Monday, March 23, 2009
Ombudsman sworn in for 2nd
Lynette Stephenson, S.C., swore the Oath of Office as Ombudsman of
Trinidad and Tobago before the Speaker of the House of Representatives Barendra
Sinanan last Thursday for a second term. Stephenson will serve as Ombudsman for
a three year term.
Lynette Anthea Stephenson, S.C. isTrinidad and
Tobago's third Ombudsman, having been sworn in
for the first time on February 20, 2006.
She has had a long and
distinguished career in the public service of Trinidad & Tobago, having
served, between 1976 and 1996, in several legal capacities from Temporary State
Counsel II to Deputy Solicitor General.
She was appointed Solicitor
General in 1996.
She has also held directorships on the boards of
state-owned companies including National Fisheries Company Ltd., Trinidad and
Tobago Meat Processors Ltd. and the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago
In addition, Stephenson has served as a member of key
Cabinet-appointed committees, including the Standing Committee on Negotiation of
Bilateral Air Services Agreements, the Trinidad and Tobago Steering Committee on
the Unitization of Cross-border Hydrocarbon Reservoirs and as a member of the
Team to negotiate a new Shareholders Agreement between Telecommunication
Services of Trinidad and Tobago and Cable and Wireless West
Stephenson attained the status of Senior Counsel in November
2000. She believes the Office of the Ombudsman is vital because it gives people
the reassurance that someone in authority is seeking their interest.