The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has appointed the following citizens to be the Board of Directors of National Energy:
Gerry C. Brooks – Chairman
Professor Gerry C. Brooks was recently appointed Chairman of the NGC Group of Companies (The National Gas Company, National Energy, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited and NGC CNG Limited) by the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He is the retired group Chief Operating Officer of the regional conglomerate and publicly held group, ANSA McAL.
Professor Brooks is an Attorney at Law and has served as the Vice President of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago for the past three years. A graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School and the University of the West Indies, he was recently awarded the title of “Distinguished Alumnus of the University of the West Indies. Professor Brooks is also 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 also chaired its Finance and Investment Committee for ten years.
A regional thought leader, he is the President of the Family Planning Association. He has been honored by Rotary International, his Alumni, Queen’s Royal College and other key institutions in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. He is also a member of the Standing Energy Subcommittee of the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago.
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 National Energy in September 2015.
Sean Balkissoon – Director
Sean Balkissoon was appointed Director on the National Energy Board on 19 February 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..
Arnold De Four – Director
Mr. Arnold De Four retired from The National Gas Company of Trinidad &Tobago Ltd (NGC) as Vice President, Commercial in 2012. During his more than thirty (30) years of experience at NGC and its affiliated companies, he has held several positions of ever increasing responsibility in the domestic energy sector, bringing to the post of Vice President considerable experience in the areas of accounting and financial management, business development, contract negotiation and project management.
In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Atlantic), Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd. (PPGPL), The Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline Company Limited (ECGPC), The Energy Chamber and the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago (AMCHAM). He was also a frequent presenter at local and international seminars and forums on energy matters and the global gas industry.
Mr. De Four holds a B.Sc., Accounting from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada. He has also received advanced executive training from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College) amongst others.
Currently, Mr. De Four is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at MSD Associates Ltd., a private consultancy established to initiate and develop natural gas-based energy projects in new and emerging markets.
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.
Wade A. Hamilton – Director
Wade Anthony Hamilton is a Trinidadian Registered Engineer with the Board of Engineering Trinidad & Tobago and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad & Tobago.
He earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration at The University of the West Indies Institute of Business Trinidad in 2000 and his Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1983 and a Diploma in Engineering at St Mary’s University, Halifax.
He has 32 years’ experience in the local energy sector in the management and development of major capital infrastructure projects both onshore and offshore. He is now a consultant in private practice after retiring as Vice President, Technical Services at The National Gas Company (NGC) in October 2014.
He joined National Energy in 1983 as a process engineer for the start-up, commissioning and operations of the country’s first locally owned methanol and urea plants. At National Energy, he was also actively involved in undertaking technical and economic evaluations for new energy-based projects. He joined NGC in 1990 as Engineer in the Engineering Services Division, moving up through the organisation over the years in the area of Offshore Operations, Offshore Compression Operations, Business Development and Light Industrial Commercial Marketing.
At NGC, Mr. Hamilton was actively involved in the development of the country’s first LNG plant at Point Fortin. He has worked on many technical studies such as the initiative for the development of an Ethylene and Gas-to-Liquids Complex, LNG and CNG for the Caribbean, as well as the expansion of the PPGPL NGL processing facility in Trinidad. He was also responsible for the execution of major onshore and offshore pipeline infrastructure projects.
Mr. Hamilton had several articles published and has presented a number of papers locally and internationally. He has served on the Board of American Chamber of Commerce Trinidad & Tobago and several local committees for the development of the energy sector of Trinidad and Tobago.