Board of Directors

    Franka Costelloe

    Ms. Costelloe holds a MSc in Building and Construction Management (with distinction), an (MBOS) Associate Degree in Project Management and BSc in Business Administration with a Major in Human Resources and Master’s Certificate in Corporate Governance from the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute.

    Ms. Costelloe is a Director of Lifetime Roofing Ltd - a manufacturer, distributor and contractor specialized in metal and flat roof waterproofing. She has experience in various departments including; Human Resources, Accounts, Project Management, Contracts, Budget Planning & Administration, Sales and Marketing.
    She sits as the Chairperson of First Citizens Trustee Services Limited and is a Director on the Boards of First Citizens Bank limited, First Citizens Investment Services (Barbados) Limited and First Citizens Bank (Barbados) Limited.

    Ms. Costelloe currently sits on the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) Board as the President.

    Dr. Mikaeel Mohammed
    Vice President

    Dr. Mikaeel Mohammed is the Group Director of SMJ and CEO of SMJ Trinidad Subsidiary. He is the fourth generation of Leadership to emerge from the Mohammed / Jaleel family, within the S.M. Jaleel Group, a group formed and established locally but able to transition, sustain and grow itself over the years from local and regional operations to an internationally competitive player with products in over 60 countries.

    Dr. Mohammed graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he attained his M.B., B.Ch, B.A.O. credentials . Further to his medical degree, he holds an abundance of certifications in areas ranging from executive leadership to international business and joined S.M. Jaleel in 2009.

    At present Dr. Mohammed is Chief Executive Officer of Jaleel Distributors Limited, S.M. Jaleel’s Sales and Distribution Company. He is primarily responsible for driving market growth and sales of S.M. Jaleel’s large and diverse nonalcoholic beverage portfolio in the local and international market.

    He is also the owner of several independent successful business enterprises locally.

    Dr. Mohammed is currently a Director and Vice President on the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) and the Chairman of the Export Marketing sub-committee.

    He is also a Director of ExporTT and was recently appointed Commissioner on the Fair-Trade Commission.

    Dr. Mohammed has championed the cause of building a highly successful business organization, which is underpinned by a philosophy that all of life’s endeavors should be in service to God and humanity.

    Robin Lewis

    Robin Lewis joined First Citizens as the GM Retail and Commercial Banking in April of 2012. He holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of The West Indies and an MBA from the University of Lincoln in London. Mr. Lewis is a career banker with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. The majority of his career was spent with a local financial services provider gaining experience in all aspects of banking operations. His prior appointment was at director level with another major regional financial institution with responsibility for Banking Operations for the Retail Wealth and Small Business groups, also including Branch Banking, Electronic Channels and Call Centres. He currently sits on the Board of the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association.

    Anthony Farah

    Anthony G. Farah is the General Manager of MDC-UM, the largest manufacturer of office furniture in the region. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade Community College, Mr. Farah gained 17 years of experience from a host of industries in the United States. Anthony returned to Trinidad to help develop MDC-UM’s strategic alliances with large furniture manufacturers in North America, China, Europe and India. As a consultant and project manager he has helped ensure that local content is maximized on projects in the Caribbean.

    George Naime

    Ryan Lewis

    Ryan Lewis is the Executive Director of Label House Group Limited. Mr. Lewis has extensive experience in marketing and finance having worked both locally and abroad. Mr. Lewis holds an MBA Marketing and Finance from University of Miami and a B.Sc. Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.

    Ian Mitchell

    Mr. Ian Mitchell has over nineteen years experience in the manufacturing sector, having held managerial positions at WITCO and Bermudez Biscuit Company Limited where he last served as General Manager. Mr. Mitchell holds an International MBA as well as a B.Sc. Industrial Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance. Mr. Mitchell was a mentor with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and is currently the Managing Director at ANSA Polymer.

    Dale Parson

    Dale Parson is the CEO of KPL Group Ltd, a diversified group in the Manufacturing and Distribution Industry in Paints, Adhesives, and Brewery/Beverage products. Mr. Parson holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Management from the University of the West Indies. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing. Mr.Parson is a member of Board of Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (BOETT) and Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT). As the Chief Executive Officer of a regionally recognised privately held organisation, Mr. Parson has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing, competitiveness, international trade, management, international business operations and strategic planning. His background provides the TTMA board with a broad scope of expertise in the manufacturing industry particularly in strategic planning, trade agreement negotiations and competitiveness.

    Tricia Coosal

    Tricia Coosal is a graduate of the University of Miami with an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Ms.Coosal has over six years experience as an Executive Director of Finance and Administration at Coosal's Group of Companies. Ms.Coosal is also Founder, Managing Director and Corporate Secretary of Top Class Distributors Limited.

    Patricio Torres

    Gary Awai

    Mr. Awai has a banking career spanning over 30 years, in which he has held several senior management positions at various local banks including most recently, Deputy CEO at Intercommercial Bank Limited (now JMMB Bank). He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and member of the Society of Management Accountants of Nova Scotia, Canada, holds a Masters in Business Administration from Andrews University, Michigan and Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada. He has an extensive background in Treasury Risk Management, Strategic Management Accounting, Correspondent Banking, Structured Trade Finance, Compliance, Corporate Finance and Marketing and Sales, with strong emphasis in Treasury Operations, specifically Foreign Exchange and Dealing, where he has spent much of my career to date. Mr. Awai is a founder member of the Caribbean Financial Planning Association and a former director and past Vice President of both the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Institute of Banking and Finance. He has also sat on the Trade Committee of the Bankers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT). Additionally, He has been a part-time lecturer in the Special Degree in Banking and Finance at the University of the West Indies for the past eleven (12) years.

    John De Silva

    John De Silva is an experienced FMCG Executive and was appointed Managing Director of Unilever Caribbean Ltd. in November 2017. Mr. De Silva has over 20 years experience in General Management, Supply Chain, Operations, and Finance, having worked in Trinidad, Jamaica, Switzerland, The Dominican Republic and Mexico. Most of that time was spent with Nestlé, holding senior executive positions including Director at Nestlé Jamaica, General Manager of Nestlé Caribbean Inc., and Nestlé Professional’s Head of Supply Chain and Operations for Latin America.He has led the integration of acquired businesses, established Regional Shared Services, developed and executed manufacturing and operations improvement strategies, implemented Customer Service Excellence initiatives and turned around under-performing commercial operations through Consumer and Customer engagement, restructuring and cost-reduction and strengthening of Global Brands.John is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the UK and an alumnus of IMD Business School, Switzerland.

    Colin S. Sabga
    Corporate Secretary

    Mr.Colin Sabga holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Bristol with a specialization in Private Equity, and a Masters of Law (with distinction) from University College London with a specialization in International Banking and Finance. He subsequently completed the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law, London and the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
    He is a member of the Honorary Society of the Inner Temple and the Law Society of Trinidad & Tobago.In 2013, Colin joined the BCL Group of Companies full time as Executive Director responsible for new business development.

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