MEP is a small, family-run business where humour and eccentricity are valued as intrinsic parts of creativity. As one of our long-serving sales representatives once said, adapting the USA network’s popular tagline: “MEP – characters wanted.”
Board of directors
Jeremy Taylor (Managing Editor) worked as a teacher in England, Kenya and Trinidad after completing his MA in English at Cambridge University before becoming a freelance journalist and commentator, contributing to a wide range of media including the BBC and the London Times. He edited the Caribbean Chronicle and BWIA Sunjet before co-founding MEP in 1990 with Joanne Mendes. Some of his articles and broadcasts were collected in Going to Ground (Prospect Press, 1994), and he wrote a guide to Trinidad and Tobago, Masquerade, for Macmillan (1986, 2nd edition 1991). He was the founding editor of Discover Trinidad & Tobago and Caribbean Beat, on which he remains a consulting editor, and currently edits ENERGY Caribbean, the Trinidad and Tobago Business Guide, and select client projects. Despite semi-retirement, he continues to enjoy writing and editing work – if only to “keep the brain ticking over” – and ever remains a threat to cakes and ice-creams left over after staff functions.
Joanne Mendes (Financial Director) worked at AS Bryden and Geddes Grant/Huggins for over twenty years before co-founding MEP with Jeremy Taylor in 1990. A founder member and still the production manager of the Marionettes Chorale, she is a passionate about arts, culture and philanthropy. Affectionately referred to as “de money lady” by her staff, she relishes a challenge, and seldom emerges anything but victorious. Pistachios and turkish delight are effective means of winning some measures of favour when needed.
Susan Dore (Chairman) began and ended her working life with Republic Bank, from which she retired in 2002 as General Manager, Human Resources after 38 years of unbroken service. A multiple Music Festival Championship winning pianist, she was an accompanist and fixture in the alto section of the Marionettes Chorale before being appointed their Assistant Musical Director in 1974. She still services as the group’s Property Fund Director, and dedicates much of her time to working with the Living Water Community.
Hugh Williams (Secretary) is a Consultant with KPMG and was formerly part owner and Partner-in-charge of Management Consulting of KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Science and MBA (Hons), Finance & General Management, both attained in Canada. Hugh is also a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultancy, UK.
Caroline Taylor (Director) is a staff writer and the online editor for Caribbean Beat and Discover Trinidad & Tobago (having served in the past as editor and assistant editor for the print editions of Discover and Caribbean Beat) and manages MEP’s websites and online marketing. She also moonlights as an actor and singer. She’s passionate about telling stories – on the page, on the stage, on screen and via social and digital media – and in particular about documenting Caribbean lives and events. She’s currently trying to master unplugging from her “iLife” (no trademark infringement intended), at least sporadically…
Halcyon Salazar (General Manager) has extensive experience and training in communications and management, and worked for many years as assistant general manager at the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian. She has also worked with Pier 1, GEM Radio, Music Radio 97, and radio stations in Florida, USA. An animal lover like most of her staff, she’s passionate about health, wellness, culture and philanthropy.
Denise Chin is a sales representative for Discover Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean Beat and ENERGY Caribbean. She has worked in marketing and sales for the last decade, after working at Republic Bank. A sister, aunty, and proud mother of two, she is also passionate about yoga, hashing, socialising, and charity work. Her colleagues are ever in awe of her quick, lethal wit.
Anu Lakhan is an editor at MEP, and manages Discover Trinidad & Tobago‘s print edition having written for the publication over many years. Another of MEP’s resident introverts and animal-lovers, she enjoys writing about food, books and anything else that pleases; editing anything that needs it; and teaching ways to think about writing. She is the author of Trinidad: Caribbean Street Food.
Nicholas Laughlin is the returning editor of Caribbean Beat, and editor of The Caribbean Review of Books (CRB) (formerly published by MEP). He is also one of the administrators of the contemporary arts space Alice Yard and the Bocas Lit Fest (The Trinidad & Tobago Literary Festival). His reviews, essays, and poems have been published in various periodicals. He has also edited CLR James’ Letters from London and V.S. Naipaul’s Between a Father and Son: Family Letters.
Hazel Mansing handles accounts receivable at MEP. She has worked in the travel industry for a number of years, and served as property manager at the British High Commission before moving to MEP. Together with Jacqui and Joanne, she forms part of the terrific trio in the “downstairs office” at MEP.
Marissa Rodriguez is an On-the-Job Trainee (OJT) at MEP, working in both the design and editorial departments at MEP. She is currently working toward her BSc in Journalism at COSTAAT, and joins the rest of MEP’s design and editorial team as a raging introvert.
Jacqueline Smith manages production and distribution at MEP, itogether with some administrative and accounting duties, after working at Neal & Massy Holdings for over 15 years. She is also a Music Festival-winning singer, and member of the Marionettes Chorale. She claims to bring some sanity and stability to MEP’s motley crew.
Bridget van Dongen, originally from South Africa (and a mean “tipsy tart” maker), has been in the print business for many years and has worked all over the world. She has been living in the Caribbean for nearly 15 years and has been in publishing, doing graphic design and assisting with editorial for over five. A wife, mother, plus self-proclaimed design guru and social media addict, she reads voraciously in her spare time and is in love with her Kindle.
Karen Washington is the international sales representative for Caribbean Beat. She has worked in sales and marketing for over 15 years (including at Computers & Controls Ltd, UltraPharm Ltd, Oscar Francois Ltd, and Barbecue Guru Ltd). She’s nevertheless yet another of MEP’s introverts, quietly enjoying tennis, swimming, and listening to country music!
Kevon Webster is a design and layout artist at MEP, having worked and trained at Sandpiper Publishing. Apart from maintaining the male to female ratio in the office, he also helps maintain MEP’s websites, particularly Caribbean Beat. Ever the helpful colleague, he is usually the one called on for help when something electronic isn’t working or for the more glamourous task of reaching something on the high shelf.
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