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 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 (OPR) 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 are:
Moonilal Lalchan Procurement Regulator and Chairman
Robby Bhola Deputy Chairman
Rev. Joy Abdul-Mohan Member
Natasha Ashby Member
Frederick Bowen Member
Nadine Bushell Member
David Charlerie Member
Herdis Lee Chee Member
Anthony Lamb Member
Tracey Rojas Member
Additionally, to effectively execute the functions of the OPR, a highly skilled and competent senior executive management team is retained. These members are:
Aleem Baksh Head, Information Communication Technology
Pastora Brown Head, Procurement Policy Development
Maurissa De La Rosa Head, Procurement Capacity Development
Joy Joseph-Lara Head, Property Disposal
Delrene Liverpool-Young Corporate Secretary
Stasha Mahabir Executive Assistant to the Chairman/Procurement Regulator
Lindy-Ann Mitchell Head, Legal
Nadira Mohammed Head, Finance
Sharda Nanan Head, Audit and Investigations
Tamara Roy Head, Corporate Communications
Kymberly St. Bernard Head, HR & Administration
Moonilal Lalchan MBA, CA, FCCA
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.
ALEEM BAKSH BSc (Hons), MBA (Dist)
Aleem Baksh is the Head, Information Communication Technology at the Office of Procurement Regulation
(OPR), where he is responsible for developing and implementing reliable and secure Information &
Communication Technology (ICT) Systems for the organisation.
Aleem holds a B.Sc. Computer Science (First Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, St
Augustine and an Executive MBA (Distinction) from Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.
Prior to joining the OPR, Aleem worked for 21 years in the IT department of Angostura Ltd, where he started
off as a junior programmer/analyst in 1997. He was quickly promoted to departmental Manager in 2000 and became a Senior Manager in 2006. Prior to leaving in 2018, he was again promoted to Head of Department
in 2008. At Angostura, Aleem was instrumental in developing and implementing many solutions which
contributed to the organisation’s many successes.
Through his vast IT experiences, Aleem has honed 14 years supporting and implementing SAP ERP systems
which has allowed him to support various business processes for Manufacturing, HR, Finance and Sales.
Notably, Aleem has served on the ICT Committee of the Trinidad & Tobago Industry of Chamber & Commerce
for approximately three years, where he held the post of Vice Chair for the then EBITT committee.
He also served as secretary of the Board for two years for a residential community, managing the affairs
of the community of 250+ residents.
Aleem has been a fervent follower of the Catholic faith since 2003 and has been serving monthly as a lector
at the St Charles Roman Catholic Church since 2008. This service is evidence of his life’s mantra “to live a meaningful life with purpose, serving others and to build a better world for future generations to inherit.”
An avid reader, Aleem also loves to travel and host friends and family to sample his culinary delights.
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