The Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute is governed by a Board of Governors which has executive oversight of the Institute.
Board of Governors
Mr. Robert Trestrail
Chairman-TTII Board of Governors
Robert Trestrail was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Trinidad and Tobago Operations of Sagicor Life Inc. with effect from January 1, 2007. He joined Sagicor Life Inc on May 1, 2001, as an Assistant Vice President – Administration, and became a member of the Senior Management Team of the Trinidad and Tobago Branch operations. He has since been responsible for general branch administration and administration of the Investment Portfolio. He was promoted to the post of Vice President– Administration in 2004, and became Executive Vice President and General Manager Designate on May 1, 2006. He brings several years of Commercial Banking experience to this position, and holds a Bachelor of Arts with an Economics major from the University of Ontario.
Ms. Gina Samaroo
Mrs. Samaroo is currently a Director on the Board for the Insurance Brokers’ Association of Trinidad & Tobago. She is no stranger to the industry with over fifteen (15) years experience and is the Managing Director of Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Consultants Limited. She is also the holder of an MA in Geography, BA in Geography and Cert CII. Mrs. Samaroo also serves on five corporate Boards.
Mr. Theophilus Francis
Founder of Pioneer Insurance Claims Services Company Limited, is now Executive Adjuster with Axis (Eastern Caribbean), Mr. Francis is also the current President of Association for the Caribbean Commonwealth Loss Adjustors (ACCLA). He has been practicing for the past 43 years and his involvement in loss adjusting in particular formally began in 1972 when he joined one of the major indigenous adjusting firms in Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to local training, he also attended the College of Insurance in the UK. He has worked throughout the Caribbean from Guyana on the South American mainland, through Colombia in the west to the Bahamas in the north-west and has been involved in the management of hurricane catastrophes for the last two decades.
Mr. Anand Pascal
Anand Pascal is currently the President of Guardian Life of the Caribbean Limited. He was appointed to the position on 1st January 2014. Prior to this he was the Chief Operating Officer and held this position from October 2009 to December 2013. Anand has over 20 years insurance industry experience starting as an auditor with Price Waterhouse in 1992, where his primary clients were in the life and general insurance industry. He is currently a director of Guardian Life of the Caribbean Limited, ATTIC and the Insurance Association of the Caribbean Inc. (IAC). Anand is a fellow of the ACCA and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Musa Ibrahim
Musa Ibrahim is currently the Managing Director of TATIL. He is ACCA certified and has specialized in the Financial Services Industry for 20 years. He also currently serves on a number of Boards such as Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Institute, Insurance Association of the Caribbean (IAC) where he is also Chairman of the Training & Education Arm of the IAC. Additionally, Musa is the current Chairman of the Audit Committee of Ansa Automotive. He has worked for market leading organizations in the financial sector and has held top level positions inclusive of CFO, Finance Director and Executive Director.
.Mr. Dean Romany
Mr. Romany is currently the President of Guardian General Insurance Limited (GGIL) and serves as a Director on many boards within the Guardian Group and other regional bodies. He was appointed to this position in 2018. Prior to this, he served as Group Chief Risk Officer for Guardian Holdings Limited. Among his many roles within the Guardian Group included a number of executive positions. Mr. Romany has over thirty (30) years of industry experience starting as a Technical Advisor at Caribbean Home Insurance Company Limited. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII).
Ms. Natasha Pettier
Natasha started her career in Underwriting at Maritime General Insurance Company in 1997, after which, she joined COLFIRE as a Senior Underwriter. During this period, she pursued both her Insurance and Risk Management qualifications, attaining her FCII and MIRM designations from the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Risk Management, respectively.
After a successful tenure at Beacon, she sought new challenges and joined the Massy United Insurance Company as Head of Underwriting and Insurance Operations. Natasha joined the Motor One team in October 2019, as Head of Underwriting and Insurance Operations and was appointed to the position of CEO/Director effective 01st March 2020.
Natasha is proud to support the insurance industry at all levels and demonstrates that by actively participating at both the TTII and ATTIC levels. She also spends time actively mentoring other members of the insurance fraternity and encourages them to pursue technical qualifications and expertise to enhance their skills and advance the insurance industry for the benefit of all stakeholders.
Ms. Pettier has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), an MBA with the Heriot-Watt University, UK and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London, a qualified Member of the Institute of Risk Management, and a Health Insurance Associate. She is an accomplished Insurance and Management professional with over 20 years’ experience.
The Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute is managed by a Council of Trustees. The Council is conscious of the fact that the organization has an important role to play in the advancement of the local Insurance Industry and is committed to developing the Institute.
