A Wednesbury-based businessman and tabla player in a bhangra band will be the next president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.
Ninder Johal, aged 50, will be the chamber’s new vice-president to succeed the current president Paul Bennett at the start of April next year.
Over the next 12 months he will work alongside Mr Bennett who is responsible for representing business in the Black Country; working with each of the local boards and decision-makers to ensure that the chamber influences policy for the benefit of local business.
The father-of-two who was born and raised in Sandwell, and lives in Bearwood, has served as the president of Sandwell Chamber for almost two years after several years on the chamber board.
He is also chairman of the Black Country Asian Business Association and a Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership board member and is managing director of Wednesbury companies Nachural Records and Nachural Corporate Communications.
Mr Johal studied accountancy and finance at Leeds Metropolitan University before doing an MBA at Aston University.
While being a member of the band Achanak he started record label and then diversified into event management and manufacture of loudspeakers.
“I look forward to building on the foundations Paul has laid during his tenure, with particular emphasis on developing relationships with our stakeholders for the betterment of local companies.”
Mr Bennett said: “I am delighted that Ninder will succeed me as President, it is a natural progression of his current role.”