Board & Management

                                                                   QH BOARD & MANAGEMENT

                           
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 was an Executive Member of the National Drama Association for seven years.
Ms. Charlene Griffith, Member

Born and raised in the east of Trinidad. She was 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.

Ms. Karla C. Gonzales, Member

Karla C. Gonzales began performing at a young age in school, as a dancer and soon won national dance competitions, allowing her to travel to the USA. Within the following years she began her life in musical theatre, performing alongside Trinidad’s great actors, singers and dancers.

This soon blossomed into lead roles in the television soap operas NO BOUNDARIES and WESTWOOD PARK as well as multiple television ads and voice-overs. However, this latest development only served as another stepping stone for this performer. Within the following years, Karla began singing on countless studio recordings, locally, regionally and internationally, all while performing with local musical bands ATLANTIK, CHARLIE’S ROOTS and ROY CAPE ALL STARS and regional musical band SPICE & Co. And with her talents shining brighter, she soon attracted the attention of French Zouk band KASSAV, who Karla then recorded and toured with for four years. Karla’s time with KASSAV also earned her two Gold Albums, while sharing credits with music greats Stevie Wonder and Tito Puentes. Karla later shared Jazz Festival stages with Erykah Badu, Gladys Knight, Miriam Makeba, Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige, to name a few.

Within the last few years, Karla turned her focus back to studies, graduating at the top of her class from the University of the West Indies as well as getting her first book, FROM TEARS TO LIP GLOSS, published by Plain Vision Publishing, all the while stage managing local plays and musical performances, along with working behind the scenes for international movies such as Grown Girls Getaway, produced by US based Bobcat Films. In 2019, Karla was honored by the Trinbagonian Unified Calypsonians Organization for all her work in the industry. At the beginning of 2021, Karla finally released her new music video, “SECRETS”.

Mr. Victor N. Prescod, Member

A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago who has been a Choral Clinician and Adjudicator at numerous Festivals and Competitions in Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean. For many years he has presented workshops on vocal production to School Teachers, Choral Conductors and Singers, as well as workshops in Education and Music Education to School Administrators and Teachers.

The founding Musical Director of the PresCon Alumni Choir (now ‘Genesis Chorale’) in his hometown of San Fernando, Mr. Prescod has worked with several Steel Orchestras (most notably Caribbean Airlines Skiffle, with which he has been associated since 1986) and has served as the Musical Director for highly-acclaimed productions of: Jesus Christ Superstar; West Side Story; Les Miserablés School Edition; and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as the Children’s musicals: Big Bad – the Musical; Law and Order ([C]rhyme and [Pun]ishment; and, currently, Alice@Wonderland. He has also served as a Rehearsal Director and Conductor for the Lydians (Lydian Singers and Lydian Steel). Most recently, he was the Musical Director for Brian MacFarlane Productions’ ‘Reflect’ and served as that organisation’s Assistant Musical Director for its 2018 production of ‘Christmas Joy’.

In the Public Service, he has served as a Teacher, Curriculum Officer and Project Coordinator (Pan In The Classroom Project Unit) in the Ministry of Education and was the former Chairman of The Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival Association.

Mr. John Thomas, Member

John Thomas, local tenor, impresario, music educator calls himself a proud Arimian and son of the soil of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a graduate of The State University of New York, and holds an ATCL from the Trinity Guildhall of Music. The award-winning tenor, titled “Best Tenor of the Festival” at the T&T’S biennial Music Festival is presently musical director of The Eastern Chorale, The St Joseph’s Convent POS Choir and The St Mary’s Collage Choir. Thomas hold’s five (4) National Youth Awards for Youth in Leadership, Music, Community Service, Performing Arts and was awarded by the Mayor of Arima for “Excellence in Community Service” to the burgesses of the Royal Chartered Borough of Arima.

Chairman of The Eastern Performing Arts Fraternity, and CEO at “John Thomas Productions” John enjoys producing shows around the country. The concert series ” Believe” today has earned a national following where the impresario currently explores the use of technologies, still allowing his cast, crew and patrons to safely enjoy both live and virtual performances during this pandemic. Being dyslexic, the educator continues to raise awareness of the disorder and encourages the use of music as a learning tool for young children with dyslexia.

Ms. Cindy Lemet, Member
Ms. Cindy Lemet is a dedicated and dynamic Human Resources Professional with over 14 years experience in core HR functions within a multinational environment. She excels in building strong interpersonal relationships and possesses a deep understanding of working with diverse cultural backgrounds. Renowned for her customer-centric approach, effective communication skills, and teamwork, Ms. Lemet is committed to maintaining high standards of integrity, impartiality, and collaboration to foster a positive and productive work environment.

She is solution-focused and driven to achieve organizational goals.She holds an M.Sc. in Human Resources Management from Heriot-Watt University, UK, a B.A. (Hons) in Business Management from Anglia Ruskin University, UK, an Advanced Diploma in Administrative Management from the Institute of Administrative Management, UK, and a Professional Certificate in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University, Canada, in collaboration with Arthur Lok Jack GSB, Trinidad. Currently, Ms. Lemet serves on the Board of Directors at the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation.

Ms. Michele Isaac-Constantine, Member

Michele Isaac-Constantine is a proud Citizen of Trinidad and Tobago who loves her Country, the Culture and people. She is currently the Facilities Manager of Nicholas Tower Limited, a subsidiary of the Nicholas Group of Companies, serving for the past twelve years plus. The Facilities Manager’s field is dominated by males and as a female Professional, Michele is extremely proud and excited to share her skills and expertise to manage the high-rise building strategically located in downtown Port of Spain.

Ms. Isaac-Constantine has a wealth of experience in the Co-operative Sector for over thirty-five years and has served in various capacities at the Management and Strategic level, serving as a former Board of Director and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of several Credit Unions. Her strength over the years has been reflected in Administration, Records Management and Customer Relationship Management which are necessary to ensure that there is operational efficiency to propel success at any organization.

My love for people has transitioned into selfless service to the Community where I reside ensuring that Security, health and Safety issues are addressed. The collective experience in Credit Union Management, Facilities and Event Management allows me to use the professional skills obtained over the years, to contribute in a meaningful way, as a Member of the Board of this auspicious Organization.

Mr. Garfield George, General Manager
Garfield George (born 7 March 1975) is a business executive who specializes in strategies harmonizing processes, to take companies to the next level in growth and profitability.  His 20+ year career, extends across business strategies, organizational development, operations, corporate sustainability, corporate finance, learning strategy and change management.Mr. George is the Founder and Chief Consultant of Dynamic Youth Foundation, a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) established to promote the Creative Arts Industry as a career opportunity.Achievements have included bolstering program support paving the way for organization’s success and multiplying grant funding.In 2020 Mr. George joined the Queen’s Hall as General Manager.  He identified and implemented strategic initiatives which addressed multiple business areas and resolved persistent challenges.  His innovative strategies developed have ushered the organization into the digital age, accelerated processes, strengthened regulatory compliance and much more.Mr. George holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), Certified Educator in Festival Development and Professional Development and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).