Board of Directors
The Environmental Management Authority is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of persons appointed in accordance with the Environmental Management Act, Chapter 35:05.
The Chairman and nine other members are appointed by the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and are accountable to the Minister of Environment and Water Resources.
All members are drawn from the following disciplines or groups, namely, environmental management, ecology, environmental health, engineering, labour, community-based organisations, business, economics, public administration, law and non-profit environmental non-governmental organisations.
The Board appoints a Managing Director who is the Chief Executive Officer and an ex officio member.The Board selects from among its members a Deputy Chairman.
The Board also appoints a Corporate Secretary who is an employee of the Authority.
Members of EMA's Board of Directors are as follows:
Nadra is a graduate of York St. John University, UK with a Master of Arts in Leading Innovation and Change and from UWI in Zoology and Botany and post graduate courses in Environmental Biology. She worked in the Forestry Division of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for over 20 years, serving as Head of Wildlife for the last 13 years of her employment. During this time she administered wildlife and wetland conservation programmes, including the related Conventions of CITES and Ramsar and provided secretariat duties for the Cabinet-appointed Wildlife Conservation, Honorary Game Warden and National Wetlands Committees. Some of the well-known projects in which she was involved are the Nariva Swamp Restoration Project and community co-management of the endangered leatherback turtles. She has authored either singly or jointly, papers on a range of wildlife and wetland related topics, delivered lectures/presentations, as well as facilitated workshops and seminars in these areas of specialization. Currently she serves as a Consultant on conservation matters for the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago and other entities in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. In this capacity, wildlife policy formulation, research and conservation, environmental education, strategic planning and social responsibility are among her competencies. She is also well-known in the Caribbean, through her work with MEAs and having taught many of the regional foresters at the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry in wildlife management. As a supporter of the practice of mentorship, Nadra currently coordinates a conservation leadership program for i8 emerging wildlife leaders in the Wider Caribbean (http://conservationcaribbean.weebly.com/).
Ms. Daniel was admitted to practice law in T&T in 1983. She accomplished her post-graduate work in environmental law and management at Tufts University, Boston USA. Ms. Daniel has extensive experience working on environmental regulations, policy and auditing in the Caribbean. She has held principal policy-making positions for the International Maritime Organisation/World Bank, the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture, Lands and Marine Resources of Trinidad & Tobago and has served as the CARICOM legal negotiator for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Through her legal practice, Judy brings an unparalleled strong working knowledge of the legal and institutional frameworks, politics, society, key actors and civic groups in the Caribbean and a proven talent to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. Her unique combination of strong legal and technical skills has earned her high esteem by senior managers both in the Wider Caribbean region and internationally. Ms. Daniel is an ISO 14001, 14011, 14012 Lead Auditor, Environmental Management Systems (2001, Missisauga, Canada). She is a Fulbright Fellow and was a Peer Review Board Member (2003-4). Later in 2005 she obtained mediation training at the Atlanta Justice Center and is a trained mediator. She completed an International Water Law Certificate, University of Dundee, Scotland in 2012.
Ms. Wilson is a former Director of the Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat. She was responsible for assisting Commonwealth member countries build capacity and strengthen public institutions through advice, training and expertise. She was a career public servant having worked in the public service from the start of her career. In 1999, she became a Permanent Secretary and was responsible for establishing the Ministry of Public Administration and Information. During that time she led the development of both a Public Service Reform Strategy and an ICT strategy. She also focused on steering Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean into the information age. She served as Chair of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union for several years and in the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration. She has also lectured and presented papers on Human Resource Management, Diversity Management, Leadership, Public Management and ICT at national, regional and international levels.
Mr. Adams has over 24 years’ experience in the Upstream, Mid-stream and Downstream energy sectors. Presently, he is the Vice-President of Gas Transmission & Distribution at the National Gas Company (NGC). Prior to NGC, Mr. Adams was a Senior Operations and Business Development executive with appointments at Athlon Solutions (previously Champion Technologies), PETROTRIN, Ashland Chemicals, NUCOR Iron Carbide and PCS Nitrogen Trinidad Limited. He is a proven change agent with significant experience in Strategic and Business Level Planning, Operations and Engineering Management and Business Development. Mr. Adams has previously served as a Director at the Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards (2006 – 2011). He has a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the West Indies and earned his MBA (specialism in Strategic Planning) from the Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh School of Business.
Dr. Parasram is a physician and public health consultant (County Medical Officer of Health) working with the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Parasram has fourteen (14) years’ experience as a physician and nine (9) years’ experience as a public health practitioner. He is also an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, London. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Parasram studied at the University of the West Indies, thereafter, pursuing public health training at the London school of hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. He has worked throughout the public health care system both within the Regional Health Authorities, as well as, at the Ministry of Health in senior management positions for 10 years.
Mr. Nandlal is the Vice President of Finance of the Heliconial Foundation, as well as, a member of the Board of Directors of SporTT. He has held positions in many non-profit organizations, the most notable being President of the Undergraduate Economics Association at FIU. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Finance from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Florida International University.
Mr. Garth Ottley is Fisheries Officer with the responsibility for the Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) for the past six (6) years. His focus is to aggressively ensure the sustainable development,management and conservation of the marine resources and fisheries within the jurisdiction of the THA. Mr Ottley holds Bsc. in Environmental and Natural Resouce Management and Marine Biology from UWI, a Executive Diploma in Business Management from Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and a Diploma in Forestry from the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry.
John Julien is the current President of the Communications Workers’ Union. The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), formerly called Communication Services and General Workers Union was formed in July 1953. The union has a long history and tradition of representing workers in Trinidad and Tobago in the field of telecommunications, TSTT as well as, at Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre, Massy Communications (formerly Illuminat), Mega Brite, R.B.P Lifts and TDC. Mr. Julian, a vocal advocate for workers’ rights in Trinidad and Tobago, is serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Management Authority for a second time, having been previously appointed to the Board of Directors during the period 2010-2013. Apart from Mr. Julien’s work in the field of industrial relations, he has a technical background in telecommunications having worked at the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT).
Mr. Gordon Paul, a successful entrepreneur, is the current Director of Finance and Administration at Melmar Homes & Interior, a Real Estate and Land Development concern that focuses on middle-income housing. In addition to his current remit, he has several years’ experience in the banking and insurance sectors. He is also the President of the Rotary Club of Diego Martin. Mr. Paul studied Economics at the University of Winnipeg, Canada.
Hayden Romano is the Managing Director of the EMA. He has extensive experience in the environmental, manufacturing and construction sectors throughout the Caribbean Region, a career spanning over thirty years. An Engineering Geologist by training, Mr. Romano commenced his career at the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) as a Research Assistant, and ascended to leadership roles as an Engineering Geologist, Consultant, Operations Manager, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer in various companies in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Preceding his appointment as Managing Director of the EMA, he was the General Manager, of the Authority’s Technical Services Department. Mr. Romano has lectured part-time at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, in the Engineering Geology and Petroleum Geosciences disciplines. Mr. Romano graduated with a BSc degree in Geology from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and an MSc Engineering Geology from the Leeds University, UK. He is a Member of the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago, a Chartered Geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London, UK and Chartered Scientist, London, UK.
Board Members may be contacted in care of:
The Environmental Management Authority