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.





Ms. Penelope Bradshaw-Niles joined the Ministry of National Security as Acting Permanent Secretary on 24 January, 2019. 

Ag. PS Penelope Bradshaw-Niles brings to this Ministry more than twenty-five years’ experience in the Public Service. 

Her former portfolios include Permanent Secretary (Ag.) and Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries.



She also served there as Team Leader, Acreage Management in the Resource Management Division with responsibility for the oversight of the Trinidad and Tobago Natural Gas and Crude Oil Reserves Audit and the coordination of competitive bid rounds since 2012.

Prior to her assignment to the Ministry of National Security, Ag. PS Bradshaw-Niles led a team to develop the Ministry of Energy’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 and was involved in the development of cross-border initiatives with Trinidad and Tobago’s neighbouring territories, namely Venezuela, Grenada and Guyana.

Acting Permanent Secretary Bradshaw-Niles holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and MSc in Engineering Management from the University of the West Indies and an MBA in Petroleum Management from the University of Kansas, USA.