Board & History

Jürgen Wild

Chairman, RSBG Infrastructure

Jürgen Wild is the Chairman of RSBG Infrastructure, the owner of Pell Frischmann. Before this, he worked as the CEO of multiple international engineering firms and contractors.

Prior to joining the power generation industry in 1991, Mr. Wild served 12 years as an officer in the German army. He studied aerospace technology at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich.

Mr. Wild is a member of the supervisory board of the R. Stahl.

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Tushar Prabhu

Chairman, Pell Frischmann | CEO, RSBG Infrastructure

Tushar Prabhu is the Chairman of Pell Frischmann and CEO of RSBG Infrastructure. After training as a civil engineer at the University of Cambridge and an urban planner at Harvard University, he has gained over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure and property projects around the world.

His primary interests are in the design, development, structuring and procurement of infrastructure projects. His knowledge of finance and economics combined with his engineering acumen has enabled him to successfully deliver numerous large-scale land-development and regeneration projects from feasibility through design and implementation.

Tushar also serves as a Trustee of Variety, the Children’s Charity.

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Lady Barbara Judge CBE

Board Member

A US-trained lawyer with dual citizenship, Lady Barbara has led a truly remarkable international career as a senior executive across both public and private sectors.

In 1980 she was appointed by the President of the United States as the youngest ever Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission and began its efforts on the internationalisation of the securities markets. In 1993, she moved to the UK and joined News International plc, again as that company's first female Executive Director. After a series of high profile positions, she founded Private Equity Investor plc, a London-listed fund of private equity funds. 

In 2002, Lady Barbara became a director of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and was appointed Chairman in 2004. She is currently a member of the UAE Advisory Board for the Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy and chairman of International Advisory Board of the Energy Institute at University College, London.

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Jon Grady

Chief Financial Officer, Pell Frischmann and RSBG Infrastructure

Jonathan Grady joined Pell Frischmann as CFO in 2016 and joined the board later that year. He has a proven track record of success spanning financial roles in the private equity, professional services, engineering, construction, market research, and venture capital sectors. Jonathan possesses extensive international experience having worked in various locations including the UK, Middle East, India, Germany, and France.

Jonathan was appointed to his first Finance Director role in 2007 at the age of 29 and has particular interests in digital transformation, robotic process automation, and shared services. An avid sportsmen, he has 11 international rugby caps where he represented the UAE in the Asian 5 nations.

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Strong Foundations

Originally formed as C. J. Pell & Partners by Cecil Pell in 1926, the firm made its start in London, growing quickly in the years that followed - especially following the Second World War. During its early years, it centred its work on structural engineering and mechanical and electrical building services.

The company rose to national prominence in the 1960s as the structural engineers behind the iconic 117m high Centre Point. Its unusual construction, made of precast concrete pieces assembled on site by crane, rose at a then record rate of one floor complete every seven days without external scaffolding.

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Growing Recognition

In the early 1970s, the name Pell Frischmann was adopted, with Dr Wilem Frischmann becoming a partner and leading figure at the firm, alongside other notable figures such as Sudhakar Prabhu who would later found the company's Indian subsidiary Frischmann Prabhu.

In the 1980s, Pell Frischmann grew rapidly. It acquired the West Yorkshire Road Construction Sub-Unit during privatisation, and has grown the operation in Wakefield into an internationally recognised roads engineering consultancy. It also took on 70 staff from the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, having played a key role in the design of the largest new town in the country. During this time, one of the company's most famous projects, the Natwest Tower (now Tower 42) was built - at the time, the highest office tower in Europe.

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International Endeavour

Growth continued into the 1990s, when Sudhakar Prabhu founded Frischmann Prabhu in Mumbai, growing the new business in rail, road, and water engineering and expanding into offices across India. The firm moved into water engineering with a new base in Exeter following water industry privatisation, and established a presence in the Middle East.

Into the new century, Pell Frischmann took on an international outlook. Its engineers in Wakefield were behind the development of Highway 2000, a major new highway connecting key locations across Jamaica to support economic growth. The firm also took a hands-on role in the rebuilding of Iraq, turning its engineering expertise to improvements in water and transport capacity across the war-torn country.

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A New Environmental Era

In 2015, Pell Frischmann was acquired by RSBG, part of RAG Stiftung, which was itself established to build a commercial income to finance environmental improvement in the Ruhr in Germany.

The new decade also saw Pell Frischmann established its own new acquisition strategy, bringing on board MEP specialists Desco, and Road ITS specialists 4way Consulting. At the same time, it was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise for a second time, and returned to its iconic Centre Point to support its revival for the next century.

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