Background Information

The Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT) was formed in 1997.

The First meeting was held in May 1997 at the then Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (RBTT Bank).

The Association was comprised initially of the following Member banks: Bank of Commerce, Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), Citibank, First Citizens Bank Limited, Republic Bank Limited and Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Limited.

Mission Statement

To play a core role in the growth and stability of the financial sector, through advocacy and representation; and to facilitate the provision of the most competitive banking products and services to our customers, with integrity and transparency.

This mission will be guided under the Value Elements of:

  • Reputation
  • Representation
  • Advocacy
  • Information-sharing and Education and achieved by:-
    • Fostering a collaborative approach for positioning the banking sector in Trinidad and Tobago consistent with international trends and compliance with international standards and changing market and regulatory requirements.
    • Playing an active role in the education of the public on various risk mitigation methods as well as enlightening them on their financial options.
    • Working as a cohesive body in partnering with the Central Bank and other local regulatory and business agencies for the development of the banking sector as well as enhancing their support for the productive sectors of the economy.


The Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago is a non-profit organization formed among the commercial banks to promote collaboration on matters of importance to the banking sector.

In accordance with the Companies Act 1995 of Trinidad and Tobago Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago BY LAWS No 1, the objective of the association is:

“To promote the consideration and the discussion of all questions affecting banking and financial services in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and abroad and generally to watch over, protect, represent, express and give effect to the views and opinions of banks on all matters relating to Banking and Financial Services.”

Executive Team



Richard Downie

Managing Director, RBC Royal Bank (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited

Vice President

Nigel Baptiste

Managing Director, Republic Bank Limited


Gayle Pazos

Managing Director & Country Head, Scotiabank (Trinidad & Tobago) Limited


Karen Darbasie
Group Chief Executive Officer. First Citizens Bank
Anthony Seeraj
Managing Director, First Caribbean International Bank (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd
Mitchell De Silva
Citi Country Officer & Managing Director, Citibank (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd

Robert Le Hunte
Managing Director, Ansa Bank Ltd.  
Jerome Smalling
Interim CEO, JMMB Bank (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd