Mr. Osborne Nurse was first appointed Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29, 2003 for a period of three years. On May 19th 2006 Mr. Nurse was reappointed as Chairman for an additional three year period.
Mr. Nurse is a Management Consultant with a distinguished career in the financial sector. He was the first Chairman of the Association of Caribbean Securities Regulators, a body that was established in 2004, and is geared toward promoting and facilitating the sharing of information among Caribbean Regulators as well as promoting and providing for the coordination of regulatory policies and cooperation among its members.
Mr. Nurse was the General Manager of First Citizens Bank, the Managing Director of Workers Bank (1989) Limited, and the first General Manager of the Deposit Insurance Corporation. He has also specialised in the organization and financial restructuring of several distressed institutions including Workers Bank (1989) Limited and a number of development financial institutions throughout the Region.
Deborah Thomas-Felix was the third Chairman and first female to be appointed to that position. A former career judicial officer, Ms. Thomas-Felix has held several positions as Magistrate, Senior Magistrate, Deputy Chief Magistrate and former Judge of the Industrial Court of Trinidad of Tobago as well as former President of the Family Court of St Vincent and the Grenadines during the period 1990 to 2009.
An attorney of law by profession, Ms. Thomas-Felix is the holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the West Indies, Barbados and a Certificate of Legal Education (LEC) from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad. She also attended American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington DC, USA where she obtained a Masters of Law degree (LLM) in International Legal Studies.
A Fulbright/ Hubert H Humphrey Fellow, Ms. Thomas-Felix underwent her one year fellowship at American University’s Washington College of Law and specialized in the area of Environment Law and Health and Safety. She is also a Fellow of the prestigious Georgetown University’s Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Leadership Seminar and a Fellow of the International Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute. She is a resource person for the Fulbright Board and provides lectures for Fulbright and Humphrey Fellows annually in the USA.
Since her resignation from the Bench in 2009 she opened the Law and Consulting firm of Deborah Thomas-Felix & Associates specializing in Civil, Family and Criminal Law, Industrial Relations matters, International Arbitration and Environmental Advocacy.
Ms. Thomas-Felix was appointed President of the Industrial Court with effect from December 2011.
Commissioner Francis Lewis’ was appointed as a Commissioner at the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission for a term which spanned April 10th 2007 to April 10th 2010. On February 1st 2009 he took up an acting appointment as Chairman Pro Tem in the wake of Chairman Osborne Nurse’s departure on special assignment with the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. He retained that position until November 30th when a new Chairman was appointed.
He is the Principal Consultant, Res Consulting Limited, a management consultancy he started in 1993. He is a Lecturer and Subject Group Head for Marketing at the University of the West Indies - Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (formerly the UWI-Institute of Business), teaching in the Doctoral and Masters programmes.
Vishnu Dhanpaul is a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. He is a former member of staff of the Executive Director’s Office of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. He also served as the President of TIDCO and the Tourism Development Company (TDC). He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chaguaramas Development Authority, a member of the Board of Management of the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority and a former Chairman of the Agricultural Development Bank.
Mr. Dhanpaul was appointed as a Commissioner on the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 19th 2006 and served two terms in office.
Ms. Uchenna Ogbue is an attorney at law who was called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
She has a wide range of international experience in the finance, insurance and energy sectors. Ms. Ogbue has had responsibility for providing legal advice on credit-related and general banking/regulatory issues as well as ensuring compliance with relevant regulatory requirements in two major local commercial banks. She is currently employed as Consultant Counsel in an Energy Sector Company.
Ms. Ogbue was appointed as a Commissioner with effect from January 31st 2011 and resigned with effect from January 31st 2012 owing to time and other constraints, presented by her employment.
Ms. Faydia Mohammed is a practising Attorney-at-Law who obtained her Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) and Post Graduate Diploma in the Legal Practise Course (LPC) in the United Kingdom. Her legal career included six years in the public sector where she worked at the Ministry of the Attorney General and subsequently at the Tourism Development Company Limited. She first practised as an Attorney predominately in Civil Litigation matters at the Chief State Solicitor’s Office, Ministry of the Attorney General. Before that assignment, Ms. Mohammed served as the Paralegal to the Attorney General and the Central Authority Unit which dealt with extradition and mutual legal assistance matters.
Ms. Mohammed tendered her resignation as a Commissioner in accordance with Section 11 (1) (a) of the Securities Act due to her appointment as a Legal Officer at the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT), which is a registrant of the Commission.