Board & Management

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Dr Helmer Hilwig, Chairman Dr. Helmer Hilwig, Chairman
Born in the Netherlands, Dr Hilwig is a medical doctor by profession. He came to Trinidad in 1983, to stay for one year, but 23 years later he is still here and at present the Clinical Director of Occupational Health and Priority Care Facility Departments at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.His involvement in theatre dates back to his university-days when he joined one of the major Dutch Theatre companies and soon extended into film and television. He has been very involved in local theatre since his arrival as actor or director and worked with The Bagasse Company, Raymond Choo Kong Productions, The Love Movement, PresCon Choir, Brian MacFarlane Productions, Nancy Jackman and Christopher Rodriguez to name a few.He is an Executive Member of the National Drama Association for the past seven years.
DSC_0049 Ms. Nisa Suepaul, Deputy Chairman

San Fernando born Nisa Suepaul is a Curriculum Officer – Business Studies, Ministry of Education. Her goal is to motivate education practitioners nationally, regionally and globally to ensure holistically developed students who can positively contribute to society.Ms. Suepaul has a Diploma in Education from the University of the West indies, a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from the School of Business & Computer Science and a Master of Education in Educational Studies from the UK’s University of Sheffield. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics in June 1997.

In her spare time, she has served as the Secretary of the Cunaripo Dharmic Sabha SDMS Branch and is currently a member of the Cunaripo Hindu Women’s Group and an Executive committee member of the SDMS North East Region HIV/AIDS Coordinating Committee.

Of utmost importance to her are her strong spiritual beliefs, family, community and nation building.

charlismile Ms. Charlene Griffith, Member

Born and raised in the east of Trinidad. She is the Personal Assistant to the Minister of Marine and Land Resources.

She is a singer/songwriter and the co-founder of the group 2Ntrigue, who was known for pioneering the genre presently called “Island Pop”. Ms. Griffith’s goal is to assist in developing young artistes and motivating young women to embrace and develop themselves. She spent five years between Trinidad , Atlanta and New York working with producers and developing the sound for other artistes. On her return to Trinidad and Tobago she was frontline for a Soca Band and entered the Soca Monarch Competition in 2013. She also represented Trinidad and Tobago internationally with other entertainers to showcase the country’s culture.

She holds a Diploma in Festival Development and has marketed several events and concerts in the USA and the Virgin Islands. She is also the founder/owner of Islandholik Entertainment , a young company geared towards promoting culture , music, fashion and events from the Caribbean.

She is a strong believer in faith and an optimist by heart.

Heather Henderson-Gordon, Member Mrs. Heather Henderson-Gordon, Member

Heather was a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre and attended the Martha Graham School of Dance where she attained the Advanced syllabus level. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree major in Dance, from the well-renouned Juilliard School in New York. As Artistic Director of her school La Danse Caraibe, which has recently celebrated its 25th year, Heather has produced many dance productions.Heather furthered her education with a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Enterprise Management from the UWI Festival of Creative Arts, St. Augustine Campus. She held the position as Manager of the Queen’s Hall during the renovation of the Hall in 2002-2004.

Heather is a registered teacher and member of the Royal Academy of Dancing, and a longstanding member of the National Dance Association of Trinidad and Tobago. She has a conscious focus on dance at a national level. Heather is dedicated to the development of training, choreographic content and status of dance in Trinidad & Tobago.

Frank Persad, Member Mr. Frank Persad, Member

Frank Persad was born and resides in Princes Town. He has a family of five which includes two sons and a daughter. He attended Sisters Road A.C Primary School and St Stephen’s College. He served as a teacher for 28 years, followed by 12 years as a Principal. After his Primary School career he continued to serve as a remedial teacher at Rio Claro Secondary School for a further 5 years.Mr. Persad has been and continues to be an avid social worker. He founded and built the first Mandir in St. Julien in 1966 and was also the founder of the first Pre School in the area, The Basdeo Panday E.C.C.E Center – 1984. He continues to serve as Chairman of the E.C.C.E Board of Management and President of the Temple.

His hobbies include Public speaking, Writing Poetry, Travelling, Horticulture, Agriculture and Serving the community at large. He has received awards for his long standing contribution in the field of Education Agriculture and Public Service. He serves the community in all spheres.

Richard Ramlakhansingh, Member Mr. Richard Ramlakhansingh, Member

Richard Ramlakhansingh was born and continues to live in Penal. He is the third of six children. Richard received his education from Penal Presbyterian School, Naparima Teachers’ College and U.W.I. Extra Mural School of Continuing Studies.He taught for fourteen years following a stint of twenty seven years in the Probation Services of Trinidad and Tobago. After retirement he served for two years as a member of the Local Pension Board in Siparia. He is a Member of the Liquor Licensing Committee of the Magisterial District of Point Fortin/La Brea/Cedros since 2000, and a Part-Time Social Worker/Counsellor with the Ministry of Gender Affairs since 2000.

Richard is a member of the National Council of Indian Culture for the past forty two years, a member of its Hall of Pioneers Committee and a member of 103F.M. Radio Hall of Fame Committee.

Yvonne Roberts-White, Member Mrs. Yvonne Roberts-White, General Manager

Yvonne Roberts-White is the General Manager, Queen’s Hall. Yvonne is a highly skilled professional with extensive experience in the fields of senior management, marketing, communications and advocacy. She has brought her leadership skills and superior coordinating ability to bear on development initiatives in the national and regional arenas as evidenced by her success in key postings that she has held over the last twenty years.Prior to joining the Queens Hall team, Yvonne served as Advocacy/ Communications Consultant to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with responsibility for providing technical support to governments and NGOs throughout the Caribbean.

Yvonne holds a Bachelor Business Administration Degree from Pace University, New York and certificates in Strategic Planning for the Senior Manager; Strategic Project Management; Interpersonal Management Skills and Power Communications.

 

Upcoming Events

  1. Etienne Charles Concert- “Folklore”

    October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. COCO Dance Festival

    October 23 @ 8:00 am - October 29 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Friends of Bi-Centennial – Car Boot Sale

    November 4 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm