The Office of Procurement Regulation is a body corporate established pursuant to an Act of Parliament, namely the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act, 2015. The Act aims to provide for public procurement, and for the retention and disposal of public property in accordance with the principles of good governance, namely accountability, integrity, transparency, and value for money and to promote local industry development, sustainable procurement and sustainable development.
Though the Act was assented to on January 14, 2015, it comes into operation on a date to be fixed by the President by proclamation. However, to allow for the establishment of the Office of the Procurement Regulation (OPR), the appointment of the Members of the Board, the performance of certain key functions of the OPR, and the drafting of Regulations, the Act was partially proclaimed by way of Legal Notice 150 of 2015.
The Office of Procurement Regulation is governed by a Board, Members of which are appointed by the President pursuant to Section 10 of the Act. The Members of the present Procurement Board, which was installed in January 2018 are:
Moonilal Lalchan Procurement Regulator and Chairman
James Chang-Kit Deputy Chairman
David Charlerie Member
Frederick Bowen Member
Dr Anthony Lamb Member
Robin Otway Member
Herdis Lee Chee Member
Lara Quentrall-Thomas Member
Sandra Sammy Member
Nadine Bushell Member
Nikoli Edwards Member
Moonilal Lalchan is the Chairman and Procurement Regulator of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
In the past, he has served on the Board of Governors and was also chairman of the Audit Committee of the National Energy Skills Center (NESC), as well as chairman of the Board of Directors of InvestTT Limited and of the Education Facilities Company Limited.
No stranger to directorship in a number of prestigious firms; Moonilal is a former director and vice-president, finance and planning at the Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago, a former director of several RBC financial institutions and the Hotel Facilitation Company Limited.
With charitable work always close to his heart, Moonilal was a director of the Heroes Foundation and several other charitable organisations, in addition to being a past president of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Holding an e-MBA from Auburn University, Alabama, USA and the Advanced Management Program (AMP 165) of Harvard Business School, Moonilal is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago, serving on its council, as well as holding the position of chairman of the Investigation Committee.
As a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants of the UK, he has spoken in conferences in oil and gas and financing in the USA, the UK and the Middle East.
Despite his vast professional repertoire, Moonilal is a committed family man, who occasionally enjoys music, golf, football and cricket.
James Chang Kit is the Deputy Chairman of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
He is an award-winning, Attorney-at-Law, who practices in the areas of family law, probate, conveyancing, civil, company law and employment/industrial relations law.
James holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Legal Education from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, a Bachelor of Law (Upper Second), an MSc in Accounting and a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Management, all from the University of the West Indies (UWI).
James’ academic prowess does not end there, as it spans training and development in the areas of banking, insurance, sports, farming, OSHA, IT, firearms, negotiation skills and many others.
His professional background is equally diverse, as over the past thirty-nine (39) years, James has held positions ranging from senior auditor with Pannell, Kerr Forster & Co. to several executive-level marketing posts with IBM World Trade Corporation and within the distribution and manufacturing industries, with big-brand companies such as Cannings Ltd., the Ansa McAl Group and Holiday Snacks Ltd. He was also the managing director of Management Science Trinidad Ltd., the CEO of Allied Caterers Ltd./Katerserv Ltd. and later went on to form his own business consultancy, J. Chang Kit & Associates/People Resources, specializing in asset optimisation.
James is best known for his hands-on leadership skills, corporate turnaround expertise, successful procurement and negotiation skills and experience at all levels of management.
James is also fond of martial arts and philanthropic work, assisting disabled children and providing relief assistance to natural disaster victims.
David Charlerie is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
He is a management accountant with over twenty-four (24) years’ experience in budgeting, management and financial reporting, with core competencies in financial, strategic and cost analysis, and budget analysis and presentation.
David is particularly adept at public sector accounting principles, having held progressively senior accounting posts in the public service for eighteen (18) years. Today, he is the manager operations at the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation.
David’s academic achievements include a Master’s Degree in International Finance, a certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Detection and SAP Certified Application Associate. He also holds an ACMA, CGMA designation with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Apart from honing accounting prowess, David has developed superb communication skills as a member of the Toastmasters International Club, having held notable positions and copping illustrious speaking titles, including Competent Communicator, Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze status.
David is committed to developing effective personal leadership skills, including emotional intelligence, effective personal productivity and coaching; not only for himself, but also as a community builder and contributor.
Frederick Bowen is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
He holds an MBA (Hons) from Andrews University Michigan USA, a BSc in Industrial Management from UWI, St. Augustine and a post graduate diploma in Purchasing and Supply Management (MCIPS) from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply in London.
