Board Members

Airports Authority of Trinidad & Tobago

Mr. Vishnu Dhanpaul    Chairman
Mr. James Philbert             Deputy Chairman
Ms. Adana Bain           Member
Ms. Savitree Seepersad     Member
Mr. Mark Romany           Member
Ms. Dhanmattee Ramdath    Member
Mr. Christopher Alcazar               Member
Dr. Jamil Sulaimani    Member
Mr. Séan Quong Sing  Member

Executive Management

Airports Authority of Trinidad & Tobago

  • Mr. Hayden NewtonGeneral Manager

    Mr. Hayden Newton is an Attorney at Law having been called to the bar in Trinidad and Tobago in October 1998. He is currently the General Manager of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (“the Authority”), a position in which he has served since September 2013. The Authority is responsible for two International Airports; the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and the ANR Robinson International Airport in Tobago. The two airports are among the most modern airports in the Caribbean with passenger statistics of three (3) million passengers annually combined; they were rated by the world Economic Forum 2016 as second only to Tocumen International Airport in Panama, in terms of infrastructure development in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.

    Mr. Newton joined the Authority as Corporate Secretary and Legal Advisor in November 2005 and served in the position until July 2010 when he was appointed to the position of Deputy General Manager, Corporate Services and Legal Advisor, a position which he held from July 2010 to August 2013. In this position he had responsibility for the Finance, Human Resources, Aviation Training, Information Technology, Record Management and Legal Departments of the Authority.

    As General Manager he has led the process of transforming the Authority into a robust and successful organization with positive Earnings before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) for most of the years of his stewardship. He has also lead the implementation of the organization’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022 with the vision “To be the leader of diverse and innovative aviation business in the region”, with a focus on learning, growth and talent management of the airports staff. To this extent twenty seven (27) of the Authority’s Managers have participated in the Airport Council International/International Civil Aviation Organization (ACI/ICAO) Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) and have attained the International Airport Professional (IAP) designation, the highest number of persons in the LAC region airports. As a consequence, Piarco International Airport the larger of our two airports has been among the top 10 airports in the LAC region in the categories of best airport and best airport staff of the Skytrax Airports Awards, for the last five years.

    Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Newton served at Lake Asphalt of Trinidad and Tobago (1978) Limited (“LATT”) an asphalt producing company in Trinidad, in the capacity of Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel, Manager Corporate Services and General Manager.

    Mr. Newton holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Economics from University of the West Indies, St Augustine Trinidad (“UWI”); a Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree from the University of London, England and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, St Augustine Trinidad.

    Mr. Newton also holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Aviation Management from the UWI and he attained the IAP certification in December 2008 as one of the early graduates of the AMPAP programme. He is also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the IAP Community of Practice which is mandated to develop and maintain the accreditation of the AMPAP programme among others things.

    Mr. Newton also developed and tutored in the Aviation and Insurance Law elective of the Masters of Aviation Management Programme at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Trinidad during the period 2010 to 2012.
    Mr. Newton has previously instructed in the Air Transport System (ATS) Gateway course of the AMPAP programme at Maputo International Airport, Mozambique; the Hartfield International Airport in Atlanta, USA; the Brisbane International Airport in Brisbane, Australia; the Indian Aviation Academy, New Delhi, India; the Muscat International Airport, Muscat, Oman and two virtual ATS courses held in November 2020 and February 2021.

    Mr. Newton also currently serves on the following bodies in Trinidad and Tobago:
    -The Board of the Employers Consultative Association
    -The Standing Negotiation Committee on Air Services of Trinidad and Tobago

  • Col. Albert Griffith Deputy General Manager – Security

    Colonel (Ret’d) Albert A Griffith is the Deputy General Manager Security at the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (Regiment) in 1982 after completing qualification training at the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, British Columbia the Canadian Forces Combat Training Centre, Gagetown, New Brunswick.

    Colonel Griffith served in 1st Battalion, Trinidad and Tobago Regiment as a Platoon and Detachment Commander, Battalion Adjutant and Company Commander. He also served as Operations Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment and Intelligence and Security Officer at Defence Force Headquarters.

    In 1994 he served as the Intelligence Officer with the composite Caribbean Battalion during the United Nations Mission in Haiti. On returning to Trinidad he was seconded to the Strategic Services Agency (SSA), Ministry of National Security, as Assistant Director Intelligence.

