The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has appointed the following citizens to be the Board of Directors of National Energy:
Gerry C. Brooks – Chairman
Mr. Gerry C. Brooks was recently appointed Chairman of the NGC Group of Companies (The National Gas Company, National Energy, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited and NGC CNG Limited) by the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He is the retired group Chief Operating Officer of the regional conglomerate and publicly held group, ANSA McAL.
Mr Brooks is an Attorney at Law and has served as the Vice President of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago for the past three years. A graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School and the University of the West Indies, he was recently awarded the title of “Distinguished Alumnus of the University of the West Indies. Mr Brooks is also a graduate of Columbia University where he obtained an MBA, Dean’s Honour Roll. As a former Deputy Chairman of the Caribbean Court of Justice Trust Fund, he also chaired its Finance and Investment Committee for ten years.
A regional thought leader, he is the President of the Family Planning Association. He has been honored by Rotary International, his Alumni, Queen’s Royal College and other key institutions in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. He is also a member of the Standing Energy Subcommittee of the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago.
Kenneth Allum – Director
Mr. Kenneth Allum is a Chemical Engineer with 38 years’ experience in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industry at all levels. Among the various positions held throughout his career, he worked as a Senior Technologist from 1981 to 1987, and then as an Assistant to the Managing Director from 1987 to 1990 at Trinidad and Tobago Oil Company Limited (TRINTOC).
Most recently, Mr. Allum worked at PETROTRIN, initially serving as the Vice President of Refining and Marketing (2008-2009) and, thereafter, as President (2009-2012). As President of Petrotrin, Mr. Allum was responsible for the company’s strategic goals, working with all stakeholders to develop and implement the company’s business objectives to maximize shareholder value. At the helm of the company, he was able to develop a highly motivated, business-oriented and customer-driven organization.
In the course of his service at the respective companies, Mr. Allum has had extensive technical and management training and has attended numerous international meetings and conferences. He was appointed as a Director on the Board of National Energy in September 2015.
Arnold De Four – Director
Mr. Arnold De Four retired from The National Gas Company of Trinidad &Tobago Ltd (NGC) as Vice President, Commercial in 2012. During his more than thirty (30) years of experience at NGC and its affiliated companies, he has held several positions of ever increasing responsibility in the domestic energy sector, bringing to the post of Vice President considerable experience in the areas of accounting and financial management, business development, contract negotiation and project management.
In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Atlantic), Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd. (PPGPL), The Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline Company Limited (ECGPC), The Energy Chamber and the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM). He was also a frequent presenter at local and international seminars and forums on energy matters and the global gas industry.
Mr. De Four holds a B.Sc., Accounting from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada. He has also received advanced executive training from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College) amongst others.
Currently, Mr. De Four is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at MSD Associates Ltd., a private consultancy established to initiate and develop natural gas-based energy projects in new and emerging markets.
Marcus Ganness – Director
Mr. Ganness holds a BSc in Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI) with First Class Honors and an MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Systems Control and Optimization) from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and a former Vice-Chairman of the Industrial Application Society (IAS) Trinidad and Tobago section of the IEEE.
Mr. Ganness has had global training and office and offshore field assignments in upstream petroleum operations through his employment as a Seismic Engineer with Schlumberger (2007-2008). He has since become the Founder and Managing Director of a multidisciplinary contracting firm Vitruvian Engineering Co. Ltd (founded 2010). Through this company he has delivered critical infrastructure and civil engineering projects to several public sector clients.
Alongside his business portfolio, Mr. Ganness has been a lecturer at UWI since 2010, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in Control Systems and Energy Systems. He has also published numerous papers in leading industry journals and is involved in various research projects focusing on energy systems, economic systems and financial optimization.
Mr. Ganness has knowledge and experience in financial markets and products including equity pricing and markets, derivative products and forex trading. He was appointed as a Director on the Board of National Energy in September 2015.
