Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors at The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has appointed the following citizens to be the Board of Directors of NGC:

Conrad Enill – Chairman

Conrad Enill was appointed Chairman of NGC in July 2019.

He holds an MBA from Brunel University and Henley Management College, and a Mini MBA in Oil and Gas from the CWC School for Energy Limited, all based in London. He is also a Certified International Credit Union Development Educator (World Council of Credit Unions). Mr. Enill has also completed executive training with the Adam Smith Institute in Effective Public Awareness and Communication to promote Economic Reform; Improving the Public Expenditure Cycle from budget preparation to monitoring, and evaluation and application of Best Practices in Debt Management.

He is a past Governor of both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and served as Chairman of the G24 sub group of the IMF. The Chairman also served as a member of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum whose members include Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. He is a former Minister of Energy with responsibility for the regulation of the Energy Sector and former Minister in the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago with responsibility for Finance, National Budgets and the Economy.

Mr. Enill moved from leadership positions in private sector insurance and technology firms to serve in Government from 2001 to 2010.In 2011, he returned to the private sector, leading two energy service companies as Chief Operating Officer and as Group CEO of the largest financial cooperative in the Caribbean. He continues to work in Energy, Business and Financial Services. Conrad Enill is a Strategic Business Advisor on financial and energy analysis and strategic planning with a policy background at the organisational, national and international levels. He has extensive experience in joint regional and international projects with government agencies and private organizations, having served at the highest level of Government in the capacity of Cabinet Minister.

During his career in the business sector he amassed expertise in both private sector business and international credit union operations. In the business environment, he has held positions of Chief Executive Officer, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, facilitating and leading roles to include Strategic Planning, Business Development, Business re-engineering, Change Management and Policy Development. His passion for creating new leaders is matched by these experiences in leading, mentoring, coaching and developing effective, collaborative and diverse management teams. He has developed lasting and impactful cross-sector relationships/partnerships with a wide array of organizations in government, business, academia, and community organisations.

As a Chief Executive, his responsibility included managing financial plans, forecasts, budgets, and oversight of large budgets. He has also developed capabilities in branding and communications experience which includes the ability to drive innovative marketing and communications strategies to build awareness. He is no stranger to managing and working in complex organisations with multiple stakeholder groups (i.e. board, staff, affiliates, volunteers, elected officials and partner organisations).

He is also a Lecturer and Practicum Supervisor for the MBA Sustainable Energy Management Programme and was Technical Advisor to the Renewable Energy Incubator Project at the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business. He also lectures in the MBA program on Financing for Energy projects as well as Introduction to Oil and Gas Economies.

Mark Loquan – Director

Mr. Mark Loquan is a Chemical Engineer by profession with over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry. He was appointed President of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) in September 2016 and was appointed Director on the Board of NGC in July 2019.

Mr. Loquan acquired an MBA in 1990 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and received training in Executive Leadership and Management from Cornell University and IESE Business School (University of Navarra).

In 1982, he began his career in the energy sector as a Process Engineer at Trinidad Nitrogen Co. Ltd. He moved through various leadership positions before being appointed as the first local President of Hydro Agri Trinidad (now Yara Trinidad Ltd.) in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed President, Upstream Business Development for Angola/Sub-Saharan Africa at Yara International. Mr. Loquan moved to Australia three years later, where he served as CEO of Yara Pilbara.

Since 2016, at the helm of NGC, Mr. Loquan has led a process of restructuring at the state enterprise, expanding the business portfolio, streamlining processes with technology and strengthening the Company’s presence in the value chain. He has overseen a number of critical gas contract negotiations and was instrumental in brokering partnership agreements with state entities in Venezuela, Grenada, Ghana, Mozambique and China. A proponent of systems-thinking, Mr. Loquan has advocated for greater collaboration across the local energy sector, on issues such as supply management, gas allocation and energy efficiency.

Mr. Loquan serves on the Boards of Atlantic LNG (ALNG), Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL) and The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago (ECTT). He is also a member of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) Standing Committee on Energy, and a member of the GORTT Empowered Negotiation Team (for increased value from resources) in his capacity as citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.

One of 50 Distinguished UWI Alumni Awardees, Mr. Loquan is a former Director of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Education

  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering – The University of the West Indies
  • MBA – Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, North Carolina

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 NGC in September 2015.

Marcus Ganness – Director

Mr. Ganness holds a BSc in Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI) with First Class Honors, and received an MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Systems Control) from the University of Toronto in November 2010. Mr. Ganness is currently a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, 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. Until May 2019 he was the Managing Director of a multidisciplinary contracting firm which has delivered critical infrastructure and civil engineering projects to several public sector clients. 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 NGC in September 2015.

Sean Balkissoon – Director

Sean Balkissoon was appointed Director on the NGC Board on January 28th, 2019. Mr. Balkissoon brings considerable experience to the post, having worked for over 25 years, with focus on the downstream methanol and ammonia industry.

Mr. Balkissoon holds a BSc. In Chemical Engineering (Hons.) from The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine, and an Executive MBA (Hons.) from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

He began his career as a Process Engineer at Trinidad Cement Limited, then progressed through several senior positions at Hydro Agri Trinidad (now Yara), Industrial Plant Services Limited and British Gas Trinidad and Tobago.

In the latter part of his career, Mr. Balkissoon held the role of Regional Manager for Johnson Matthey, a catalyst and technology supplier to the industry. His portfolio included the methanol and ammonia industry sector for the South America region, which has gained him extensive learnings of the regional industry and market opportunities, as well as relationships with key players at major and minor producing companies.

Mr. Balkissoon is a member of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Sandra Fraser – Director

Ms. Sandra Fraser joined NGC’s Board on July 5th 2019, bringing considerable public sector experience to her appointment.

Ms. Fraser holds a BSc in Economics from The University of the West Indies (UWI) and has trained extensively in the Caribbean, South America, the USA and Europe. She began working in the Judiciary Magistracy before taking up a role as an Economist at the Ministry of Works and Transport. Thereafter, she progressed her career at the Ministry of Finance through various positions, and was promoted to Assistant Director (Ag.) of the Economic Management Division.

In 2016, Ms. Fraser was appointed Senior Advisor for Trinidad and Tobago at the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group in Washington for a period of two years. Upon her return, she was called to serve as Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries with responsibilities in the areas of energy research, renewable energy, commercial evaluation, procurement, health and safety and local content. She was appointed as a Director on the Board of NGC in July 2019.

Dan Russell Ethan Martineau – Director

Mr. Martineau joined the NGC Board on July 5th 2019. He holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in International Finance from The University of the West Indies.

Mr. Martineau’s career began in the USA, where he worked for different Trading Groups as a Commodity Trading Assistant and Equity Day Trader. In Trinidad and Tobago, through various portfolios held at BWIA, RBTT, Caribbean Money Market Brokers, ANSA Merchant Bank and the Unit Trust Corporation, he developed core competencies in financial management. These included Securities, Market and Financial Analysis; Financial Operations; Securities Trading; Risk Management and Distressed Asset Analysis.

After managing a private business for three years, Mr. Martineau last joined NCB Global Finance Limited in 2018 as a Portfolio Manager. He was appointed as a Director to the Board of NGC in July 2019.