Board of Directors

The Board of Directors comprises nine (9) members, of which three are executive and six are non-executive.

Mr. Faarees Hosein
Chairman
Mr. Noel Wood, Chief Executive Officer, The Nation Corporation
Mrs. Dawn Thomas
Group Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Grenville Phillips CBE, JP
Mr. Michael Carballo
Mr. Peter G. Symmonds Q.C
Mr. Gregory Thomson
Mr. Douglas Wilson Managing Director, General Manager, Trinidad Express Newspapers
Mrs. Rene Kowlessar

Executive Team

Mrs. Dawn Thomas
Group Chief Executive Officer, One Caribbean Media
Mr. Douglas Wilson, Executive Director / General Manager, Trinidad Express Newspapers
Mr. Noel Wood, Chief Executive Officer, The Nation Corporation
Ms. Karlene Ng Tang, Group Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary, One Caribbean Media Limited
Mrs. Miriam Wilson-Edwards , Group Internal Auditor, One Caribbean Media Limited

Mr. Faarees Hosein – Chairman

An Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Faarees Hosein obtained his LLB at Dundee University, Scotland and was called to the Bar of En- gland and Wales at Lincoln’s Inn. He has been in private civil law practice since 1988 in Trinidad and Tobago and was called to the Bars of Barbados in 1991 and Grenada in 1997. Mr. Hosein is also the Chairman of Caribbean Communications Network Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of One Caribbean Media Limited.


Dr. Grenville Phillips – CBE, JP

Dr. Grenville Phillips was a Principal of the Barbados and Eastern Caribbean accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and Managing Director of Colybrand Company Services Limited. He retired on the merger of the international firms of Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse and now practices as a Corporate and Financial consultant.

Dr. Phillips is also a licensed trustee under the Bankruptcy & Insolvency regime of Barbados. He served as Chairman of the Barba- dos National Bank for approximately seven years and as a Director of the Barbados Stock Exchange from its inception until 2016, the last seven years of which as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Phillips gained his Doctorate in Business Administration from Bradford University (UK) in 2004 and also holds professional qualifications in Chartered Secretary ship, Governance, Accounting and Banking.

He is a Justice of the Peace and was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year honors in 2000 for his contribution to accountancy and public service in Barbados.


Mr. Michael Carballo

Mr. Michael Carballo is a Chartered Accountant and Independent Financial Consultant to many companies in Trinidad and Tobago and the region. He has held senior positions at a major Professional Services Firm, prior to joining the Angostura Group of Companies in 1991, where he held various senior Financial and Management positions, including that of Executive Director and Company Secretary. Mr. Carballo was eventually seconded to C.L. Financial Limited in 2008, the parent of Angostura Holdings Limited, where he served as Group Finance Director until 2010. Mr. Carballo also serves on the Board of Grace Kennedy (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited. He is member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants


Mr. Peter G. Symmonds – Q.C.

Mr. Peter G. Symmonds Q.C. is an Attorney at-Law who has been in private practice for forty one years.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of Lon- don and is also a Justice of the Peace in Barbados.

Mr. Symmonds serves as a Director on the Board of Massy United Insurance Limited. He is also a Director of Interim Investment Ltd formerly Rum Refinery of Mount Gay Limited, a privately held company, and a Trustee of The Maria Holder Memorial Trust, and The Brewster Trust, Registered Barbados Charities. He was a Board Member of BS&T for six years prior to its acquisition by Massy Holdings Limited and former Board Member of Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited for fourteen years.


Mr. Gregory Thomson

Mr. Gregory Thomson is a retired banker with over forty years’ experience in Banking, Investments and Finance. He was the Deputy Managing Director of Republic Bank Limited prior to his retirement in 2012.

Mr. Thomson holds a BSc. in Mathematics and Physics from The University of the West Indies and a MBA from The University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is presently on the Boards of Republic Financial Holdings Ltd, Republic Bank Limited, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited and Caribbean Information & Credit Rating Services Limited.


Mrs. Rene Kowlessar 

Mrs. Renee Kowlessar’s experience spans many years in public accounting in Toronto and Barbados, and in finance and management in both the onshore and offshore banking sectors in Barbados.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting from McGill University in Montreal Canada, a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados.

