Our Board of Directors comprises representatives from relevant Government Ministries, Major Trade Unions, Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) and the Planters Association.
All Board Members are professionally qualified and experienced personnel holding high positions in their respective fields and respected in the Industry. They are nominated by their respective Ministries, Trade Unions and the Planters Association (PA) as the Apex body of the RPCs and elected at the Annual General Meetings held in March every year.
The Board regularly meets once a month where all divisional performances and progress are reviewed and policy decisions are taken for the Organization to perform their duties and responsibilities. Comprehensive discussions on finances, performance, and future strategies are undertaken and agreed. The services of a professional outside Organizations to act as the Secretaries are engaged and their representative at the Board Meeting ensure minutes are noted and circulated in time.
The annual audit/financial reports are approved by the Board prior to publication and circulation in time for the Annual General meeting.
Mr. V. Puththirasigamoney
Mr. V. Puththirasigamoney, who is an Honorary Professor (Emeritus) of two universities in India and holds Diploma in Industrial Law (Sri Lanka), Diploma in Business Administration (India), Diploma in Strategic InfoTech (Italy) and completed a Special Study on Minorities and American Constitution in America. As a Trade Unionist, he held various positions including Deputy General Secretary of LJEWU and Administrative Secretary and Vice President of CWC and now the Advisor of NUW. In the political career, his is most senior Upcountry Tamil Politician. He was elected as Deputy Mayor of Nuwara Eliya in 1983 and as Member of Provincial Council in 1988 and has held the Office of Deputy Chairman and Minister of Ministry of Education, Trade, Tourism, Industries and other portfolios of the Province up to 1999 and appointed to Parliament in 2000 and held office of the Acting Chairman of Public Accounts Committee and Deputy and Acting Minister of Justice and Law Reforms up to 2010.
He also served on the Working Committee of the United National Party appointed by Late President J.R. Jayawardena as the youngest member in 1984 and served up to 2001. Served as a Board Member of the Tea Research Board for six years and Lanka Estate Development Ltd. for six years. Represented Sri Lanka as the Youngest Workers delegate ever in 1984 and as Workers Advisor continuously from 1981 to 1992 at International Labour Conference, Geneva. He was also the Advisor to Hon. Minister of Labour in 2014.
Mr. S.K.L. Obeyesekere
Since privatization of plantations and the formation of Regional Plantation Companies, Mr. Obeyesekere has been functioning as the Director/Chief Executive Officer of Madulsima Plantations & Balangoda Plantations PLC. He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Plantation Management in Sri Lanka and counts over 42 years experience in the industry, having commenced his career as a Management Trainee and then rising to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Obeyesekere was the Chairman of the Ceylon Planters’ Association and the Plantation Employers’ Services Group of the Employers Federation of Ceylon.
He serves as an elected member of the Ceylon Rubber Traders’ Association and the Ceylon Tea Traders Association and also a nominated member of the Council of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. He is a member of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) and the Consultative Committee on Research of the Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka and a Board Member of Madulsima Plantations PLC and Balangoda Plantations PLC.
Mr. H.M. Goonetileke
Mr. Goonetileke has just completed 50 years in the Plantation Industry. He is currently the Secretary General of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon, which position he has held since 2002 and in which capacity he serves on several National and Industry Boards and Committees, representing the Association and its membership.
Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of a BOI Company manufacturing bulk packaging for tea and thereafter, the Director, Plantation Management Monitoring Division of the Ministry of Plantation Industries. Having commenced his planting career in Sri Lanka and rapidly moving up the ranks to become a Senior Manager and Visiting Agent, he was invited by the Commonwealth Development Corporation to undertake a pioneering tea project in East Malaysia where he worked as General Manager for nine years until its fruition. He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Plantation Management.
Mr. D.S. Seneviratne
Mr. Seneviratne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (FCMA) with over 26 years of post-qualifying experience in Finance, General Management & Commercial operations in the corporate sector.
At present, he is a Director at Hayleys Plantation Services(Pvt)Ltd. and Director/Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC. He served as a member of the Steering Committee on IAS 41–Agriculture of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Chairman of the CSR Steering Committee of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a Trustee of the Plantation Trust Fund.
Dr. R.R.M.L.R. Siyambalagoda
Apart from his MBBS Medical Degree from the University of Peradeniya, Dr. Siyambalagoda has a Masters in Medical Administration from the University of Colombo and a M.Phil. in Community Nutrition from the University of Peradeniya. Presently, he is the Additional Secretary (Medical Services) and the DDG (PHS II), Ministry of Health. He served as Medical Officer for the General Hospital in Kurunegala and in Maternal and Child Health in Polonnaruwa District.
