Our Executive board members consist of:
- Mr. Stephen Boodhram, President
- Mr. Ancil Kirk, Vice President
- Mr. Lennox Austin, Immediate Past President
- Ms. Marissa McMillan, Secretary
- Ms. Victoria Hobday, Treasurer
- Dr. James Armstrong, Chairman of the Membership Committee
- Ms. Liesl Charles, Executive Member to the Membership Committee
- Ms. Judith Primus-Chow, Chairman of the Communications Committee
- Ms. Kyana Bowen, Executive Member to the Professional Development Committee
Mr. Stephen Boodhram
A Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as an Urban and Regional Planning Professional with a MSc. in Planning and Development (UWI) and a MSc in Geoinfomatics (UWI) having 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 Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and is also the Co-Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners, Americas Region.
Mr. Lennox Austin
Lennox Austin is a director of CaribPlan, a consulting firm and L.A. Management, an urban business management company. Prior to these positions Austin worked as a senior planner at the national bus company and as a Town Planner with the Ministry of Planning & Development where he co-authored the National Physical Development Plan in 1982. Austin also served as a member of the Advisory Town Planning Panel of the Ministry of Planning between 2002 and 2010. Austin is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Economics and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Austin has been active within the TTSP for more than 30 years serving in the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and finally President during this time.
Victoria has a range of experience in planning in public and the private sector organizations 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. 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.
Ms. Kyana Bowen
Kyana Bowen, practicing Regional Planner, graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, in 2012 with a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Her passion to contribute to the sustainable development of Trinidad and Tobago was born from the pursuit of her Bachelor in Social Work, and grew during her work in disaster management policy and plan development while employed with the National Disaster Office in Trinidad. Ultimately, Ms Bowen is geared towards linking the human element to physical planning.
Ms. Judith Primus-Chow
Judith Primus-Chow is a trained tourism and land use planner, a Physical Planning and Development Specialist with tourism planning, project management and construction project management training and experience, focusing on development of natural resources, sites and attractions, parks, recreation and open spaces for the benefit of visitors and communities alike.
She has worked in both public and private sectors but her key focus has been sustainable economic development via the transformation and development of tourism resources, particularly in rural areas – the Northern Range, the north, north-east and east coasts of Trinidad – for the benefit of both residents and visitors alike. (Such activities are often referred to as Rural Tourism, Heritage Tourism, Pro Poor Tourism, or Community Tourism)
She is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified and a practitioner of the Project Management Institute (PMI) global project management standards.
Judith has more than twelve (12) years experience leading diverse teams to achieve organisational objectives. She has led, planned and executed a wide range of Inter American Development Bank (IADB), Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and Infrastructure Development funded programmes and projects in the tourism, construction and public service sectors. She has also managed the planning, design, procurement and interior construction of several offices for Government Ministries and Divisions. More recently, she has been engaged as a planning consultant for her participatory planning methodology and tourism planning and development skills in Land Use Planning Studies.
Judith has obtained education and qualifications in Economics, Tourism Planning and Development, Project Management and Land Use Planning and Development.