- Health, Safety, Security and Environment
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Mr. Jerome SinghHead- Human Resources and Administration
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Mr. Shawn IsaacHead - Internal Audit
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Biographies - Board of Directors

 

Mr. Romney Thomas - Chairman of the Board

Mr. Romney Thomas is a distinguished Attorney at Law with over 25 years of experience at the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently a Partner in the law firm of Hobsons with extensive litigation and commercial law experience.

He served as Chairman of the Board of the Water and Sewerage Authority from 2015 – 2020 and is presently the Chairman of the Boards of Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission and PowerGen. He is also a Director on the Boards of Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation, a charitable organisation and Southern Medical Clinic Limited.

Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School.  He is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Mr. Damian Obiglio - Chairman - Management Committee / Board Member

In March 2017, Mr. Damian Obiglio was appointed as Chairman of PowerGen’s Management Committee. Mr. Obiglio previously served as a PowerGen Board member for the period July 2006 to August 2007. Mr. Obiglio has more than 20 years of experience in the utility industry working in different countries covering Chairman, CEO and MD positions in several electric generation, transmission and distribution companies.

Mr. Obiglio Educational Qualifications are as follows:

  • Advance Management Program - AMP, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA (2000)
  • Magister in Administration course, Instituto Tecnologico Buenos Aires (ITBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina (1986)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Universidad Catolica Argentina (UCA), Buenos Aires, Argentina (1983)
  • BA, Colegio Champagnat, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1977)
  • He is married with four children and he is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and conversational Italian.
 

Mr. Glenford Cyrille - Board Member

Mr. Glenford Cyrille retired in 2012 as General Manager of Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) after having served at various levels in T&TEC from 1974.

Mr. Cyrille holds a Bsc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine and a post graduate Advanced Diploma in Electrical Engineering from UWI. Mr. Cyrille has served as director on the board of the Airports Authority and Deputy Chairman of the board of T&TEC. He is currently a board director of T&TEC and PowerGen.

In his spare time Mr. Cyrille enjoys spending time with his immediate family comprising four grown children and four grandchildren

 

Mr. John Chapman - Board Member

Mr. John Chapman is an entrepreneur who currently runs his own company, Check Chappy Services Limited. He has more than twenty four years’ experience in Customer Relationship Management and Business Operations, and is a former manager at Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT).

Mr. Chapman is the holder of two degrees in Business Management; BA (Hons) and an MBA. He is presently a member of the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and PowerGen. He has been married for twenty-two years with four sons.

 

Mr. Mohamed Majeed - Board Member

Mr. Majeed was appointed as Board Director on March 21, 2018. He has more than 25 years of experience in the power industry. He is a US Air Force and Power industry veteran with utility and Independent Power Producer experience both in the US and internationally. Mo has also worked in the Caribbean region for more than 15 years. He has served on the corporate boards of several companies and previously chaired the Management Committee of The Power Generation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited from September , 2007 to August, 2009.  Mo holds a Masters and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Maryland.  He is married and has two children.

 

Mr. Yu Numasawa - Board Member

Mr. Yu Numasawa is an experienced power industry professional with skills in strategic planning, project management and finance. He joined Marubeni Corporation in 2008 and managed construction projects of various thermal power plants mainly in Indonesia and Vietnam, before he moved to the Corporate Planning Department in 2015 to assist Marubeni’s board members in formulating and initiating overall strategy in South & South East Asia. 
He currently holds the position of Manager, Caribbean Operations at Marubeni Caribbean Power Inc. and also supports tariff design and business development of Jamaica Public Service, an investor-owned electric utility in Jamaica.

He has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He is a father of a daughter and a son, and a tennis player in weekends.

 

Ms. Ingrid L-A Lashley - Board Member

Ms. Ingrid Lashley retired from her position as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company Limited (TTMF) in 2017.  Prior to joining TTMF, Ms. Lashley spent eighteen (18) years at Scotiabank in various senior positions in financial control, private banking, trusteeships and merchant banking, exiting as the General Manager of Scotiatrust and Merchant Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited. 

Ms. Lashley is the holder of a Masters in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and also carries the designations of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Accountant. Ms. Lashley is currently the Chairman of the Bourse Group and National Enterprises Limited, in which capacity she sits on the Boards of the Investee Companies.  She also holds directorships in Eco-Industrial Development Company of Tobago Limited, West Indian Tobacco Company Limited, the CL Financial Group and PowerGen. Ms. Lashley serves as a member of the Quality Assurance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago.

Despite her demanding professional life, Ms. Lashley finds time for involvement in the culture and social life of Trinidad and Tobago and the Board of Management of her alma mater, Bishop Anstey High School.  She is an accomplished bass pan player and a former Inter-Bank calypso queen.  Ms. Lashley also holds credentials in piano and dance.