    In 2004, Colonel Griffith was assigned to the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT) as Deputy Director Operations in conjunction with the position of Commanding Officer, Special Services Unit (SSU), a division of the Defence Force established to lead and administer military personnel assigned to SAUTT. In 2007, he assumed the position of Vice Director SAUTT and in 2011 he was appointed Director of the SSA.

    Colonel Griffith is a graduate of the Caribbean Command and Staff College, the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, and the Defence Intelligence and Security School, Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom. He is the holder of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Security Administration.

    Colonel Griffith is a certified Aviation Security Professional Manager (AVSEC PM) and a graduate of the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP).

  • Emmanuel Baah Deputy General Manager – Estate Planning and Business Development

    Emmanuel Baah- IAP, MBA, M.Sc. , B. A.
    Emmanuel Baah is an energetic, results-oriented airport executive. He is currently Deputy General Manager-Estates Planning and Business Development at Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (‘the Authority’) with oversight over planning, commercial negotiations, business development, projects, engineering services and facilities management.

    His areas of expertise are strategic planning, marketing, business development and airport management.

    Emmanuel Baah has certification as an International Airport Professional. He also possesses a Masters degree in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing from the Australian Institute of Business, a Master of Science Degree in International Relations from the Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UWI.

    He has played a pivotal role in negotiations with airlines as part of Trinidad and Tobago’s Air Service Development efforts to market the destination and introduce new air services to the country. He has also contributed to the development of the Authority’s business plans as it seeks to move towards a new business model.

    Prior to joining the Authority in 2009, Mr. Baah worked in the private sector where, as Manager responsible for New Market Development at a local firm, he opened up new markets in Latin America, North America and Europe.
    Since 2017 he has served as a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Trade Facilitation Committee.

    Integrity, reliability, continuous improvement and fairness are four principal values that Mr. Baah espouses.

  • Kurt A.G. Menal Deputy General Manager - Airport Operations

    Mr. Kurt A.G. Menal is a focused professional with 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. He currently holds the position of Deputy General Manager Operations - Piarco having previously served as Manager Airport Operations with additional responsibility for Health Safety and the Environment. In this capacity he conducts continuous reviews and analyses of the Operations of the airport facilities and services with the objective of keeping its operations in line with international best practice.

    He is an expert Aviation Management and Airport Operations professional with a demonstrated history of multidimensional, impactful work in the aviation industry. Mr. Menal is skilled in, inter alia, Airport Management, Safety and Security Oversight, Safety Management Systems, Risk Assessment and Management, Emergency and Business Continuity Planning with practical knowledge of the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices, local and regional Civil Aviation Regulations and international regulatory requirements.

    His aviation journey began when he joined the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) as an Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Officer. Mr. Menal subsequently undertook studies in Air Traffic Services (Aerodrome, Approach and Area Control) at the Civil Aviation Training Centre in Trinidad and Tobago. He worked in Aerodrome and Approach Control at both airports in Saint Lucia, the majority of that time being spent as a Supervisor. Mr. Menal was an active member of the Saint Lucia Air Traffic Controllers Association (SLATCA) for many years serving in the positions of Public Relations Officer, Deputy President and President. During his tenure as President, he successfully re-energised the membership and increased the association’s participation in the events of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations. The title of Honorary Member of SLATCA was conferred on him in 2013 because of his commitment to the profession and the organisation.

    Mr. Menal joined the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) headquartered in Antigua and Barbuda in 2008 as the Operations Officer – Aerodromes. His portfolio included providing regulatory safety oversight of airports in the Eastern Caribbean region. Other duties he successfully executed included advising on and managing the aerodrome certification process for airports as well as helipads in the sub-region. This included advising on the development and implementation of ICAO required Safety Management Systems and the planning and evaluation of emergency exercises in all six member states.

    Mr. Menal served the Government of Saint Lucia in the capacity of Civil Aviation Officer – Safety & Security from 2011 to 2014 and Chief Aviation Officer (Ag.) from 2014 until his departure in June 2015. He was responsible for the provision of safety and security oversight of the aviation industry in Saint Lucia. This was achieved through audits, inspections, surveys, etc of airport operators, airlines, caterers, and Air Traffic Services. He is credited for the development and implementation of the Safety and Security Inspection and Audit programmes in Saint Lucia.

