Board of Directors
Amalia Maharaj – Chairperson
Amalia is an Attorney at Law and is a partner in the law firm of Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide & Jacelon. She is the Service Line Leader of the Corporate and Commercial Department and specializes in commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, securities and banking and finance transactions. She is the mother of one son in Grade 8.
Amalia serves as a Director on the Boards of public company Agostini’s Limited and state company, InvesTT Limited as well as is actively involved with several charitable foundations.
During her son’s time at Maple Leaf, Amalia has acted as Assistant Class Representative on numerous occasions and has served on the Board of Directors of Maple Leaf since 2014.
Robin Ayoung is currently the Senior Human Resources Business Partner for the Royal Bank of Canada. In his role, Robin supports the Bank’s Technology & Operations Strategy & Transformation group and Chief Data Officer and is responsible to provide leadership and advice and counsel on all aspects of Human Resources including talent management, leadership development, employee engagement, compensation management, performance enablement, organizational design and change management.
James Camacho (Sagicor Representative)
James is the Vice President of Operations of the Trinidad Branch of Sagicor Life Inc. He is also a Member of various Committees within the Sagicor Group of Companies. He is an actuary by profession specialising in Pensions for over 30 years. He is currently the President of the Association of Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Companies.
John Herde is currently the CEO of Linda’s Bakery Limited and a member of the company’s board of directors. He joined Linda’s in 2011, bringing 15 years of food industry leadership, retail expertise and executive management experience in his role with the company.
John manages the corporate direction and strategy at Linda’s, facilitating company activity in retail operations, manufacturing, sales and marketing. Since joining Linda’s, John has worked to share the Linda’s strategy and vision with customers, partners and shareholders.
In addition to his retail industry experience, John has held sales and marketing positions within the food distribution sectors. His areas of expertise are sales, marketing, logistics, retail and manufacturing operations.
John currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada).
John’s wife, Jody, operates her own personal care business and spends the balance of her time raising three children who all attend Maple Leaf International School.
Sean has worked in the Oil & Gas Industry since 1992, working in countries such as Venezuela, Mexico, France, Scotland, Nigeria & Trinidad. He is currently the Managing Director for Schlumberger Caribbean.
Sean has a daughter at the school and has been a member of the Maple Leaf Community since 2003.
Kent Jeary graduated from University of Toronto in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Philosophy of Logic with a minor in Math.
He currently holds the following positions:
· Managing Director of MCS Software Ltd
· Head of the Software Engineering Department of MCS Software Ltd
· Chairman of the Fatima Old Boys Sub-Committee for Sponsorship
· Chairman of the Haleland Park Residents association Board
He has been providing computer-related services for 30 years, with over 25 years’ experience in software engineering and has designed and developed more than 20 different systems including Micropay, MicroHR, MicroMarina and MicroJobs.
Natasha is a lawyer who had her own practice at Chancery Chambers as a sole practitioner in Civil, Constitutional and Industrial Relations Law. In 2010, Natasha closed her practice as her family continued to grow, and has recently begun taking on some legal work on a case-by-case basis. Natasha is a mother of three, with one son having graduated from Maple Leaf, one daughter in Grade 3 and a son in Grade 1.
She is an avid sportswoman, having represented Trinidad & Tobago on the National Hockey Under 19 and Senior Teams.
Natasha has served on the Maple Leaf PTA as Assistant Secretary before joining the Board in 2014.
Zack Troy Nadur
Mr. Zack Nadur is a Partner at EY in the Transaction Advisory Services division with specific responsibility for engagements in Trinidad, Barbados, Dutch Antilles, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean. He is based in the Trinidad office and has been involved in a broad range of business advisory roles throughout the Caribbean for a number of public sector, large conglomerates and entrepreneurial companies.
He has over twenty years of experience as a professional and his focus is on corporate and project financing for clients in the retail and distribution, manufacturing, hotel, tourism services and real estate development sectors. He also specializes in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, valuations, financial restructuring, turnaround advisory, transaction and strategic advisory.
Mr. Nadur has significant relevant divestment experience, including conducting business and asset valuations, preparing information Memorandum, assisting with the preparation of data rooms, development of sell-side due diligence reports, advising on the divestment of assets through every stage of the deal lifecycle and working alongside the seller’s legal and other financial advisors.
Qualifications: • MBA (Honours Gold Medal) Financial Management Iona College, New York, USA • BBA (Magna cum laude) Public Accounting Iona College, New York, USA • Successfully passed the CPA exam in NY, 1995
Giselle Thompson is the Vice President Corporate Operations for BP Trinidad and Tobago. In this role she holds accountability for the corporate functions of Communications and External Affairs, Ethics and Compliance, Facilities and Management Services, Security and Integrated Risk Management.
Giselle is responsible for the management of the company’s external facing strategy and reputation. This includes the management of the company’s internal and external communications and overseeing all interactions between BPTT and external stakeholders including the government, business partners and the community. Giselle first joined BPTT in 2006 as Corporate Brand Manager and was promoted to VP Communications and External Affairs in 2007 and then to VP Corporate Operations in 2013.
Prior to joining BPTT, Giselle spent eight years in the pharmaceutical industry working with GlaxoSmithKline where she held senior marketing positions in their Caribbean and Central American operations.
Giselle holds an honours degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and was awarded their distinguished alumni award in 2014.
Kristine Thompson is a Founding Director of Yay! Entertainment Limited, the franchise holder and operator of the Chuck E. Cheese’s family entertainment restaurant brand in Trinidad. Prior to this, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Canboulay Energy Capital, a private equity energy fund based in the Caribbean, which was backed by the U.S.-based Denham Capital Management. Mrs. Thompson spent a number of years in project development on behalf of the fund, and most significantly on a large calcium chloride/caustic soda plant in Trinidad.
Prior to joining Canboulay/Carisal, Mrs. Thompson spent eight years as an Executive at Guardian Holdings Limited, a pan-Caribbean financial services player, where as Vice President, Business Development, she led the Mergers and Acquisitions function over a period where Guardian quadrupled in size. Before returning to Trinidad & Tobago in 2000, she spent seven years in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group in Toronto, New York, Buenos Aires and Melbourne, Australia where she advised Fortune 500 companies in the areas of strategy, organizational development, acquisitions and process reengineering. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Queen’s University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Mrs. Thompson is also a non-executive director of Republic Bank Limited, Caribbean Communications Network (CCN), the IRP Group and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. She is married with a son and daughter.
Cheryl-Ann is a Senior Project Manager at Project Specialist Limited, a Consulting firm which offers Project Development and Project Management Services. Her work includes Contract Management, the identification and development of Projects in both the Private and Public sectors and the sourcing of suitable forms of Project Financing which best align with Project Objectives. With experience garnered over thirty years of Project Management and Facilities Management she brings a wealth of experience in Facilities, Health & Safety & Project Management to the Maple Leaf Community.
Cheryl-Ann is married and the proud mother of three children.