The Board of Directors comprises nine (9) members, of which three are executive and six are non-executive.
Mr. Faarees Hosein Chairman
Mrs. Dawn Thomas
Dr. Grenville Phillips
Mr. Michael Carballo
Mr. Peter G. Symmonds
Mr. Anthony Shaw
Mr. Gregory Thomson
Mrs. Rene Kowlessar
Mr. Douglas Wilson
An Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Faarees Hosein obtained his LLB at Dundee University, Scotland and was called to the Bar of England 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 the Chairman of Caribbean Communications Network Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of One Caribbean Media Limited.
Dawn Thomas is the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of One Caribbean Media Ltd. (OCM) since 2011. Prior to her present appointment she served for four years as the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Caribbean Communications Network Limited (CCN), a subsidiary of the OCM Group.
OCM is the largest and most diversified media organization in the Caribbean. It comprises the Express newspaper, television station – CCN TV6 and 5 radio stations in Trinidad & Tobago, the Nation newspaper and Starcom Network radio stations in Barbados, the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) in Grenada and radio services in five Eastern Caribbean islands.
Prior to her tenure with the OCM Group, she spent fifteen (15) years with the Neal and Massy Group and held the position of CEO of Tracmac Engineering Limited. During her appointment with the N&M Group, Mrs. Thomas worked with the energy, construction, agriculture, industrial and marine sectors of the economy. Mrs. Thomas also served as a Director on the Board of Neal and Massy Energy Services Ltd., Associated Brands Ltd. (Guyana) and General Finance Corporation Limited.
Mrs. Thomas currently serves on the Board of Directors of One Caribbean Media Ltd. (OCM) and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) in Barbados. She is currently a Vice Chairman of the International Press Institute (IPI) headquartered in Vienna, Austria and she is the Chairman of the Caribbean News Agency (CANA) in Barbados.
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.
Dr. Grenville Phillips – Director
Dr Grenville Phillips retired as a Principal of the Barbados and Eastern Caribbean practices of Coopers & Lybrand and Managing Director of Colybrand Company Services Limited on the merger of the international firms of Coopers & Lybrand with Price Waterhouse in 1998. He now practices as a private corporate and financial consultant. Dr. Phillips served as Chairman of the Barbados National Bank for approximately seven (7) years and as a director of the Barbados Stock Exchange from its inception. He gained his doctorate from Bradford University (UK) in 2004 and holds professional qualifications in Chartered Secretarial, Accounting and Banking. Dr. Phillips was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year honour in 2000 for his contribution to accountancy and public service in Barbados.
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 Angostua 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 is member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered and Certified Accountants.
Peter Symmonds Q.C. is an Attorney-at-Law who has been in private practice for 32 years. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Laws (LL.M) from the University of London and is also a Justice of the Peace in Barbados.
Mr. Symmonds serves as a Director on Republic Bank (Barbados) Limited (formerly Barbados National Bank Inc.) and United Insurances Company Limited. He was a Board Member of BS&T for 6 years prior to its acquisition by Neal & Massy. He is also a Director of the 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.
Mr. Anthony Shaw – Chief Executive Officer, The Nation Corporation
Mr. Anthony Shaw has a career that spans over 30 years in the finance industry, at both operational and executive levels. He possesses a proven track record of success and has a well-rounded background with a strong strategic, financial and sales orientation.
Mr. Shaw was the Chief Executive Officer of Signia Financial Group Inc. and played a pivotal role in the development and growth of that organization.
He is the holder of BComm, Accounting and Management Information Systems, McGill University and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He also has a deep knowledge of the Nation having served eight (8) years as a Director in the Nation Group.
The Jamaican-born Mr Shaw, who has been a resident of Barbados since 1992, is involved in the Barbados Business Trust which focuses on mentoring young entrepreneurs. He is an active Rotarian which organisation assists several charitable groups. He supports domestic violence initiatives and has been involved in various community activities at the Nation.
Mr. Gregory Thomson – Director
Mr. Gregory Thomson is a retired banker with over 40 years’ experience in Banking, Investments and Finance. He was the Deputy Managing Director of Republic Bank Limited prior to his retirement in 2012.
Mr. Thompson 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 and Republic Bank Limited.
Mrs. Rene Kowlessar – Director
Mrs. Rene 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 also completed the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Canada Director Education and Accreditation Program.
She also holds a Professional Coaching Certification. Mrs. Kowlessar has served as a Director of Goddard Enterprises Ltd and Director and Audit Committee Chair of First Citizens Bank (Barbados) Limited.
She currently sits as a Director and Trustee of The Cherry Tree Trust, a charitable organization in Barbados.
Mr. Douglas Wilson, General Manager, Trinidad Express Newspapers
Mr. Douglas Wilson, who joined the Trinidad Express Newspapers in 2014, has over 20 years’ experience in the newspaper industry. He earlier held positions in consulting, banking and government in in the field of software development before a focus in Operations Management.
Douglas is the holder of a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of the West Indies. He holds an advanced diploma in Accounting and Finance C.DipAF and an MBA from UWI – Institute of Business.
He also served as a Director of ANSA Polymer Ltd.