Main Office Directors


The Director General (DG) as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  with decades of experience in the Plantation sector spearheads the organization, inspiring the employees at all levels in both the Main & Regional Offices to achieve the strategic objectives and achieve excellence in performance to meet stakeholder expectations.

He is backed by a professional team of Executive and Regional Directors responsible for key divisions and sectors to guide the staff under their supervision to successfully meet the challenges.

The DG conducts monthly & quarterly meetings with the Executives and Regional Directors and also the Management staff to review progress and plan for the future. He also visits the Regions on a regular basis and participates in programmes, visiting Estates and projects with the Regional Directors and staff guiding, supervising and monitoring the teams.

A brief profile of the Executive team is indicated below.


Mr. L. R. Perera

Director General

The Director General of PHDT-Lal Perera who served as Senior Regional Director of the Nuwaraeliya Plantation Human Development Trust was appointed as the Director General having served the PHDT for more than 11 years. As a planter, He is a veteran in the Plantation Industry who has been in the field for over 30 years and served in Low country and up-country Estates. Mr. Perera is well experienced in the field of plantation management and administration. A product of St Thomas College, Bandarawela   He obtained his first degree from the University of Wayamba from the faculty of Plantation Management the faculty and holds a Master degree on Public Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Colombo. He is a fellow member of the National Institute of Plantation Management and a member of the Institute of the environment in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Perera began his career as a Trainee Assistant Manager and later rose to the position of Director General – the highest position a Planter could reach in the PHDT. Apart from being DG of PHDT is the current president of the Alumni Association of the University of Wayamba and conduct lectures at the university and at the NIPM. He is an effective team leader, a well-known agriculturist and a trainer who believes in knowledge sharing. He introduced the concept of “Multi-sectorial approach ” into the PHDT where, through building bridges of understanding between Workers, Trade Unions and Private and Public-Sector work in a win-win culture was established with his knowledge gain by following the Masters in Public Management and Administration.

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Mr. C.U.B. Ranasinghe

Senior Director Administration & HR

This Administration and HR Divisions are headed by a Director, who has over thirty-year experience as a Senior Officer on administration, human resource development, decision making, HR Planning, Managerial & Coordination etc., in the plantation sector.
The function of Administration, Human Resource Development, Transport, Stores and Premises of both Head Office and Regional Offices are handled by the above division and the team consists of capable Managers, Executives & support staff.

Under his guidance, The Mobilization team with the Regional Social Mobilizers and supporting staff, provide their services to Sustain EWHCS network and the plantation community by conducting training and community awareness programmes.

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Mr. R. Y. Kulatunga

Director Finance

The Finance and IT Divisions are headed by a qualified Finance professional who is possessed with experience over two decades in Corporate Finance and Banking. He is also a Post Graduate Diploma Holder in Corporate Business Finance & Banking with local and foreign Training. He is supported by a team of professionals and the division is responsible for the Financial & Management Accounting / Reporting, Treasury & Risk Management, Internal Controls and Corporate Finance.

He also guides the Manger – Information Technology and their professionally and technically qualified staff in the IT divisions. The Information Technology (IT) division is providing all Software, Hardware, Network facilities and also the transmission of accurate information, professional presentations and New developments.

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Mr. Ajith Abeysekara

Director Engineering

The Engineering division is headed by an incorporated engineer and a member of Institute of incorporated engineers, who has 35 years of experience as Director – Civil Engineering in Sri Lanka Air Force on Contract Administration, Project Implementation, Project Planning, Project Coordinating and also interaction with external agencies such as Ministry, Departments, Donor etc. The Engineering division is consisting of Project Managers, Technical officers, Quantity surveyors, draftsmen and supporting staff who are well qualified and experienced in areas of responsibilities. The engineering division is proven as a very capable team over a period of approximately 20 years.


Dr. Sumith Ananda

Director Health

The Health Division is headed by the Director Health who served in Ministry of Health for 30 years in various stations and opted to public health & Health Administration service. As the Director Health, he ensures the health of the Plantation community, improving the living standards and Health states by activities to reduced Maternal Deaths, Infant mortalities, Promotes Maternal Health clinics.