Board of Directors
Paul Lester CBE
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Chief Executive Officer
Stephen joined Hanson plc in October 2002 and held a variety of senior management roles within Hanson and the HeidelbergCement Group. Stephen was appointed Managing Director of Hanson Building Products in August 2012, was appointed as a Director of the Company in January 2016 and was formally appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Forterra plc at IPO in April 2016. Stephen studied Economics at Kingston University in London and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Cranfield School of Management.
Stephen is an Officer of the Construction Products Association and a Director of the Brick Development Association.
Chief Financial Officer
Shatish joined Forterra as Chief Financial Officer in December 2015 and was appointed a Director of Forterra plc upon incorporation in January 2016. He has over 20 years of global experience in senior finance roles within different industries including building materials, business services, manufacturing and electronics. Notable appointments include Chief Financial Officer of TT Electronics plc, Group Financial Controller of De La Rue plc and Chief Financial Officer of Blue Circle South America based in Chile. Shatish has also been alternate Non-Executive Director at Camelot Group plc and Public Member at Network Rail plc. Shatish is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from London Business School.
Paul Lester CBE
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Paul was appointed as a consultant to the Board of Forterra Building Products in August 2015 and was appointed as Independent Non- Executive Chairman of the Company and chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees in April 2016.
Paul has over 30 years of experience at senior management or director level of businesses. Previously, Paul was Chief Executive of support services company VT Group Plc, Group Managing Director of Balfour Beatty plc and Non-Executive Director of Invensys plc. Paul has held numerous Board and senior management positions at other engineering and support service companies. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science with honours in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Management Studies from Nottingham Trent University. Paul is a Chartered Engineer, is Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is a member of Her Majesty’s Major Projects Review Group. Paul was awarded a CBE in 2008.
Non-Executive Chairman of Knight Square Holdings Limited, Greenergy International Limited, the John Laing Infrastructure Fund and Essentra plc.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Divya has over 16 years of experience at senior management or director level of businesses, including those in investment, infrastructure, energy, sustainability and manufacturing. Previously, Divya was an independent Non-Executive Director at Marine Current Turbines Limited, a Council Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and worked in the global infrastructure group at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. Divya has also held principal roles at Unilever Ventures Limited and The Parthenon Group. Divya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.
Managing Partner of Greensphere Capital LLP. Director of Greensphere Biomass 1 Limited and Duranta Energy Limited.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Justin has over 20 years of experience at senior management or director level of businesses, including those in engineering and all types of construction, including residential and commercial markets. Between 1990 and 2015, Justin held various roles within Keller Group plc, and became Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and Chief Executive Officer in 2004 until 2015. Previously, Justin was a Financial Manager at Reuters plc and trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte Haskins & Sells (Scotland) (now part of PwC). Justin is a qualified Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor degree in Accountancy from Glasgow University and the advanced management programme qualification from INSEAD.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director for Kier Group plc, Non-Executive Director of Sirius Real Estate Limited and member of the Audit Committee of the National Trust.