Dr. Rowley in his victory address to the nation stated that he will not be a Prime Minister for the People’s National Movement (PNM) but a Prime Minister for everyone.
As the People's National Movement moves forward with the mandate given to us by the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago we are committed to sourcing the best and most talented people available.
It was this approach led by Dr. Rowley at the time that gave us the country's most comprehensive road map to development in the form of Vision 2020.
As newly appointed Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar has started off her tenure by criticizing a woman who has given high level and outstanding service to this country in the Senate. This we see as most unfortunate and in contradiction to her actions in the recent past.
We must recall that it was the UNC who pulled independent office holder Herbert Volney off the bench as a sitting judge to fight the St Joseph seat in 2010. Additionally, Mrs. Mary King was an Independent Senator who became a UNC senator and held the portfolio of Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs from May 28th, 2010.
The UNC is clearly divided on their public views of Mrs. Drayton's new portfolio as Kamla Persad-Bissessar is against but Vasant Bharath is in agreement.
Mrs. Helen Drayton is no longer on the independent bench in the Senate. She has recently taken up the Chairmanship of state owned Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG).
Mrs. Helen Drayton has a record of over 40 years’ service in both private and public organizations. She has served in the parliament of Trinidad and Tobago as an Independent Senator since 2007 and has also held many other senior portfolios and board appointments.
Her private sector record is impeccable with 24 years in the banking sector, having held senior
board level positions in the RBTT financial group. Mrs. Drayton holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of the West Indies Institute of Business.
She lectures in Business Communication, Networking and Collaboration, and Corporate Ethics.
In respect to her humanitarian efforts Mrs. Drayton served as the Chief Executive Officer of United Way Trinidad and Tobago and also Vice President of the World Federation of United Nations Association. She was a Board/Council member of several other organizations including: the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society, Blind Welfare Association, Express Children’s Fund and the United Nations Development Fund Programme (UNDP) National Steering Environment Small Grants Committee.
We therefore stand proudly by our decision to have such an outstanding woman as Mrs. Drayton take up the role of Chairman at CNMG.
We are confident that Mrs. Drayton will serve our country well in her new portfolio.
Public Relations Officer