 

Mr. Dinesh Bissoon - Board Member

Mr. Dinesh Bissoon was appointed as a Board Director to PowerGen on 2nd April, 2019 and has also been sitting on the Board of T&TEC since 2015.

Dinesh currently holds the position of Operations Delivery Manager at Shell Trinidad and Tobago Limited. Dinesh started his career at PowerGen in 2002 as a contract employee. After a year, he went on to work with BG Trinidad and Tobago Limited which has now been acquired by Shell Trinidad and Tobago Limited. He has approximately 18 years in the Oil & Gas Industry where he has worked on a number of deep-water Projects and Operations in various countries across the Far-East, Middle East, Europe, US, South America and at home in Trinidad.

Dinesh holds a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of The West Indies (UWI).  

In his spare time Dinesh enjoys playing sports (particularly football), travelling and reading.

 

Ms. Sharmaine Caballero - Board Member

Ms. Sharmaine Caballero joined PowerGen’s Board of Directors on April 2nd, 2019.

Ms. Caballero brings a wealth of knowledge in varying fields. She holds a B. Sc. in Economics and Mathematics and a M.B.A in Business Administration from the University of West Indies (UWI) and New York University respectively. 

She is a human resource professional with over 35 years’ experience in the field. She has served as a part-time lecturer at UWI and held the position of President of the Council of the Institute of Banking and Finance of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ms. Caballero also serves on the Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC).

Biographies - Executive Management

 

Mr. Surindranath Ramsingh - General Manager

Mr. Surindranath Ramsingh was appointed General Manager in January 2017. Mr. Ramsingh has over thirty-five (35) years experience in the electricity industry of Trinidad and Tobago, nineteen of which have been at the Senior Management level. His career began as an Engineer in Training with the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) in 1983 and he moved through the ranks of both T&TEC and PowerGen as Shift Charge Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Operations Manager, Maintenance Manager, Plant Manager, Manager Engineering and Reliability to his current position of General Manager. Mr. Ramsingh graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering (Upper Second Class Honours). He attended an Executive Development Programme at UWI Institute of Business and is also the holder of a Post Graduate Certificate in Management from Heriot Watt University.

In addition, Mr. Ramsingh has attended many professional courses and conferences both locally and internationally on most aspects of power station systems and management. Mr. Ramsingh had a brief overseas assignment at Southern Electric's Birchwood, Virginia, Power Station and was the lead negotiator for two major upgrade contracts for PowerGen with General Electric. Mr. Ramsingh is a member of the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago, the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also an avid chess player and cricket enthusiast who enjoys gardening and travelling with his family. He is married to Joanne and has  two children.

 

Mr. Jerome Singh - Head- Human Resources and Administration 

Mr. Jerome Singh has been appointed to the position of Head – Human Resources and Administration effective October 1, 2019. 

Mr. Singh has over fifteen (15) years progressive experience in the field of Human Resource Management. Most recently, he served as Human Resources Manager at ANSA McAL. He has held several Human Resource managerial roles as well as Commercial managerial roles in diverse business sectors such as Banking & Financial Services, Brewing, Manufacturing, Sales & Distribution and the downstream oil & gas sectors. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies (St Augustine), a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, MBA (with Distinction) from the Heriot-Watt University (UK) and a Post-MBA from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Singh is also certified in the administration of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and DISC assessment tools and has achieved Senior Certified Professional (SCP) status with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

 

Mr. Surendra Ramdath - Head – Engineering, Reliability and Support Services

Mr. Surendra Ramdath has held the position of Plant Manager of Penal Power Station and is presently the Head of Engineering Reliability and Support Services. A position he has held since April 2019. 

Mr. Ramdath has been working in the power generation industry for over 20 years. He joined the Company in 1998 as a Plant Engineer. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies, a MBA from Heriott Watt University and is also PMP certified. He is a member of the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago and Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Mr. Dharmendra Singh - Head, Finance and Risk

Mr. Dharmendra Singh was appointed to the position of Head – Finance and Risk on November 01, 2017. Mr. Singh is a Chartered Accountant with over nineteen (19) years’ experience in a heavy industrial environment.  He holds professional accounting qualifications from The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Mr. Singh is a fellow of the ACCA and an affiliate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (ICATT).

He held the position of Finance Manager at ArcelorMittal Steel from 1998 to 2002, and a similar position at Industrial Plant Services Limited (IPSL) from 2002 to 2011.  He spent two years as Materials Manager at IPSL before returning to ArcelorMittal Point Lisas Limited in 2013 as Corporate Controller, a position which he held until the company’s retirement from the Trinidad market.  Most recently he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at three (3) Ansa McAl companies – Ansa Chemicals, Easi Industries and Trinidad Match. 

Mr. Singh is an avid sport enthusiast and in his spare time, enjoys playing cricket.  

 

Ms. Marsha Mohammed - Head, Legal Advisory Services

Mrs. Marsha Mohammed is Head - Legal Advisory Services & Corporate Secretary. Mrs. Mohammed has been with PowerGen for over 12 years, providing advice on a wide range of contractual and commercial matters, and ensuring a robust compliance programme.

