Mr. Lawford Dupres, a Director of the Company since 2002, was appointed Chairman of the Company effective January 1, 2024. Mr. Dupres has had a long career in the Energy sector, both internationally and locally, having previously served as President of Petrotrin, Chairman of Lake Asphalt TT, and the National Petroleum Marketing Co. He has also served on the Boards of several companies in the private sector and is currently the Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards.
Thomas J. Williams
Mr. Thomas Williams graduated from the University of Guelph in Canada with a double major in Management and Economics. Before returning to Trinidad, he spent a year teaching English at Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku, Japan and then backpacked through South East Asia for six months. He joined the LJ Williams group in 1993, working first as a Business Development Manager and later taking on the responsibility of running the Beverage facility. After the sale of the Beverage Division to Pepsi Americas, he ran the Food and Allied Division. He became a director of the Company in 1996 and Managing Director of the Group in 2005. He is responsible for the conceptualization and implementation of The Home Store, our retail subsidiary, which opened in 2008.
Paul J. Williams
Mr. Williams joined as Assistant to the Managing Director in 1978 and was posted to the Company’s subsidiary, Movalite Limited, for a period of training before becoming Managing Director in 1980. He joined the parent Board in 1982. From 1999 to 2005, he served as Managing Director before resigning his position to focus on Movalite Limited during the construction boom we were entering at the time. Currently, he serves as an Executive Director with responsibility for the Shipping Division.
An independent consultant, Mrs. Andrews is a certified accountant with more than 20 years of expertise in taxation law and policy. She is also a specialist in Value Added Tax implementation. Her financial work spans from non-profits to government consultancies.
Much of Mr. Browne’s professional life has been spent managing turnarounds in financial services firms. He has also held senior positions in banking, and has served as Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Trade, and of Finance. He contributes a weekly radio programme and newspaper column on business and economics.
Mrs. Aliyah Hamel-Smith has been an accomplished Attorney-at-Law for over two decades, with experience in both the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to her law degree from the University of the West Indies, Mrs. Hamel-Smith holds an MBA from the Oxford-Brookes University.
She spent close to a decade of her career at RBC Royal Bank, where she started as an attorney, was promoted to head up its trust company and then was made responsible for the Bank’s regional financial planning arm. Subsequently, she took on the position of Vice-President – BPO /Shared Services Development at the Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Centre, following which she became the CEO of two affiliated insurance brokerage and benefits companies.
Seeing a need to ease the daunting tasks of Financial Planning and Estate Administration, Mrs. Hamel-Smith recently established ExeQtrust Limited; an end-to-end, technology-driven, Future Planning company of which she is the Managing Director. She currently serves on several other boards, as well as being a strategic advisor to various charities and associations.
CORPORATE SECRETARY AND LEGAL ADVISOR
Adam J. Williams
Mr. Adam J. Williams was appointed to the position of Corporate Secretary of L.J. Williams Limited, effective October 26, 2023, and also serves as the Company’s Legal Advisor.
Mr. Williams holds a Juris Doctor(JD) from the University of British Columbia Law School, a B.A. (Hons.) from McMaster University, Canada, and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad. He has been admitted to the bar as member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canada, as well as an attorney-at-law in Trinidad and Tobago.
He has nearly twenty (20) years of international experience as senior legal counsel and corporate secretary to major international shipping companies in the containership and oil and gas shipping sectors, primarily practicing corporate/commercial law, maritime law, corporate finance, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.