Ms. Edweena Newallo-Dottin – President – TTII Council of Trustees
Edweena Newallo-Dottin’s experience in the insurance industry is vast. Over her plus 30 years in the industry, she has worked both in the technical and administrative parts of the business, including human resources, property management, marketing and operations. Mrs Newallo-Dottin, who is a member of the management team of Maritime General Insurance Co Limited, has served on the Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute’s Council of Trustees since 1995 and took over its presidency in 2014. She currently sits on the Boards of the Association of Insurance Institutes of the Caribbean and the Joint Secretariat Corporation.
Mrs Newallo-Dottin has served on several governmental and non-profit boards and was a member the Chartered Insurance Institute. She has had extensive training both locally and overseas, the most recent being at the Academy for International Business Officials (AIBO) in Beijing, China.
Ms. Catherine Lue Sue
Catherine made her debut into the insurance industry in the Life sector and during her stint earned her LOMA certificate. She moved to General Insurance in 1986 and has remained in that arena to date. She has had the benefit of working both sides of the fence as she held an Account Executive position with one of the leading Brokers for 5 years. Catherine has attended many local and overseas training which has allowed her to move into current position as Manager Underwriting & Reinsurance at COLFIRE. Her oversight as Reinsurance Manager affords her the opportunity to travel and negotiate reinsurance terms for her Company and ensure a Global exposure to best practices and the latest developments affecting the industry.
As a holder of the TTII Diploma in Insurance, Catherine’s passion for improving the standards and education within the Industry has been extended to being a member of The TTII’s Council of Trustees since 1998. She also is a member of CII and carries a Cert. CII designation. In 2013 her contribution to the industry was recognized with a Long Service Award for her contribution to various ATTIC Committees.
An avid lover of Art and Culture she lends her creativity to Junior Carnival and has been part of team that has had success in many competitions. Catherine has also served as the Chairman of the Credit Committee for CLICO Credit Union.
Ms. Sarita Parsad
Sarita Parsad is an Attorney who has been working in the insurance industry for the past fourteen years. She possesses experience handling insurance regulatory matters and all issues pertaining to insurance property and casualty claims. She currently holds the position of Head, Legal & Compliance at Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Limited (TATIL), where she is responsible for all compliance related issues across T&T and Barbados.
Ms. Parsad possesses a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) with honours and a Masters in Law Degree (LLM, Corporate and Commercial Law) from the University of the West Indies, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Henley School of Business, UK, and an Advanced Diploma (ACII) from the Chartered Insurance Institute in the UK where she is a Member of the Society of Claims Professionals. She is currently enrolled in the Fellowship Program at the Chartered Insurance Institute and actively pursuing an MSc in Insurance and Sustainable Risk Management at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.
Mr. Gerald Cruickshank
Mr. Gerald Cruickshank began his career as an insurance advisor in 1989 at British American Insurance Company where he spent 25 years, moving from a Sales Representative to a Unit Manager and then Branch Manager. Among his sterling performances was his qualification as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for four consecutive years and winning his Company’s Top Unit Award and Top Agency Award on more than one occasion. He served as director of the TTAIFA’s North Chapter and then migrated to the East Chapter serving as a director for many years until becoming president of the TTAIFA’s East Chapter from 2009 to 2011 and moved through the ranks from Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Secretary/Treasurer, Education Chair, LUATC Moderator, Awards Chairman and VP of the National Board of TTAIFA to his present position.
Mr. Cruickshank is also an Executive Member of the Caribbean Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (CARAIFA) and is presently the CARAIFA Foundation Chair for 2015. He is the Managing Director of GDC Financial Services Ltd and is also an Agency Manager at Pan American Life Insurance Company.
Ms. Uthra Ramnarine-Hill
Ms. Uthra Ramnarine-Hill is a Chartered Insurer with over eighteen (18) years’ experience in the industry. She is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the American Institute for Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters.
Ms. Ramnarine-Hill also holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Management from the University of London. She has extensive experience in underwriting, claims management, reinsurance, compliance and audit and currently holds a senior position with one of the leading Insurance groups in the Caribbean.
Mr. Andre Redman
Andre Redman is a life insurance and management professional with close to 2 decades of experience in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, the military and telecommunications. Outside of holding an MBA in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Anglia Ruskin University, he is also a John Maxwell Certified Coach, CompTIA certified and possesses a certificate from a Train the Trainers module of the Caribbean Border Enforcement Training Workshop through the Canada Border Services Agency.
Andre Redman has been with the Guradina Life of the Carribeean for the past seven (7) years and continues to serve at Guardian Life, supporting Group strategies whilst introducing new strategies to further enhance operations and increase production.