Prior to joining PowerGen, Mrs. Mohammed held the position of Senior Associate Attorney-at-Law at Devesh Maharaj & Associates, Mansfield Chambers, Port of Spain where she conducted, advised on, negotiated and/or settled litigious matters in commercial, contract, tort, land, constitutional, administrative, admiralty and family law in over 400 cases.

“Mrs. Mohammed holds a Bachelor of Laws (Upper Second Class Honours) from the University of London (UK), an MBA (Merit) from Henley Business School (University of Reading, UK) and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Hugh Wooding Law School (Trinidad) where she was placed on the Principal’s Roll of Honour for having achieved academic distinction. She is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.”

In her spare time Mrs. Mohammed enjoys spending time with her family, in particular her three young children.

 

Mr. Daren Jadoo - Head- Health, Safety, Security and Environment

Mr. Daren Jadoo was appointed to the position of Head - Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) at PowerGen on June 1st 2018. Mr. Jadoo holds a MSc. in Occupational Hygiene, a BSc. (First Class Honors) in Occupational Safety, Health and Environment, a Diploma in Environmental Management and other professional certificates in Security Management, NEBOSH, ISO and OSHAS HSE Management Systems Lead Auditor and Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Team Leader.  

He joined PowerGen in 2004 and has over eighteen (18) years’ international and local experience within the Health, Safety and Environmental field in various positions and sectors including, oil and gas exploration, refining, construction and power generation. 

 

Mr. Shawn Isaac - Head, Internal Audit

Mr. Isaac has in excess of twelve years senior management experience in the areas of Internal Audit, Risk Management, and Compliance. He has formerly been employed at RBTT as an Internal Auditor where he was responsible for performing audits throughout the region. Subsequently he joined Clico Investment Bank (CIB) as the Manager, Internal Audit and was responsible for setting up and managing the Audit function. Upon leaving CIB Mr. Isaac became the Head of Internal Audit at VMCOTT. He then joined the Ansa McAl family as the Group Audit Manager before being transferred to the role of Sector Manager - Operational Risk and Compliance (Financial Sector). Mr. Isaac subsequently joined the Power Generation Company of Trinidad and Tobago (PowerGen) to set up and lead the Internal Audit function. To date he remains the Head, Internal Audit at PowerGen.

Mr. Isaac possesses an MBA with Distinction, a Bsc. Management (Hons) degree . He also attained the following professional certifications : Certified Professional Forensic Accountant (CPFAcct), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) .

 

Mr. Carl Sookraj - Plant Manager

Mr. Carl Sookraj has been appointed to the position of Plant Manager – Pt. Lisas Power Station effective November 1, 2019.

Mr. Sookraj most recently held the position of Operations Team Leader at Trinidad Generation Unlimited (TGU) and his responsibilities included the management of plant operations and TGU’s Power Purchase Agreement with T&TEC. He brings over 22 years’ experience gained from several key positions in plant operations with the electric power generation industry in Trinidad and Tobago.

No stranger to PowerGen, Mr. Sookraj was first employed at PowerGen’s Pt. Lisas Power Station in 1996 as a Plant Engineer and was promoted to the position of O&M Engineer III in 2002 and was promoted to the position of O&M Engineer I in 2009. During his 15-year tenure at PowerGen, he acted as Maintenance Manager and Project Manager at Point Lisas on several occasions. He also served as Project Engineer on major overhauls, hot gas path inspections and combustor inspections on all gas turbines at Pt. Lisas.

Mr. Sookraj holds a BSc (Upper second Class Honours) Mechanical Engineering from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and an MBA from the Heriot Watt University of Scotland. He has also pursued a wide range of leadership, management and industry - specific training courses over his 27-year career.

 

Ms. Natisha Mohammed - Plant Manager

Mrs. Natisha Mohammed was been appointed to the position of Plant Manager – Penal Power Station effective December 1, 2020.

Mrs. Mohammed most recently held the position of Outage Manager and brings over 18 years’ experience gained from several key positions in plant operations within the electric power generation industry in Trinidad and Tobago.

Natisha joined PowerGen in 2001 as an Engineer in Training and since that time successfully moved through roles such as O&M Engineer, Maintenance Manager, Operations Manager, Project Manager and in 2016 assumed the role of Outage Manager.

Mrs. Mohammed holds a BSc. Mechanical Engineering (Upper Second Class Honours) as well as a MSc. Production Management, both from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and an MBA from the Heriot-Watt University (EBS) of Scotland (UK). She has also pursued a wide range of leadership, management and industry - specific training courses over her 18+ year career.

Mrs. Mohammed believes that with her wealth of experience, adaptability to change, her capacity to leverage the strengths of her team and her philosophy of continuous learning, she can bring sustained value to the Penal Power Plant.