Fortel Top Team Members

Chairman :ShindaNijjer

Shinda founded Fortel in 1998 after more than 20 years in the construction industry, where he originally started out as a labourer. As the then owner and Chief Executive of the company, he led its early growth and development. He became Chairman in 2009 and now divides his time between overseeing the business and running a Corporate Social Responsibility programme in the UK and India.

Vice Chairman : John Pilkington

John joined Fortel’s board in 2012, having 40 years experience with major international companies including Ove Arup, Tarmac, Carillion and Amey, where he was Managing Director of the Investments business and led the Strategic Development unit. Trained as a structural engineer, John chaired the CBI’s working group on PFI for three years and was seconded to the DFES to help design the Building Schools for the Future programme. He now provides strategic advice to a range of clients.

Chief Executive : Sat Nijjer

Sat joined the family-owned business as operations director in 2005. He has a BSc in Computer Science and a career in investment banking with the US company, Bear Stearns. He became chief executive in 2012, the second generation of the family to lead the company. He is involved in the economic development of Walsall Borough through a seat the Walsall Economic Board an Alumni Member of The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and Vice-Chairman of the Asian Sports Foundation.

Finance : Ian Smith

Ian was appointed to Fortels Board in September 2014, after more than 20 years experience in senior finance roles. Ian spent over 10 years in the construction sector, including three years as FD of the UK’s largest in-situ concrete flooring contractor. Before moving into construction, he held senior positions in various financial service institutions, including the West Bromwich Building Society.

Labour Supply &  Recruitment : Andy Berry

An Engineer with 35 years experience of delivering projects for Principal Contractors, Network Rail and London Underground. Self-motivated with a proven record, Andy spent 10 years in Carillion’s recruitment business SkyBlue initially heading their Rail business and ultimately running Carillion Managed Service. Andy has a BSc of Combined Engineering and holds IOSH Safety and Risk Management.

FM : Amar Sandhawalia

Having graduated in Aerospace Engineering (BEng) at Queen Mary University of London, Amar joined Chartered Accountants Bowker Orford of Cavendish Place, London. In 2011 he was headhunted by Fortel and joined as Financial Accounts Manager and then through a succession of internal promotions he was appointed to the board in 2014. As Vice-Chairman of the Employment and Skills Board of Walsall and holds a certificate from IRCA in Quality Management Systems Auditing.

Governance &Wellbeing : Lyn Redsell

Appointed Head of Governance and Wellbeing in 2014, She has substantial experience in the wholesale, retail, manufacturing and construction industries, holds CIPD, IOSH and IIRSM memberships, and is accredited by organisations including AAT, BTEC, NEBOSH, IOSH and ROSPA.