    Mr. Menal advised the Saint Lucian Government on all aviation-related matters as well as on key issues such as the establishment of strategic Air Services Agreements with friendly nations, and also managed the economic regulation of air transport in Saint Lucia. He is also credited with establishing a collaborative and symbiotic relationship between the regulator and the various operators, especially the airport operator. He was also instrumental in the vetting and further development of legislation relevant to the operation and regulation of various aspects of the national aviation industry e.g. Civil Aviation (Security) Regulations.

    Mr. Menal was one out of six recipients worldwide to receive an ICAO – Singapore Aviation Leaders Scholarship for a Diploma in Civil Aviation Management in 2014 through the Singapore Aviation Academy.

    Mr. Menal’s ever growing passion for aviation and the development of aviation-related professions has driven his diverse set of qualifications and skills set. He holds a Master of Science degree in Air Transport Management from City University London and is a certified ACI/ICAO International Airport Professional.

  • Pamela Scotland-Benjamin DGM Operations ANR Robinson International Airport.

    Pamela Scotland-Benjamin is a dedicated airport professional with over seventeen years experience working in the aviation sector. Pamela Scotland-Benjamin is currently Deputy General Manager – Operations at the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. She is responsible for the planning and oversight of the overall operations at the ANR Robinson International Airport.

    Pamela has a passion for continuous learning and self-development and is of the firm belief that with determination and hard work anyone can reach their full potential. She is a certified as an International Airport Professional and has an Executive Masters in Business Administration, an Associate Degree in Human Resource Management from COSTAATT and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

    Pamela Scotland-Benjamin joined the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago in 2004 as the Accountant-Tobago with responsibility for management of the Authority’s revenue, expenditure and assets. Her focus has always been customer satisfaction and it was therefore fitting that she was actively involved in the development and streamlining of the Accounts department at ANR Robinson International Airport; enabling the Authority to better meet the needs of its Tobago customers.

    Pamela also previously served the Authority as Manager Administration with responsibility for planning, coordinating and directing the Administrative support services (Finance, Human Resource, Commercial and Information Technology) at ANR Robinson International Airport. She also has a passion for assisting and seeing children on the autism spectrum develop and realise their full potential.

  • Ms Shannon Rudd Corporate Secretary

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Management Team

Airports Authority of Trinidad & Tobago

  • Carmela Wallace-ShanklinFinancial Controller

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  • Zola Joseph Corporate Communications Manager

    Zola Joseph studied at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where she read for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film, Television and Media Studies. She subsequently received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Media Management, from the Metropolitan College of New York.

    Zola has worked as Television Producer and Communications Manager of the Department of Information, Tobago House of Assembly. She also served as Communications Officer at the Caribbean Court of Justice. She also was a part-time Lecturer at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) where she taught the Fundamentals of Journalism, Public Speaking and English Language.

    She has had ten years of experience in the airport environment and is certified as an ACI/ICAO International Airport Professional. Mrs Joseph is also trained in areas of Protocol, Airport Emergency Management, Crisis Communications, Events Management and Digital Marketing and speaks several languages.

    Mrs. Joseph is a member of the Public Relations Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the International Association of Business Communicators. Zola is passionate about people, enhancing the airport guest experience, brand management and stakeholder relationship management.

  • Joanna Fridy Marketing Manager (Ag.)

    With eighteen years of experience in the airport industry, Joanna Fridy brings to Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago of Trinidad and Tobago a genuine affection for the development of the nation’s airports. During her tenure, she has explored several aspects of the organisation, from serving as customer service representative, statistical clerk, administrative assistant, business development officer and now as the Marketing Manager.

    A certified Marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and holder of a Masters of Science in Marketing from the Herriot Watt University, Joanna provides skills in route development, market research, strategic planning, and service development for commercial viability to the organisation.

    Joanna has also gained international recognition in the airport industry as an International Airport Professional and graduate of the Airport Executive Leadership Programme. She also serves as a member of the Airports Council International (ACI) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) – Economics Committee.

    Ms. Fridy stands in her belief that the airports in Trinidad and Tobago can continue to raise its profile and brand as one of the best in the LAC. In her pursuit of contributing to this goal, she has openly embraced the formal training, coaching and mentoring provided by the Authority, in order to improve her performance and contribution to the organisation. Her passion and drive for excellence is evident in her continuous self – development. Support of family and the balance of sports and recreation has been made her an asset to the organisation. Joanna’s energy is infectious and she continues to be a driver for excellence in the Authority.