Frederick has twenty-nine (29) years’ progressive experience in supply chain management, procurement contract and inventory management with specialisation in the health sector and energy-based industries. Frederick’s experience in the energy sector spans Power Generation, Methanol Production and presently, Natural Gas Liquids processing. Currently, Frederick is the supply chain specialist, reporting to the president of Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited.
Frederick has made significant philanthropic contributions, whilst serving as the president and member of the Rotary Club of Couva/Pt. Lisas and the UWI St. Augustine Alumni Association, in which he is a life member and has been an executive member for over eighteen (18) years. He has also served as president for four terms and represented the St. Augustine branch on the University Council, Board of Graduate Studies and the St. Augustine Campus Council and the UWI Endowment and Development Fund. Additionally, Frederick has held the post of vice chairman on the Board of Directors of the National Maintenance and Security and Training Company (MTS).
Over his career, Frederick has demonstrated strong leadership, analytical, negotiating, networking and communication skills, which have contributed to his track record as a recognized professional in his field.
Frederick is an avid sports fan and supporter of steel pan music.
Dr Anthony Lamb is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
He is a chartered engineer (CEng) with over eighteen (18) years’ experience in the areas of structural analysis, design and assessment of onshore and offshore structures in Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom (UK).
Dr Lamb holds a PhD in Earth Science and Engineering Research with specialisation in Computational Geo-mechanics from Imperial College, London. He received the Chevening Scholarship in 2003 to pursue an MSc obtained with Distinction at the University of Wales, Swansea, in Computational Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics. Dr Lamb also holds a BSc in Civil Engineering (First Class) from The University of the West Indies (UWI).
Additionally, Dr Lamb is a registered engineer (REng) with the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago (BOETT), as well as a chartered marine engineer (CMarEng) and fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, UK (FIMarEST).
Currently a director of engineering with iSIMS Trinidad Limited (iSIMS), Dr. Lamb has responsibility for advanced numerical analysis, asset integrity management and business development. At iSIMS and previous engineering consultancy and construction firms, he has successfully provided engineering support for clients/operators in the commercial, residential and energy sectors in Trinidad and Tobago, and the energy sectors in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), Malaysia and Thailand. Of note, he has also published papers in international academic and professional journals.
Dr Lamb is a member of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain (RCCPOS) and currently serves on the Membership Committee. He has also served on the Club’s Board of Directors, as director of membership, for the 2014 - 2015 Rotary year.
For leisure, Dr Lamb continues to explore numerical solutions for Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) and Computational Geo-Mechanics. Of course, time is also set aside for his eight (8) year old daughter, whose current goal is to beat him at the game of chess.
Robin Otway is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
He is an Attorney-at-Law who studied as an external student at the College of Law, England and completed further developmental courses at the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago, the Dispute Resolution Centre, the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago and ROYTEC.
With forty-one (41) years’ practicing experience, Robin has been a partner and the head of litigation at De Nobriga, Inniss & Co., now called Lex Caribbean and M. Hamel-Smith & Co. Today, he is the sole practitioner in his own firm, Otway and Associates, which services a wide range of clients in the private and public sector, locally and internationally.
Combining his legal expertise with a journalistic flair, Robin has lent his hand to writing several articles and papers and occasionally facilitates and/or lectures, mainly in mediation, with the Dispute Resolution Centre, the University of the West Indies and the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School.
In the interest of giving back, Robin has served a as a committee member of the Chamber of Commerce, is a former senior member of the Council of Law Association, a former assistant tutor at the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School and a former Corporate Secretary at Moraven Holdings Limited and Mora Oil Ventures Limited. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Furness Anchorage General Insurance Company Limited and the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.
Robin loves working with young people and participating in the development of management skills in legal professionals. He also enjoys cycling, table tennis, reading and creative writing.
Herdis Lee Chee is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
He is a uniquely diversified senior executive and advisor in procurement and supply chain management.
Herdis holds an MBA in International Trade, Logistics and Procurement with Distinction from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and a BSc in Economics. Herdis has also undergone extensive training in management, leadership and quality auditing.
With over forty (40) years’ experience in the public and private sectors, Herdis has in-depth experience in the development of contracting strategies, drafting contracts and contract management, development of ITT and tender management.
Some of his key roles include contracts & procurement team lead at British Gas of Trinidad and Tobago, supply chain manager at Tucker Energy Services Limited, procurement and logistics manager at the Public Transport Service Corporation and supply chain management consultant.
Herdis’ passion for people development has engaged him as a part-time, associate lecturer for the MCIPS Professional Graduate Diploma at the Purchasing Supply and Management Tuition Centre and for the Contracts and Procurement Fraud module of the Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Auditing and Fraud, at the College of Science Technology and the Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT).
