Board of Directors

The Board of Directors comprises nine (9) members, of which three are executive and six are non-executive.

Mr. Faarees Hosein
Mr. Noel Wood, Chief Executive Officer, The Nation Corporation
Mrs. Dawn Thomas
Group Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Grenville Phillips CBE, JP
Mr. Michael Carballo
Mr. Peter G. Symmonds Q.C
Mr. Gregory Thomson
Mr. Douglas Wilson Managing Director, General Manager, Trinidad Express Newspapers
Mrs. Rene Kowlessar

Mr. Faarees Hosein – Chairman

An Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Faarees Hosein obtained his LLB at Dundee University, Scotland and was called to the Bar of En- gland and Wales at Lincoln’s Inn. He has been in private civil law practice since 1988 in Trinidad and Tobago and was called to the Bars of Barbados in 1991 and Grenada in 1997. Mr. Hosein is also the Chairman of Caribbean Communications Network Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of One Caribbean Media Limited.

Dr. Grenville Phillips – CBE, JP

Dr. Grenville Phillips was a Principal of the Barbados and Eastern Caribbean accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and Managing Director of Colybrand Company Services Limited. He retired on the merger of the international firms of Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse and now practices as a Corporate and Financial consultant.

Dr. Phillips is also a licensed trustee under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency regime of Barbados. He served as Chairman of the Barba- dos National Bank for approximately seven years and as a Director of the Barbados Stock Exchange from its inception until 2016, the last seven years of which as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Phillips gained his Doctorate in Business Administration from Bradford University (UK) in 2004 and also holds professional qualifications in Chartered Secretary ship, Governance, Accounting and Banking.

He is a Justice of the Peace and was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year honors in 2000 for his contribution to accountancy and public service in Barbados.

Mr. Michael Carballo

Mr. Michael Carballo is a Chartered Accountant and Independent Financial Consultant to many companies in Trinidad and Tobago and the region. He has held senior positions at a major Professional Services Firm, prior to joining the Angostura Group of Companies in 1991, where he held various senior Financial and Management positions, including that of Executive Director and Company Secretary. Mr. Carballo was eventually seconded to C.L. Financial Limited in 2008, the parent of Angostura Holdings Limited, where he served as Group Finance Director until 2010. Mr. Carballo also serves on the Board of Grace Kennedy (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited. He is member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Mr. Peter G. Symmonds – Q.C.

Mr. Peter G. Symmonds K.C. is an Attorney at-Law who has been in private practice for forty two years.

He is the holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of London and is also a Justice of the Peace in Barbados.

Mr. Symmonds serves as a Director of Interim Investment Ltd formerly Rum Refinery of Mount Gay Limited, a privately held company, and as a Trustee of The Maria Holder Memorial Trust, and The Brewster Trust, Registered Barbados Charities. He was a Board Member of BS&T for six years prior to its acquisition by Massy Holdings Limited, and former Board Member of Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited for fourteen years and Massy United Insurance Limited for over 10 years.

Mr. Gregory Thomson

Mr. Gregory Thomson is a retired banker with over forty years’ experience in Banking, Investments and Finance. He was the Deputy Managing Director of Republic Bank Limited prior to his retirement in 2012.

Mr. Thomson holds a BSc. in Mathematics and Physics from The University of the West Indies and a MBA from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is presently on the Boards of Republic Financial Holdings Ltd, Republic Bank Limited, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited and Caribbean Information & Credit Rating Services Limited.

Mrs. Rene Kowlessar 

Mrs. Renee Kowlessar’s experience spans many years in public accounting in Toronto and Barbados, and in finance and management in both the onshore and offshore banking sectors in Barbados.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting from McGill University in Montreal Canada, a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados.

Mrs. Kowlessar has completed the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada- Director Education and Accreditation Program.

She has served as a Director of Goddard Enterprises Limited and Director and Audit Committee Chair of First Citizens Bank (Barba- dos) Limited. She currently serves on a number of Boards in the financial services sector, as well as sits as a Trustee of The Cherry Tree Trust, a charitable organization in Barbados.

Board of Directors