Welcoming new board members and renewing drive for diversity and excellence
With a 21-yearhistory of technical excellence in the built environment,Nyeleti Consultingis welcoming three new members to its board of directors, who are set to continue the company’s strategic vision. Founded in 1999 with the vision to transform the consulting engineering industry, the board showcases the accomplishments of the company founders and the technical expertise of its vibrant team. The board comprises long-standing Nyeleti executives who have seen great professional development and mentoring through their years at the company.
THE BOARD CURRENTLY CONSISTS OF:
- Abe Thela – chairperson, Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) past president and FIDIC Afr ica vice-president
- Sundran Naicker- CEO, SAICE past president
- Stephen Humphries – CFO
- Leshna Naicker – HR direct
THE THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS ARE:
- Rajan Padavattan – COO
- Francois le Roux – financial director, CSSA vice president
- Gengan Govender – operations director
MENTORING PAYS OFF: A LEGACY CONTINUED
Founders of the company Stanford Mkhacane and Pine Pienaar remain non-executive directors. Nyeleti Consulting was founded in recognition that tr ans formation in the consulting engineering industry needed to be urgently worked on in the new democratic age. Mkhacane and Pienaar left their positions as senior managers at existing organisations to start the company 21years ago. Beginning with just three people,Nyeleti Consulting quickly grew, with many of those who joined in the earl y years now appointed to the board.
Pienaar says:”The move towards an inclusive and expert board started years ago through continued mentoring and coaching of young talent within the company. From early on, Nyeleti held a strategic imperative to encourage a pipeline of diverse young professionals to be groomed for executive and decision -making roles. It is with great pride that I see many of those whom we as founders personally mentored now entrusted as board directors to continue this legacy.
Right fr om t he start, we provided broad shareholding opportunities for staff in the organisation with a de liberate vision and effort to prepare them to take over the company’.’CEO Sundran Naicker has said the new board plans to continue this strategy, which has been successful in empowering an inclusive and diverse group of young up-and-coming professionals. “We are passionate about ensuring there is a dedicated and skilled pipeline of professionals ready to embrace management opportunities and provide input and ideas in our decision making.Through mentoring our younger co-workers and promoting knowledge sharing. we are ensuring business continuity while also setting the example for transformation in the industry’.’
NYELETI ENCOURAGES A PIPELINE OF DIVERSE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO BE GROOMED FOR EXECUTIVE AND DECISION-MAKING ROLES11
ENCOURAGING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT
The proudly South African company competes with international names and has worked on a number of notable infrastructure projects including the Gautrain project , the ReaVa ya public transport network, the national and provincial roads network and Medupi and Kusile power stations. Comprising over 75% black staff including technical staff and women, Nyeleti Consulting prides itself on the wide ranging and engaging exposure it provides to new graduates and engineering technologists.
Further, the directors actively encourage their younger team members to pursue post -graduate studies, attend conferences and workshops for professional development , and gain their professional registrations. With both CESA and SAICE past president s on the board, the company also encourages involvement in voluntary associations,acknowledging the role these bodies play in skills development, networking and mentorship.