Dr. Townsend was a Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, University of the West Indies. He worked in both the public and private sectors during his career. An engineer by training, he worked extensively in the areas of traffic, public transportation and public policy with regard to infrastructural development. Over the past decades, Dr. Townsend has been engaged as a private consultant on a number of transportation policy & planning and traffic impact assessment studies. For the period 1998 to 2014, he worked in manufacturing as a Chief Executive Officer dealing with the challenges of sustaining small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in today’s competitive global environment. Dr. Townsend has served as a member of the Boards of two state enterprises, the National Insurance Property Development Company and the National Infrastructure Development Company. He was also a member of the Board of Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association from 2005 to 2012 and served as a Vice President and Chairman of the Port, Transport & Logistics Committee. He is also a former member of the Executive Council of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad & Tobago. In this regard, he was one of the council members who drafted and publicly advocated the Association’s position with regard to the proposed Trinidad Rapid Rail Project. In 2021, Dr. Townsend retired from the Univerisity of the West Indies.