Mrs. Kowlessar has completed the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada- Director Education and Accreditation Program.

She has served as a Director of Goddard Enterprises Limited and Director and Audit Committee Chair of First Citizens Bank (Barba- dos) Limited. She currently serves on a number of Boards in the financial services sector, as well as sits as a Trustee of The Cherry Tree Trust, a charitable organization in Barbados.


Executive Team

Mrs. Dawn Thomas – Group Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Thomas is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer of One Caribbean Media Limited (OCM). Prior to her present appointment she served for four years as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Communications Network Limited, a subsidiary of the OCM Group.

Prior to her tenure with the OCM Group, she spent fifteen years with the Massy Group and held the position of CEO of Tracmac Engineering Limited. During her appointment with the Massy Group, Mrs. Thomas worked with the energy, construction, agricultural, industrial and marine sectors of the economy. Mrs. Thomas also served as a Director on the Board of Massy Energy, Associated Brands Ltd. (Guyana) and Massy Finance.

Mrs. Thomas is the past Vice Chairman of the International Press Institute headquartered in Vienna, Austria. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of OCM and the Caribbean Media Corporation in Barbados. She also serves as a Director of RBC Merchant Bank (Caribbean) Limited and RBC Royal Bank (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited.

Mrs. Thomas holds a BSc. Industrial Engineering (Hons) Degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and also completed an Executive Development Programme at the University of Western Ontario.


Mr. Douglas Wilson – Managing Director, General Manager, Trinidad Express Newspapers

Mr. Douglas Wilson who joined the Trinidad Express Newspapers in 2014 has over twenty years’ experience in the newspaper industry. In his early professional career, he held positions in ICT, focused on business soft- ware development with a consulting firm, in banking and with a government statutory body, prior to joining the newspaper industry, and at which point shifted into Operations Management.

Mr. Wilson is the holder of BSc. Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of the West Indies, a MBA from UWI Institute of Business and an advanced diploma in Accounting and Finance.

Within the Group he presently serves on the Boards of Nation Publishing Company Limited and One Caribbean Flexipac Industries and Solutions Limited. He also previously served as a Director of ANSA Polymer Limited.


Mr. Noel Wood – Chief Executive Officer (AG) / Financial Controller the National Corporation

Mr. Noel Wood is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Nation Corporation, the Barbadian subsidiary of the OCM Group. Prior to his taking up the position of CEO, he served for thirteen years as the Group Financial Controller/ Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Wood is an experienced leader, finance professional and chartered accountant with a strong record of financial management and strategy implementation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB) and holds a MBA in Finance from City University, London. He is a Director on the Boards of The Nation Corporation, The Nation Publishing Co. Limited, Starcom Network Inc., Innogen Technologies Inc. and SVG Publishers Inc. During his tenure, he completed several developmental and training programmes including the Business Executive Program at Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada and has played a pivotal role in several projects that has driven the success of the Nation Group.


Ms. Karlene Ng Tang – Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary One Caribbean Media LTD.

Ms. Karlene Ng Tang joined Caribbean Communications Network Limited (CCN Group) in 1998 as the Group Financial Accountant and assumed the role of Group Financial Controller from 2009 to 2017.

In 2017 she was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Company Company Secretary of One Caribbean Media Limited.

Ms. Ng Tang is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a MBA with a Specialism in Finance (Distinction) from the Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. She has over twenty three years’ experience in the media industry, including twelve years in executive management. Her experience includes audit, financial accounting and management, budgeting, treasury management and related activities.

Ms. Ng Tang serves as a Director on the Board of The Express Children’s Fund. 


Mrs. Miriam Wilson-Edwards – Group Internal Auditor , One Caribbean Media LTD.

Mrs. Miriam Wilson-Edwards joined the Group in 2019 with over nineteen years’ experience in the field of internal auditing. She spent over twelve years heading the Internal Audit Department of a Property Development Company and several years conducting audit engagements in various sectors for a conglomerate with subsidiaries spanning the Caribbean. She also served the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Trinidad and Tobago as an Executive, Governor and Chairman of the Board; and is a Volunteer Instructor for the IIA Inc. USA.

Mrs. Wilson-Edwards holds a BSc. (Hons) in Economics/Finance, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA); holds Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and a MBA with Distinction from the Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She is also an Associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 


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