Written: 21 January 2021

Nambawan Super has announced the appointment of four new Trainee Directors to its Board.

The Trainee Directors are Thomas Constantinou, Michelle Taumpson, Josephine Pitmur, and Sylvester Banibia.

Nambawan Super Chairman, Mr Reg Monagi, when welcoming the new participants said this group will be the Fund’s second cohort to participate in the 2-year development program.

“We are pleased our second cohort of Trainee Directors are primarily from the Public Sector, and will also have experience as contributing members of the Fund,” Mr Monagi said.

“The Fund’s Trainee Director program is designed to identify and develop a pool of aspiring Directors who will be ready to proceed to company directorship roles across PNG’s financial sector,” Mr Monagi said.

“Participating in the program exposes Trainee Directors to roles and responsibilities of Directors and Board room dynamics helping build confidence and skills needed to contribute and lead at Board level.”

“There are many young Papua New Guineans professionals who aspire to become industry leaders through Directorship roles promoting good governance and high ethical standards.

“The private sector and the nation, in general, is faced with a scarcity of Directors who possess the appropriate skills, knowledge, and behaviors, and our Trainee Director Program was created to help fill this void,” he said.

The first cohort of Trainee Directors will conclude their training in April 2021. Some participants have already gone onto new Directorships, and others will now be appointed as Directors of Nambawan Super’s Investee companies, where they will add value given their skills and experience.

The new cohorts bring a diverse set of skills:

  • Thomas Constantinou is the Managing Director of Perpetual Niugini Limited; PNG Environmental Services Limited (former Pig Bins); Savvana Limited. He holds a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Property Development and a Masters in Professional Accounting. Mr Constaninou also has a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking Finance & Risk Management.
  • Michelle Taumpson is currently the Director of Policy, Planning, and Development for the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission. Ms Taumpson holds a Masters in Business, a Bachelor in Liberal Studies.
  • Josephine Pitmur is the Acting Deputy Secretary for the Justice Department. She holds a Masters in Public and International Law, a Bachelor of Law, and a Diploma in Government Management.
  • Sylvester Banibia is the Training Coordinator for the Royal Police Constabulary. He holds a Masters in Human Resource Management, Bachelor in Business Management, Certificate in Leadership and Governance, a Certificate in Training and Assessment, and a Certificate in Accounting.


Photo Caption:  Standing (L-R) Thomas Constantinou, Sylvester Banibia, and Chairman Reg Monagi. Siting (L-R) Michelle Taumpson, and Josephine Pitmur

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