Wade A. Hamilton – Director
Wade Anthony Hamilton is a Trinidadian Registered Engineer with the Board of Engineering Trinidad & Tobago and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad & Tobago.
He earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration at The University of the West Indies Institute of Business Trinidad in 2000 and his Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1983 and a Diploma in Engineering at St Mary’s University, Halifax.
He has 32 years’ experience in the local energy sector in the management and development of major capital infrastructure projects both onshore and offshore. He is now a consultant in private practice after retiring as Vice President, Technical Services at The National Gas Company (NGC) in October 2014.
He joined National Energy in 1983 as a process engineer for the start-up, commissioning and operations of the country’s first locally owned methanol and urea plants. At National Energy, he was also actively involved in undertaking technical and economic evaluations for new energy-based projects. He joined NGC in 1990 as Engineer in the Engineering Services Division, moving up through the organisation over the years in the area of Offshore Operations, Offshore Compression Operations, Business Development and Light Industrial Commercial Marketing.
At NGC, Mr. Hamilton was actively involved in the development of the country’s first LNG plant at Point Fortin. He has worked on many technical studies such as the initiative for the development of an Ethylene and Gas-to-Liquids Complex, LNG and CNG for the Caribbean, as well as the expansion of the PPGPL NGL processing facility in Trinidad. He was also responsible for the execution of major onshore and offshore pipeline infrastructure projects.
Mr. Hamilton had several articles published and has presented a number of papers locally and internationally. He has served on the Board of American Chamber of Commerce Trinidad & Tobago and several local committees for the development of the energy sector of Trinidad and Tobago.
Sham Mahabir – Director
Mr. Sham Mahabir has a BSc (Upper Second Class Honours) in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA in Finance, both from the University of the West Indies. He has received training from various Institutions in the USA and UK. He became a member of the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago at the age of 28 and a past member of the Code Committee of same. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers an international affiliate of the International Electrical Testing Association.
Mr. Mahabir has been employed as an engineer with several companies. His career began at TYE manufacturing where he held several positions, including Shift Engineer, Design Engineer, Sales Engineer and Sales Manager. Mr. Mahabir also worked as a Project Engineer with United Electrics Limited (1997-2001), where his duties included the general management of major projects such as the design of electrical systems and management of personnel. From 2001 to 2002, he worked as a High Voltage Switchgear Engineer with TYE Manufacturing Company Limited, providing service and support of medium voltage switchgear lines and other major infrastructural projects.
Since those engagements, Mr. Mahabir has gone on to become the owner, Managing Director and Lead Engineer for Shamco Limited, a company which provides Electrical Engineering Services. Under his management, the company has executed a range of projects and services for such companies as Republic Bank, Powergen, PETROTRIN, TGU, Yara Trinidad Limited, and a number of government and retail organizations. He was appointed as a Director on the Board of NGC in September 2015.
Hadyn A. Gittens - Director
Mr. Gittens joined National Energy’s Board in November 2016 with over 25 years of broad-based banking experience, acquired through service in various posts in the local and regional financial sector.
After attaining a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Industrial Management from the University of the West Indies St Augustine, Mr. Gittens continued on to a M.Sc. in Accounting at the University. He subsequently obtained an MBA from the University of Manchester.
Mr. Gittens began his career as a Manager at Republic Bank Limited. He thereafter spent four years at the helm of Caribbean Learning Systems Limited before resuming his career in banking. He progressed through several appointments at the Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Limited before being named Assistant General Manager at RBTT Jamaica Limited.
In 2003, he was promoted to Group Head – Corporate Banking of the RBC Royal Bank Group. Following a brief stint as a Business and Financial Consultant, Mr. Gittens assumed responsibility for overall management of the largest subsidiary of the East Caribbean Financial Holdings Group in 2013, in the position of General Manager of the Bank of St. Lucia Limited.
With demonstrable success in leading profitable enterprise growth, cost management, organizational restructuring, change and strategic planning, among others, Mr. Gittens brings valuable sector experience and leadership to the National Energy Board.