Board of Directors

YSHAN FERNANDO – Managing Director


Auctioneer/Broker, Tea Taster and Valuer. 32 years experience in the Tea Trade. 
Commenced career at Messrs Eastern Brokers (Pvt) Ltd in December 1981 as a trainee in tea and coconut brokering. He served as Director Tea of Eastern Brokers (Pvt) Ltd for a period of 7 years prior to joining Forbes & Walker Ltd in August 1998. He was appointed a Director of Forbes & Walker Ltd and Managing Director of Forbes & Walker Tea Brokers (Pvt) Ltd. on 1st April, 1999.

During his career he has held appointments as Chairman, Colombo Brokers Association, Panel Member, Sri Lanka Tea Board and Panel of Surveyors, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. 


SHARADA SOSA – Director Finance









Estate Manager, Visiting Agent, Manufacturing Advisor. 36 years in the tea trade.
Commenced employment in 1977. Worked as an Asst Superintendent/Superintendent on several estates managed by Janatha Estate Development Board. Joined Thalawakelle Plantation in 1992 as a Manager / Visiting agent. Also serves as an key consultant to Coca Cola -Central Europe, Eurasia and Middle East. Joined Forbes & Walker Limited in February 2001, as a Manufacturing Consultant. Advises Tea Factories on quality manufacture, machinery maintenance, cash flow management and cost control etc. 
In addition also advises Smallholders on updated agricultural practices and related issues such as shear/mechanized harvesting. Appointed to the Board of Forbes & Walker Tea Brokers (Pvt) Limited on 1st February 2003

About F&W

Forbes & Walker was set up in 1881 as a partnership between James Forbes and Chapmen Walker. Although there is no actual record of the date on which it was established the very first cash book, still in the possession of the Finance Director, indicates the brokerages were earned from 1st August 1881. In Sir Thomas Villiers' book “Mercantile Lore” the date of establishment of Forbes & Walker has been put down      Read More...

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