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. 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. 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.
Mr. P. Sivarajah
Mr. P. Sivarajah who represented the Ceylon Workers’ Congress as the Vice President since 2007 is currently performing the role of Board Member of Annai Kothai Entrepreneur (Guarantee) Ltd. from 2009, as well as of Saumyamoorthi Thondaman Memorial Foundation(STMF) from 2010.
He has involved with the plantation sector as a proprietary during the period 1960 to 1972. In the year 1977, Mr. Sivarajah has served as the P.A. to the late Hon. S. Thondaman and subsequently he had been appointed as the Co-ordinating Secretary in 1984 to 1999. He is also possessed top level working experience of the Organizations of LANLIB & NEMO as the Chairman during the period from2000 to 2003.
In 2002, Mr. Sivarajah was appointed as the Deputy Mayor in Municipal Council, Nuwara Eliya, up to 2007 and then he became as the Senior Co-ordinator of the Ministry of Estate Infrastructure. He has also served as the Private Secretary to Hon. Senthil Thondaman (Uva Provincial Council) in 2009.
Dr. N.P.C.R. Nugawela
Dr. Charles Nugawela has started his carrier as an export documentation assistant and rose up the director level in government and private sector organizations.
He obtained his basic Degree – BDS from the University of Peradeniya and Masters in Medical Administration from the University of Colombo. He also has obtained an MBA and DBA from Anna university Chennai.
Presently, he serves as the Director, Estate and Urban Health Unit of Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine. He served also as a Deputy Director, Teaching Hospital, Kandy; Medical Superintendent of Base Hospital, Dambulla and also as a House Officer attached Oral and Maxillofacial Unit of General Hospital, Badulla. Prior to joining the movement sector, he has worked in private sector organizations such as Maersk Lanka Pvt Ltd, Alkem Pharmaceuticals, Arken Biogenics Pvt Ltd and Sayler Therapeutics Pvt Ltd, in different capacities.
Mrs. P.D.H. Dabare
Mrs. Dharshani Dabare holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with first class grade pass from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and completed Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Kelaniya. She has also obtained a Diploma in Planning and Development from the Institute of Development Administration. In addition to that, she has also admitted as a Certified Business Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.
Further to being a member of the Sri Lanka Planning Service, she is also the Deputy Director of the Department of External Resources in the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development. She is entrusted with the duties pertaining to projects carried out under financial assistance from United Nations Agencies. Her role is to facilitate, monitor and negotiate the activities related to financing agreements between the Government of Sri Lanka and United Nations Agencies and ensure the smooth implementation of such projects.
Mr. K.G. Punchihewa
Mr. Kamal Punchihewa started his career at M/s. B R De Silva & Co. Chartered Accountants, in 1983 and was appointed as a Partner in 1991. His first association with the Regional Plantation Companies was in 1992 when he was appointed as the Financial Controller of Kotagala Plantations Ltd. under M/s George Steuarts Management Services. In 1997 he was appointed as the Group Financial Controller of the George Steuarts Group of Companies and subsequently as a Director of George Steuarts Auto Supplies (Pvt) Ltd. He re-joined the Plantation Sector as the General Manager- Finance of Kahawatte Plantations Ltd. in 2002.
In 2005 he got first overseas posting as the Financial Controller of PT Agro Bukit Indonesia and later took up the key position of Head of Finance – Plantation Operations and Business Support for the entire Indonesian operation of Good Hope Asia Group, which consisted of six Oil Palm Plantation Companies.
Mr. Punchihewa joined Lankem Tea & Rubber Plantations (Pvt) Ltd. (LT&RP) as Director/ Deputy CEO in April, 2011 and was appointed to as the CEO of Agarapatana Plantations Ltd. in April, 2014.
He left Agarapatana Plantations in October 2016 and joined the Browns Group as the Group Chief Executive Officer – Plantation Sector in-charge of three Regional Plantation Companies and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Maturata Plantations Ltd in the same Group.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Associate Member of the Certified Public Accountants of Australia.
Mr. J.A. Rodrigo
Mr. Johann Rodrigo counts more than 35 years in the plantation trade. Commencing as an Assistant Manager under JEDB, he is presently the Director /CEO of Horana Plantations.
He currently serves as a Director at the Ceylon Tea Museum and the Plantation Human Development Trust and a former Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Nuwara Eliya, a committee member of the Ceylon Planters Provident Society and the Estate Staff Provident Society.
He has attended the Indian Business School of Hyderabad for management, trained in Japan under JUSTICA and by Save the Children in Thailand on Child protection in emergencies.
He was instrumental in rolling out the child policy in the plantations with Save the children Sri Lanka, and in the mother and child friendly Tea Estate concept.