His desire to serve extends to his parish community, where he is engaged as a member of the Holy Innocence R.C. Church Music Ministry. Herdis has also served as the secretary of St. Benedict’s College Past Students Association and has offered alumni support for recruitment initiatives for the MBA ITLP program at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.
Herdis immensely enjoys football, and has managed the Diamond United Football Team.
Lara Quentrall-Thomas is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
She is a human resource expert with over twenty-six (26) years’ of professional recruiting and HR management experience.
Lara holds an MBA from the Henley School of Management, UK, a certificate in HR Management from UWI ROYTEC, Trinidad and Tobago and a degree in Business Management from the University of West England, UK.
After five (5) years’ spent in the UK as a recruitment consultant and human resources manager respectively, she returned to Trinidad in 1996 to start Regency Recruitment and Resources Limited.
Notably, Lara’s professional experience spans organisational strategic planning and design, contract negotiation, industrial relations, staff development and performance management, creation and facilitation of training programs; including customer service, business etiquette, interviewing skills and professional networking. She also conducts media presentations on job and career related topics and coordinates expatriate relocation programs, and designs and facilitates outplacement and transition services for retrenched workers, including resume and career coaching.
Lara currently serves as the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries and is a director with Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, she holds memberships in several T&T-based Chambers and Associations including the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago, which she co-founded.
Lara is actively engaged in philanthropic endeavors for Rotary International, T&T Dyslexia Association and the Trinidad and Tobago Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to name a few.
Lara loves to travel and participate in social events.
Sandra Sammy is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
Sandra Sammy is a project management professional and civil engineer with over thirty-two (32) years’ experience, holding an BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering, as well as a post graduate certificate in Project Management. Sandra is a registered engineer with the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago (BOETT), a founding member of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) and a fellow of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT).
Sandra’s earlier professional repertoire includes engineering positions held at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), the Public Utilities Commission and the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA). She later served as deputy general manager, logistics at WASA, senior project officer – civil and structural at Northwest Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) and further, as programme manager, Secondary Schools Division, Education Facilities Company Ltd. (EFCL).
With respect to procurement, Sandra has participated extensively in various types of proposal and tender evaluations, from the traditional quotation to the complex two-envelope system, reverse auction and web-based system using analytical hierarchy methodology. No stranger either to research or publication work, Sandra has submitted a number of pieces related to her specialisation.
Of note, Sandra was celebrated and awarded for her contribution to the utilities sector in 2007, at the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment, by the former Minister, Penelope Beckles, in honour of International Women’s Day.
Sandra is also heavily involved in community service through the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago.
Nadine Bushell is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
She is currently the programme coordinator at the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS). At CARICOM IMPACS, Nadine is responsible for managing the Agency’s portfolio of programmes and projects. This involves project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as resource mobilisation.
Nadine’s career has been in the field of development and project planning and management. She has worked in this field in the Public Service of Trinidad and Tobago, in the Ministries of Planning and Development and Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs. Previously, Nadine worked with the United Nations Development Programme Caribbean Sub-regional Resource Facility, based in Trinidad and Tobago.
Nadine has extensive experience liaising and working with various international and regional development agencies and various stakeholders, including government and civil society, to mobilise and to manage the utilisation of development resources, geared towards national and regional development.
Nadine has an MSc in Development and Project Planning and is heavily involved in civil society work in the Caribbean region, through her involvement in the International Association of Lions Club. She is also a past district governor (DG) of district 60A – Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname, and a past council chair for the Caribbean region.
Nadine is very active with the Catholic Commission for Social Justice in Trinidad and Tobago.
Nikoli Edwards is a member of the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
He is a youth advocate, social activist, entrepreneur and communications professional, who is appointed as the youngest independent senator in Trinidad and Tobago and is also the youngest member of the Procurement Board.
Until recently, Nikoli held the international title of vice chairperson policy, advocacy and projects of the Commonwealth Youth Council, which represents 1.2 billion young people. He is also the recipient of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2018 National Youth Award for Youth Activism and as a motivational speaker and facilitator with the Canadian-based organisation, ‘WE Schools’, supports students with their volunteerism efforts in the Caribbean.
Nikoli is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, where he earned a BA in Communication Studies, with a Minor in Theatre Arts, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Mediation Studies. He is currently pursuing an MSc in Mediation Studies.
Nikoli has served in many capacities at the UWI, including on the Guild of Students and as a UWI STAT Ambassador. He is affiliated with several Civil Society Organisations locally, regionally and internationally and is co-chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Advisory Group of the United Nations Population Fund and the founder and executive chairperson of the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Convention. He is also a member of the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago's Comprehensive Sexuality Education Advisory Committee.
Nikoli is passionate about reformation of the local criminal justice system and the advancement of youth across the globe.
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