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 ensures 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 Barath Arullsamy, a lawyer by profession was appointed Chairman in January 2020.
He is the National Coordinator of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) who focuses on Migrant Workers Advisory under the direction of the Hon Arumugan Thondaman, Minister of Community Development & Estate Infrastructure. It is the first appointment given to a young Trade Unionist in Sri Lanka by the ITUC.
He has studied law at the University of London and also a holder of Master of Law from the University of West London.
He is a Diploma holder in international relations and was the former International Relations Officer to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka.
Mr Arullsamy is an active Trade Union activist serving the plantation community of Sri Lanka and extensively involved in social development and community mobilization.
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. 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. J. Manjula Kariapperuma
Director/Chief Executive Officer of Horana Plantations PLC since December 2013 and serves on 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 the National University of Singapore.
Mr. Bhathiya Bulumulla
Mr. Bhathiya Bulumulla has 32 years of experience in the plantation sector out of which 19 years in Elpitiya Plantations PLC. He was an Asst Manger, a Manager and a Group Manager in State Plantations Corporation, Kotagala Plantations and Bogawantalawa Plantations respectively before joining Elpitiya Plantations PLC.
He was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2011, and promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Elpitiya Plantations PLC In 2013. He also was appointed as an Executive Director at Aitken Spence Plantations Management PLC in 2017,.
He holds a Diploma in Plantation Management from National Institute of Plantation Management , B.Sc (honers) degree in Plantation Mgt awarded by Wayamba University and hold Msc. on Environment Science from Open University of Colombo.
He is a Fellow member of National Institute of Plantation Management, a visiting lecturer at NIPM and Wayamba University, and an Honorary Board member of Estate Staff Provident Society.
Mr. S. P. Vijekumaran
Mr. S. P. Vijekumaran, who is representing the Lanka Jathika Estate Workers Union is currently performing as the National Organiser of the Union.
He was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of LJEWU from 2003 to 2014; Regional Director of Uva Province; Assistant Secretary of National Trade Union Federation; Treasurer of The Power Foundation; President of Sri Lanka Security Services Union. He also, served as the Private Secretary to late Hon. K. Velayudam (Member of Parliament and Member of Uva Provincial Council) from 2002 to 2004.
Mr. Vijekumaran represented Sri Lanka as the worker delegate at the International Labour Conference held in Geneva in 2003 and 2006.
He holds Diplomas in Trade Union Workers Education and Curriculum Development and in Political Science and Social Mobilisation.