Mr. Vel Lewis joined the Ministry of National Security on 4 April 2016 as Permanent Secretary and was assigned as Accounting Officer on 18 June 2018. He brings a vast amount of experience in public sector management and leadership to the Ministry of National Security. 

Before coming to the Ministry, Mr. Lewis served as Permanent Secretary in Tobago at the former Ministry of Tobago Development. With the change in administration and re-organization of Government Ministries in 2015, he was assigned to the Office of the Prime Minister where he served as Permanent Secretary with responsibility for Tobago  Affairs.

He was appointed Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development in 2014 but served prior to this as Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Culture Ministry. He gave many years of service in that Ministry in the area of arts and cultural heritage management. 

Mr. Lewis served as curator of the National Museum Service and led many state heritage bodies and developed policies and programmes for historic preservation, community heritage and the transmission of traditional knowledge. He also lectured part-time at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine and has authored/edited several publications on art and heritage management.

Mr. Lewis studied Visual Arts at the UWI and obtained a Master’s Degree in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. He also holds an MBA and has completed training in Project Management and Strategic Planning at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of  Business, UWI, and Leadership at Harvard University, USA.


Prior to his assignment at the Ministry, Mr. Joseph was Permanent Secretary (Ag) at the Ministry of Public Utilities. 

He served previously as Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Community Development and the Ministry of Justice, over the period 2014-2015.  He returned to the Personnel Department in the capacity of Deputy Chief Personnel Officer, from 2015-2017 and was an integral part of the Negotiations Team for Public Sector Negotiations.

 Mr. Joseph holds a BSc in Economics (Hons) and has training in specialised areas such as Compensation Management, inclusive of Job Evaluation. 

Mr. Joseph seeks to assist his Executive colleagues in further implementing the Ministry of National Security Strategic Plan and working closely with members of staff in fulfilling the mandate of the Ministry.