The Securities Act, 2012, allowed for the expansion of the Board of Commissioners to no more than nine (9) nor fewer than five (5) members including the Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, an attorney at law of at least ten (10) years standing and a representative from the Ministry of Finance. Commissioners can hold office for a period not exceeding three years and are eligible for re-appointment. The first Board of Commissioners was appointed in April 1997.
Mr. Douglas Mendes, SC – Chairman
Mr. Douglas Mendes SC is a lawyer, former judge and academic. He was a judge of the Court of Appeal of Belize for the period March 2011 to March 2014 and a temporary judge of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago during the period April to September 1998. He was also a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies (UWI) for a period of 14 years, ending in 2012, when he took up his judicial appointment in Belize. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Counsel and became a member of the Inner Bar of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
He has litigated numerous human rights, constitutional and administrative law cases as a senior legal practitioner across the Caribbean and before the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
He was the coordinator of the Coalition for Social Justice and Human Rights (1994-1997) and is the Vice President of the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights. He is also the Honorary Legal Counsel of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
In 2011, Mr. Mendes completed a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford (with distinction). Mr. Mendes was appointed as Chairman of the TTSEC on April 25, 2016 and will serve in this position for two years.
Mrs. Enid Zephyrine – Deputy Chairman
Mrs. Enid Zephyrine is a financial management and development finance expert with over thirty years’ shared experience in both the Public Sector and Financial Services Sector. She served as a Senior Advisor and member of the Board of Directors of the World Bank Group, in Washington DC, as Executive Director Investment/Divestment with responsibility for monitoring the State Enterprises under the purview of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GOTT) and as Director, Economic Management with responsibility for the macro fiscal and debt management portfolio of GOTT. She also served as a Senior Budget Analyst and a Financial Analyst within the Ministry of Finance of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She previously served as a Governor on the Board of Management of the Heritage and Stabilization Fund.
Mrs. Zephyrine is a Chartered Certified Accountant by profession and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom. She attended Brunel University in the United Kingdom where she obtained the MSc. in International Money, Finance and Investment. Mrs. Zephyrine is the holder of a BSc. (Hons.) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom and also holds Post Graduate Qualification in Project Planning Appraisal and Management from Bradford University in the United Kingdom. She also attended the University of the West Indies where she obtained the Certificate in Public Administration. Mrs. Zephyrine was appointed as Madam Deputy Chair of the TTSEC on April 25, 2016 and will serve in this position for two years.
Mrs. Suzette Taylor-Lee Chee
Mrs. Suzette Taylor-Lee Chee is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance (Ag.) with effect from September 2015. Prior to her current assignment, she served as Deputy Permanent Secretary from March 2014. Mrs Taylor-Lee Chee’s portfolio at the Ministry of Finance includes, Public Debt Administration and Management, Macro Fiscal Policy and Programming, Taxation Policy, and the GORTT’s relationship with the Credit Rating Agencies and Multilateral Financial Institutions such as the IMF, World Bank and the IDB. Mrs Taylor-Lee Chee is also responsible for the Ministry of Finance’s interaction with CARICOM and its various organs and serves on the board of the Barbados-based Caricom Development Fund.
Between 2009 and 2010 she was assigned to the World Bank in Washington DC, as the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s representative to the World Bank; situated in the office of the Executive Director with responsibility for Brazil, Columbia, the Philippines, Suriname, Haiti, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago.
Mrs Taylor-Lee Chee possesses a B.Sc. degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (1991) and a Masters of Business Administration, from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland (2007).
Her appointment was effected on March 17th 2014 and she is currently serving her second term as Commissioner.
Mr. Imtiaz Hosein
Mr. Imtiaz Hosein holds a distinguished career in the area of finance and business management and has over twenty five (25) years of diversified experience both in the Private sector and Government agencies. His main areas of expertise are Leadership and Business Management, Financial Management, Accounting, Corporate Services, Internal Audit and Quality Management.
Mr Hosein is a holder of a first degree in Industrial Management and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He is a Certified Chartered Accountant having his FCCA qualifications, a Certified Quality Manager (CQM) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Mr. Hosein was appointed as a Commissioner of the TTSEC on April 25, 2016 and will serve in this position for two years.
Mr. Patrick Solomon
Mr. Patrick Solomon is a Central Banker for over twenty years. He started his career in the Bank Inspections department where he spent 15 years and 5 years in other departments. He was also in charge of Internal Audit, Risk Management, Security and Facilities Management.
Mr. Solomon has a balanced blend of experience since he functioned as a Vice President at Citigroup for seven years in the capacity of Head of Compliance and Quality Assurance. He also was seconded for two years to The Unit Trust Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago as part of the Executive Team assisting the Executive Director in establishing and embedding a risk management framework for that entity.
Mr. Solomon is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services. He served as President of the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBAF) during the 2003/2004 term and received a Fellowship from that institution in 2005 for his contribution to the development of the institution. In addition he is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago (ICATT).
Mr. Patrick Solomon currently holds the position of Senior Specialist Advisor, Corporate Governance, Controls and Compliance. He was appointed as a Commissioner of the TTSEC on April 25, 2016 and will serve in this position for two years.