Advisory Council

Providing Guidance and Support

The Advisory board is the consultative body of the CNULM. It serves the double-purpose of supporting the Secretariat efforts to monitor the activities taking place the urban sector throughout the region and to provide their cumulated expertise to the Secretariat in orienting and framing their activities and projects.

Carolyn Trench-Sandiford

Carolyn Trench-Sandiford is a leading advocate, in media, conferences and forums, for healthy and reformed governance frameworks that are designed to reduce spatial inequities, to eliminate economic and social disparity and to improve the quality of lives of vulnerable populations and marginalized communities.

As a member of the Political Reform Commission of Belize, she participated in a nationwide consultation to producing a report on how to improve the system of governance in Belize to achieve greater democracy and to address key concerns about the system and practice of governance, including but not limited to corruption, lack of accountability and transparency, the inclusion of women and people participation in decision making, to name a few.

As President of the Caribbean Planners Association, an independent and collective voice of planning professionals, and a member of Caribbean 2030 Leaders Network, a regional think and do tank, with a mandate to improving the Caribbean socio-political and economic trajectory, Carolyn is committed to positioning planners as integral to influencing and advancing planning and development policy and programme priorities in the Caribbean.


Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles

Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles Cert. Ed. (UBC), MPhil. (UWI), PhD (UF), FRICS is currently Senior Lecturer in Cadastral Systems, and Land Administration in the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, where her research interests are in land registration systems, land administration, and communal tenure especially ‘family land’. Dr Griffith-Charles has served as consultant and conducted research on, inter alia, projects to revise land survey legislation in Trinidad and Tobago, assess the impact and sustainability of land titling, address tenure issues in regularising informal occupants of land, and to assess the socio-economic impact of land adjudication and registration, and document land policy in the Caribbean. Her publications focus on land registration systems, land administration, cadastral systems, and land tenure.



Angelika Namdar


Angelika Namdar is a lecturer and researcher (scientist) in spatial and urban planning at the Faculty of Technology of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS). She is also the director of this faculty.

As scientist in Spatial and Urban Planning she also coordinates various programs and projects in this area. She ensures good contact and involvement of the work field in the various activities. Because of her previous employment at the government, she is familiar with the in and outs on policy level which helps to anticipate on necessary support to the government.

Angelika also has a special interest in renewable energy technology and management and is involved as a project manager in various projects in this field at the university. She has also been involved in the initiative and establishment phase of the Regional University Network (RUN) of the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) from CARICOM. She is currently an alternate steering committee member of the RUN.

As president of the Spatial Planners Association Suriname (SPASU) she is committed in conducting the discussion about spatial planning and urban planning in Suriname, assisting the government and other institutes with advice and advocating the importance of spatial planning in Suriname. In addition, she is a member of various platforms dealing with a healthy living environment and sustainable environment management.

As Secretary of the Caribbean Planners Association (CPA), an independent and collective voice of planning professionals, she is also involved in the process of positioning planners as integral to influencing and advancing planning and development policy and programme priorities in the Caribbean.

Anthony Roberts

Anthony Roberts is a longstanding member of the Local Government community. He is President of the Caribbean Association for Local Government Authorities (CALGA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Local Government Authorities (TTALGA). He currently serves as Chairperson of the San Juan Regional Corporation.

Jennifer Massiah, MBA-HRM, B.Soc. Sc, Mng.

A very passionate social entrepreneur with app. 2 decades of humanitarian experience. Specializes in Human Resource Management and Community Development. Experienced in project management and construction methodologies and processes, donor management and fund-raising, governance and advocacy especially as it relates to Non-Profits Sector in both Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Past experiences; HR Manager, CEO, Company Secretary to name a few, in the Manufacturing Industry in Guyana. Has also served on several regional religious bodies.

With the advent of global economic challenges, new approaches to fundraising and advocacy has become her passion. She continues to be an extremely vocal advocate on governance and transparency in civil society organisations and posits that accountability equals credibility and integrity. Has supported several NGOs, CBOs and FBOs under these same themes of increased governance. A champion of the New Urban Agenda, SDG 11; Sustainable Cities and Communities especially at it relates to the Caribbean and Disaster Risk Reduction and Resiliency.  Jennifer supports and works with The Habitat for Humanity LAC Area Office in the development of the Caribbean (English speaking) Operational Model to serve the vulnerable communities with Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery programmes for English-speaking Caribbean Region.

Jennifer’s focus is on land, shelter and disaster resiliency issues; creating access for the landless vulnerable and marginalized populations. Jennifer led the preparation process of the T&T’s Government’s Habitat 111 Draft report. Led the Caribbean delegation in the ‘Small Islands Developing States” networking session at the UN Habitat 111 conference in Ecuador in 2010 and was a member of the Small Island Development States (SIDS) Delegation Panel whose presentation focused on disasters and resiliency in the Caribbean. Represented Habitat for Humanity LAC and TT at several forums, conferences and major meeting including the Clinton Global Initiative and the Caribbean Urban Forum. Jennifer sits on the Advisory Council as the civil society representative of the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) within the University of the West Indies.

Jennifer continues to serve as the National Director of Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago for the last 13 plus years and prior was the National Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Guyana for app. 5 years.

Personal mantra – excellent and quality service, especially to the poor is the only contribution to be remembered