In addition, he was also the Medical Officer of Health for Gampola, Hingurakgoda and Polonnaruwa whilst also assuming the role of Regional Director of Health Services in the district of Polonnaruwa. In a directorial capacity, Dr. Siyambalagoda was the Deputy Director of the Teaching Hospital in Peradeniya, the Director of the Anti-Malaria Campaign.
Mr. G.D.V. Perera
He commenced his career in planting with Mackwoods Estates & Agencies Limited in 1971. With the nationalization of Estates, he worked as an Estate Manager and Visiting Agent and was subsequently promoted as a Director of Janatha Estates Development Board in the Nuwara Eliya Region. He has provided his services to the prestigious Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) of UK on Tea Projects in Tanzania and was resident there.
After the privatization of the management of Regional Plantation Companies, he returned to Sri Lanka and joined Forbes Plantation Management Services Ltd., as a Plantation Director of Balangoda Plantations Limited in 1993. He joined Lankem Tea & Rubber Plantations (Pvt) Limited (LT&RP), Managing Agents in 1996 and was appointed to the Directorate of LT&RP in 2002. He was appointed to the Boards of Kotagala Plantations Limited and Agrapatana Plantations Limited in 2006. He is a past Chairman of the Planters’ Association of Ceylon and is a Trustee of the Colombo Tea Traders’ Charity Trust. Mr. G.D.V. Perera is a Member of the Ceylon Institute of Planting and a Fellow of the National Institute of Plantation Management.
Mr. M. Ravindran
Mr. M. Ravindran is currently holding the post of Deputy President of Lanka Jathika Estate Workers Union (LJEWU). Prior to that, he served the Union as its Deputy General Secretary from 2007 to 2014. Mr. Ravindran commenced his political career as the Honorary Organiser of the LJEWU from 1993. Apart from this, he has involved himself in the local politics, holding posts in the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha.
He was elected as Chairman of that Council in 1997 and served up to 2002 and thereafter till 2006, he was functioning as the Vice Chairman of the same Council. In 2006, he was elected as the Member of the Central Provincial Council and contributed his service up to 2009. Presently he is continuing his services as the Member of Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha. To his credit, he served as a Working Director of JEDB and SLSPC under the Ministry of Plantation Industries from 2002 to 2004.
Mr. S. Arullsamy
Mr. S. Arullsamy who is representing the Ceylon Workers’ Congress as the Vice President started his career as a young Trade Unionist under the leadership of Late Hon. Saumyamoorthi Thondaman. He has possessed wide trade union experience by attending various International Conferences for the wellbeing of workers in Sri Lanka, including International Labour Conference held at ILO, Geneva in the ‘80s. He had been elected as a Member of Central Provincial Council from Nuwara Eliya District in 1993 and then continued to be a Member till 2008.
In 2005, he became the Minister of Tamil Education, Sports, Industries, Estate Infrastructure, Rural Development, Women Affairs and Hindu Cultural Affairs Ministry of Central Province. In 2009, he was appointed as the Coordinating Director to His Excellency former President Mahinda Rajapaksa till 2014. In 2010, he was elected as a Member of Parliament from Nuwara Eliya District after the demise of Late Hon. Chandrasekeran.
Mrs. W.L.M.A. Liyanage
Mrs. Liyanage obtained her first degree BSc in Business Administration (Special) Finance from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and reading for the Master of Financial Economics in the University of Colombo. In addition to that, she is an Associated Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) –UK. Further to being a member of the Sri Lanka Accountancy Service, she is also the Assistant Director-Finance of the Department of Development Finance in the Ministry of Finance.
Mr. B.L.A.J Dharmakeerthi
Mr. B.L.A.J Dharmakeerthi, a Member of Sri Lanka Administrative Service, in possession of a B.Sc.(Special) Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura is an Additional Secretary (Development) to the Ministry of Plantation Industries. He also served on the Board of Directors of Coconut Research Institute, Tea Small Holdings Development Authority as well as the Plantation Human Development Trust Fund.
Mr. J. Manjula Kariapperuma
Director/Chief Executive Officer of Horana Plantations PLC since December, 2013 and serves in the Board of Directors of Vallibel Plantation Management Ltd., and Uni Dil Packaging Ltd.
He is in continuous service for 34 years in the Plantation Industry of which 25 years in the Senior Management capacity in the Corporate Sector.
He has functioned as Head of Produce/Marketing at Hapugastenne Plantations PLC and Udapussellawa Plantations PLC managed by Finlays Tea Estates Lanka Ltd., as well as the Manufacturing Advisor of Balangoda Plantations PLC.
He is commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel in the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force as a Professional Officer and also has successfully completed a course in General Management Programme conducted by the Business School of National University of Singapore.