Executive Board Members

Our Executive board members consist of:

  • Ms. Victoria Hobday, President
  • Ms. Candice Ramsaran, Vice President
  • Mr. Stephen Boodhram, Immediate Past President
  • Ms. Marissa McMillan, Secretary
  • Mr. Miguel Cudjoe, Treasurer
  • Dr. James Armstrong, Chairman of the Membership Committee
  • Ms. Liesl Charles, Executive Member to the Membership Committee
  • Ms.Keisha Bharath, Chairman of the Communications Committee
  • Mr. Sean Sooknanan, Executive Member to the Professional Development Committee

Ms.Victoria Hobday

 

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Victoria has a range of experience in planning in public and the private sector organisations in both England and Trinidad and Tobago. Whilst in England, she was employed in the public and private sectors, as well as the civil service. Whilst in the public sector, she undertook a range of technical/professional work for the preparation of development plans and gained practical experience of policy formulation, an understanding of the legislative and policy context and the ability to work to tight statutory deadlines. In the private sector, she honed her experience of the planning process within the context of a pressurised commercial environment. In the civil service, she gained in-depth knowledge and experience of development planning, planning processes and relevant organisations.

Since returning to Trinidad and Tobago in 2003, she has worked on a number of projects throughout the country with the ultimate objective of securing Planning Permission for the development and change of use of land. She has also been involved in development plan initiatives, including the preparation of the National Spatial Development Strategy. She has been an active member of the TTSP since her acceptance as a Professional Member in 2003.

Ms. Candice Ramsaran, LLB

Candice is an Attorney at Law and Town Planning professional.  She started her planning career at the Town and Country Planning Division and has also worked at the Environmental Management Authority and the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries.   At present, Candice is the Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners and the Secretary of the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago.   She speaks Spanish and French and is an interpreter and translator.

Mr. Stephen Boodhram

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Stephen is a Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as an Urban and Regional Planning Professional with a MBA from the Heriot- Watt University, MSc. in Planning and Development (UWI) and a MSc in Geoinfomatics (UWI).

He has worked with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in the conceptualization, implementation and coordination of a Regional Planning Programme at the Local Government level. Working experience included supervising the preparation and implementation of fourteen Development Plans as well as fourteen Municipal Investment Plans for the Ministry of Local Government. He also assisted in the preparation of a National Spatial Development Strategy (NSDS) for Trinidad and Tobago, the development and implementation of a Disaster Management Strategy for fourteen Municipal Corporations and the conceptualization of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) for the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development.

He previously worked as a Project Manager attached to the United Nations Development Programme and currently works at the Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and is also the Co-Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners, Americas Region.

 

Ms. Marissa Mc Millian

Marissa is a water resources management professional with 10 years experience in the water Sector. At present, Marissa, is based at the Water Resources Agency of the Water and Sewerage Authority in Trinidad and Tobago. She possesses a BSc. Double Major in Environmental and Natural Resources Management & Biology and a MSc in Planning and Development from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.

Miss Mc Millan has served as Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners since April 2015. Marissa also serves on the Executive of the CWWA T&T National Section for three (3) plus years and function as Chairperson for the past two (2) years. Marissa is passionate about natural resources management particularly water, landuse planning and policy and land management. Miss Mc Millan has done research in the fields of landuse planning and water resources management in Trinidad and Tobago, the institutional and regulatory framework for flood management and communicating the value of water.

Marissa has plans to further her work within the aforementioned themes and pursue research in the fields of watershed rehabilitation and stormwater management with particular emphasis on the best solutions for the Caribbean dynamic.

 

Mr. Miguel Cudjoe

Miguel has been an Associate Transportation Planner with LF Systems Ltd, since June 2012. He holds an MSc in Urban and Region and Planning in 2014; and, a BSc in Management Studies, with Minor in Psychology in 2010, from The University of the West Indies (UWI) in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently a Professional Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners (TTSP) and hold the position of Treasurer for the year 2017

 

 

Ms. Liesl Charles

Liesl Charles is a professional land use planner and planning practitioner in Trinidad and Tobago. She received her MSc in Urban Planning and Development after completing her BA in Geography at the University of Western Ontario Canada. After returning to Trinidad, she completed her life long dream of wanting to work or be involved in planning. After a school geography trip in 1989 to the TCPD Head Office and seeing the cartography section, she was hooked and convinced that they was no other fit for her.

With a career spanning 20 years, she has been fortuitous in working in both the public and private sectors. She worked as a consultant for project and planning consultancy firm, HCL, and engaged in some of its signature projects such as One Woodbrook Place, and Trincity Millennium Vision. On the heels of this, she moved to private consultancy and was involved in projects with the MOLG (Ministry of Local Government) involved in completing redevelopment plans for Pt. Fortin and Couva Tabaquite Talparo Municipal Corporations. She has since returned to the public sector enjoying the challenges that this has to offer.

She is passionately involved in photography, especially capturing the built development through a camera lens. Her love of running also saw her complete the UWI Half Marathon in 2008 and Barbados Half Marathon. She also loves to cook. Liesl has previously served on the TTSP as a student representative.

Mr. Sean Sooknanan

Sean is a graduate of the MSc. Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the West Indies which he was offered a scholarship by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago His interest in Local Government stems from two professional planning internships one with EMBA Limited a consulting firm, assisting in the preparation of Municipal Investment Plans the other within a Municipal Corporation to prepare a local area plan.

Since graduating from this programme he has been employed as a Regional Planner at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MRDLG). His MSc. thesis was based on the Implementation of Development Plans. He also has completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources Management with a minor in Human Resource Management at the University of the West Indies.

Sean has the ability to produce conceptual 3D designs with animation in the implementation of urban design proposals. He was the team lead in Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) at the MRDLG. The Ministry collaborated with CARILED (Caribbean Local Economic Development Project) and two municipalities in the implementation of two development planning pilot projects. The Princes Town BIA and Chaguanas BIA are the first BIAs to be implemented in the Caribbean according to the CARILED model. He has continued to update his qualification in the field, has also served on several Technical Working Groups and his focus is on implementation and the continued progress of the profession.