(Left to right) – Marvin Gonzales MP, Minister of Public Utilities; Acherson Wells, Deputy Chairman; and Alston Fournillier, Commissioner, both of WASA’s Board of Commissioners, seated at a meeting held at the MPU’s head office, on Thursday 10 March 2022. (Image courtesy Ministry of Public Utilities)

Three members of the Board of Commissioners for the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) received their Letters of Appointment today, Thursday 10 March 2022, from Minister of Public Utilities, Marvin Gonzales MP.

An official statement from the Ministry of Public Utilities (MPU) reports that Ravindra Nanga received his letter of appointment, confirming his position as Chairman of the Board, while Acherson Wells was appointed Deputy Chairman.  Alston Fournillier also became the most recently appointed Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners.

Ravindra Nanga receives his letter of appointment confirming his position as Chairman of WASA’s Board of Commissioners, on Thursday 10 March 2022. (Image courtesy Ministry of Public Utilities)

Mr. Nanga had served as Interim Chairman since July 2021. Having practiced as an Attorney-at-Law for over two decades, he is currently a Director on the Civil Aviation Board and also has served as a Director on the Board of the North Central Regional Health Authority.

“Under his leadership, the Board of Commissioners has made substantial progress in preparing WASA for large-scale transformation, to a technology-driven water and wastewater authority,” the Ministry’s release states.

Marvin Gonzales MP, Minister of Public Utilities (right) speaks with Acherson Wells, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Commissioners (left), and Sherland Sheppard, CEO of WASA (centre), on Thursday 10 March 2022. (Image courtesy Ministry of Public Utilities)

The Ministry release notes that Acherson Wells has over 40 years’ experience as an engineer, primarily at the former TRINTOC and PETROTRIN. He also has served as the General Manager of the Public Transport Service Company (PTSC), and as a Commissioner on the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC).

The newest Commissioner on the WASA Board, Alston Fournillier, is a Chartered Builder and Surveyor. 

“He is the current President of the Plumbers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TPATT), a position which has allowed him to spearhead several initiatives that will positively impact critical elements of WASA’s operations,” the Ministry’s statement reports.