The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has appointed the following citizens to be the Board of Directors of NGC:
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors at The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
Gerry C. Brooks – Chairman
Chairman of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) & The NGC Group of Companies
Professor Gerry C. Brooks is Chairman of the NGC group of companies. He is the retired group Chief Operating Officer of the regional conglomerate and publicly held group, ANSA McAL. He serves on the Board of NEL and TSTT where he chairs the Investment Committee and the Tenders Committee of NEL and TSTT respectively.
He is an Attorney at Law and has served four years unopposed as the Vice President of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. A graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School and The University of the West Indies, he was awarded the title of “Distinguished Alumnus of the University of the West Indies in 2014 and “Professor in Practice” in 2018.
Professor Brooks is 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 chaired its Finance and Investment Committee for ten years.
A regional thought leader, he is the immediate past President of the Family Planning Association, serving the Association for 22 years. He is a Certified Mediator and Chartered Arbitrator.
Professor Brooks has been honoured by Rotary International and his Alumni, Queen’s Royal College. He is also a member of the Standing Energy Subcommittee of the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago.
Samuel Aldwyn Martin – Deputy Chairman
Samuel Aldwyn Martin was appointed Deputy Chairman of the NGC Board on January 28th, 2019.
Mr. Martin holds a BA in Politics and Economics from The University of the West Indies (UWI), an MA in Economics from Yale University and an MSc. in Clinical Consulting and Coaching from the HEC University in Paris, France.
Samuel A. Martin began his career as a Budget Analyst at the Ministry of Finance, and was promoted through the ranks to Economist, Senior Economist and then Director of the Project Finance Unit. As his career progressed, he was appointed Deputy Head of BWIA, President of the former Iron and Steel Company of Trinidad and Tobago and Managing Director of ALGICO. He retired in 2004 after 10 years of service as CEO of Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT). Since then, Mr. Martin has been working as a consultant in organisational transformation in association with the Forum for Social Innovation based in Paris.
Mr. Martin has chaired several Boards, including the Board of First Citizens Bank Limited, the Board of Governors of the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund, the Trinidad and Tobago International Finance Centre and TSTT, and has also held Directorship on the Board of Citibank in Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently the Chairman of the KCL Financial Group as well as the NGO Cotton Tree Foundation.
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 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)
Mr. Ganness has had global training and office and offshore field assignments in upstream petroleum operations. He has since become the Founder and Managing Director of a multidisciplinary contracting firm which 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 2011, 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 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).