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First Citizens

Banking, Investment and Financial Services

For almost three decades, First Citizens has been serving the people of the Caribbean with excellence, care and integrity. Established in 1993, by pioneers who believed in the possibility of the successful management of a bank, solely by locals, today, the First Citizens Group is one of the leading financial services Groups in Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean. Driven by an over two-thousand-member workforce, the Group is proud to connect Caribbean communities, through its footprint in Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Costa Rica and its flagship location, Trinidad and Tobago.

Through the largest Group sector, First Citizens Bank, as well as, First Citizens Investment Services Limited – the Caribbean’s largest full service securities trading Company (Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia); First Citizens Bank (Barbados); the First Citizens financial services office in Costa Rica and its other subsidiaries including First Citizens Trustee Services Limited and First Citizens Depository Services Limited; clients can access a full range of retail, commercial, corporate, merchant, trustee, investments and brokerage services from the Group. First Citizens also recently expanded through two key investments – a purchase of shares in Jamaican financial services company, Barita Investments Limited and a minority stake in web-based credit institution, Term Finance (Holdings) Limited.

Leading First Citizens’ frontline operations, is an extensive retail branch network in Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados with a large deployment of ATMs and point of sale devices in both countries, while customers across its markets can benefit from customised solutions to meet their diverse financing and investment needs. First Citizens is a proud contributor to the people and communities that it serves, through the work of its First Citizens Foundation which invests extensively in a range of initiatives, under its corporate social responsibility pillars of Sport, Youth and Education, Gender, Culture and the Environment.

The award-winning Group, which has attained accolades such as Bank of the Year Caribbean 2020 from LatinFinance, boasts of an asset base of just over TT$47 billion and recorded profit before tax of TT$832M for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020. Standard and Poor’s, one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies, established an investment grade rating for First Citizens of BBB-/A-3 credit in 2020.

The Group stands poised to continue to develop its rich legacy of financial growth and sustainable investments in people and communities. First Citizens remains committed to building rewarding and sustainable relationships through a highly engaged team, versatile and secure technology, and innovative financial services.

Executive Management Team

Karen Darbasie

Group Chief Executive Officer

Jason Julien

Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Business Generation

Dr. Sterling Frost

Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations and Administration

Senior Management Team

Anthony St. Clair

Chief Internal Auditor

Avril Edwards

General Manager, Digital and Electronic Services

Brian Woo

General Manager, First Citizens Depository Services

Kirlyn Archie-Lewis

General Manager, Human Resources

Larry Olton

General Manager, Operations (Ag.)

Lindi Ballah-Tull

General Counsel, Group Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

Neela Moonilal-Kissoon

Head Integration Operations

Richard Look Kin

General Manager, First Citizens Investment Services

Robin Lewis

General Manager, Retail and Commercial Banking

Sana Ragbir

Group Chief Risk Officer

Shiva Manraj

Group Chief Financial Officer

First Citizens “Powerhouses” Show How Much They Care

Showing We Care TOGETHER. Anthony I. Smart – Chairman, First Citizens (3rd from left) and Karen Darbasie - Group CEO, First Citizens (3rd from right) are all smiles with Staff Volunteers at Cashew Gardens, Chaguanas. First Citizens was thrilled to get into action for United…

May 24th, 2023

First Citizens supports Agri Investment Forum & Expo II

Professor Sterling Frost – Group DCEO – Operations & Administration, First Citizens (2nd from left) and Franka Costelloe – Director, First Citizens (3rd from left) pose with Staff at the First Citizens Booth First Citizens joined with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and…

August 25th, 2022

First Citizens Launches Additional Public Offering (APO)

Karen Darbasie - First Citizens Group CEO First Citizens advises that on June 28, 2022 it launched an Additional Public Offering (APO) of shares at an offer price of TT$50.00 per share. This follows an announcement by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and…

July 28th, 2022

Join the First Citizens Community

First Citizens recently launched the next chapter in its sustainability programme – First Citizens Community, signalling a further step towards grounding its environmental, social and governance agenda and creating a meaningful and measurable impact across the communities it serves. First Citizens Community is designed to…

June 8th, 2022