Whos Who

Director

Jo Smith

Managing Director

Fortress Interlocks is delighted to announce the appointment of Jo Smith as its new Managing Director. This appointment is a quick promotion for Jo, who only joined Fortress as Finance Director in November 2015. Prior to joining the company Jo spent most of her career in the Aerospace industry, beginning at Lucas Aerospace on the company's graduate programme in 1997. Over the last 10 years she has held various leadership roles with UTC, a large US corporation.

Tony Baggott

Sales & Marketing Director

Tony Baggott is Sales Director and has enjoyed a career with Fortress for in excess of 30 years. He has held a variety of roles within the sales organisation and was appointed to the board in 2001. He has responsibility for sales of the Fortress portfolio of products on a global basis, excluding China and Australasia. 

Simon Bailey

Director

Simon Bailey is a Director, and has worked for Fortress for 35 years. During that time, Simon has fulfilled several roles, including Operations Director, and was promoted onto the board in 1992. Simon has the responsibility for all new product development.

Malcolm Sharp

Managing Director - Fortress Australia

Malcolm Sharp is Managing Director of Fortress Australia and has been involved in interlocking for over 25 years, he is a member of the Australian Machinery Safety Standards Committee.

Rob Johnson

Technical Director

Rob Johnson, Technical Director, joined Fortress in 2013 as a Chartered Engineer with 15 years’ experience of embedded electronic and software design and project management in manufacturing environments. He was promoted into a Senior Electronics Design Engineer role and was responsible for developing and maintaining the company’s portfolio of electronic interlocks and communication interfaces. Rob now has the responsibility for all new product development.

Fortress Australia

Narelle Goring

Sales Manager - Fortress Australia

Narelle Goring is the Australasian Sales Manager and has worked for Fortress for 10 years.

Kim McKay

Commercial Manager - Fortress Australia

Kim McKay is Commercial Manager and has worked for Fortress for 32 years in a variety of roles including sales, operations and administration. 

Chen Yu

Business Development Manager - Fortress Australia

Chen Yu is Business Development Manager responsible of switchgear interlocking in Australasia and market development in South Korea. He is both a Certified Machinery and Functional Safety Expert.

Violet Engelmayer

Shop Floor Supervisor

Violet Engelmayer is Shop Floor Supervisor and has worked for Fortress for 27 years.

Malcolm Sharp

Managing Director - Fortress Australia

Malcolm Sharp is Managing Director of Fortress Australia and has been involved in interlocking for over 25 years, he is a member of the Australian Machinery Safety Standards Committee.

Melissa Jamieson

Administration

Melissa Jamieson has been with Fortress for four years in an administration role.

Sharon Lawrence

Finance

Sharon Lawrence has been running finances at Fortress Australia for ten years.

Sonja Grah

Supply Chain

Sonja Grah has worked in a variety of roles including, Customer Service, Marketing, and Stock Control and has been with Fortress for almost 14 years.

Steve Copestake

Quality Engineer

Steve Copestake has worked for Fortress for 29 years, is a qualified fitter and turner, and also looks after the Fortress Australia Quality System.

Ashlea Sandl

Customer Service

Ashlea Sandl started with Fortress in 2009 and is the key customer service point of contact.

Idris Namdar

Lock Team

Idris Namdar joined Fortress a year ago and is a lock builder.

Xiaodan Yan

Lock Team

Xiaodan Yan joined Fortress as a lock builder in 2015.

Fortress China

Frank Chen

Sales Manager - Fortress China (Shanghai)

Frank Chen is the sales manager of Fortress China (Shanghai), joined in the Fortress at the 2012. He takes care of the Fortress Interlocks in whole China excluding Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Marvin Guan

Regional Sales Manager - Fortress China (Northeast)

Marvin Guan is the Regional sales manager of Fortress China (Northeast , Shenyang), joined in the Fortress at the 2012, He takes care of the Fortress Interlocks in the North of China.

Bay Yin

Sales Engineer - Fortress China (South)

Bay Yin is the sales engineer of  Fortress China (South ,Guangzhou), joined in the Fortress at the 2014, He takes care of the Fortress Interlocks in the South of China.

Levin Li

Sales Engineer - Fortress China (Southwest)

Levin Li  is the sales engineer of  Fortress China (Southwest ,Chengdu), joined in the Fortress at the 2014, He takes care of the Fortress Interlocks in the Southwest of China.

Angela Wang

Purchasing Engineer - Fortress China (Shanghai)

Angela Wang is the purchasing engineer of Fortress China ( Shanghai), joined in the Fortress at the 2014, She takes care of the Chinese suppliers of Fortress.

Kevin Luo

R&D Engineer - Fortress China (Shanghai)

Kevin Luo is the R&D engineer of Fortress China ( Shanghai), joined in the Fortress at the 2014, he takes care of the NPD program in China.

Fortress Europe

Peter Gros

Sales Manager - Europe

Peter Gros is the Sales Manager for Fortress Europe.  Peter joined Halma (CEF Safety Systems B.V.) in 1999, and then joined Fortress in 2004.  He has built up the sales in Europe and since 2010 headed up the European team.

Fortress UK

Phill Carroll

UK Sales Manager

Phill Carroll is the UK Sales Manager for Fortress Interlocks.

He has 30 years’ experience in all aspects of machine safety. Ranging from Safety consultancy and training, risk assessment, safety system specification product specification and selection.

Trapped key interlocking and machinery guard switches being the main focus.

Aaron Harvey

Export Sales Manager

Aaron Harvey is Export Sales Manager and has been with Fortress for in excess of 15 years. He has responsibility for sales of the Fortress portfolio into Asia (excluding China and Korea); the Middle East and Africa. The development of new distributors within these regions and management of a sales area within the UK.

Ray Maybury

Quality Manager

Ray Maybury is the Quality Manager for Fortress and started with Fortress in 2004. He has the overall responsibility for Quality Control, Health & Safety, Environmental Management and product approvals within Fortress on a global basis. 

Paul Rogers

Regional Sales Manager

With over 10 years experience within the control & automation sector dealing with system integrators, control panel manufacturers, OEM manufacturers and end users alike Paul has the proven ability to quickly understand customers requirements and provide both standard & bespoke solutions.

Fortress USA

Andy Cartwright

US Regional Sales Manager - West

Andy Cartwright is the Regional Sales Manager for the West Coast Region of the USA Territory, he manages Channel Partners and clients alike and uses his expertise and experience of over 15 years with Fortress Interlocks to facilitate the exposure of Fortress Interlocks in this region.

Peter Farrell

US Regional Sales Manager - South East

Peter Farrell is an 8 year Regional Sales Manager covering the Southeast United States. He has been a Safety Product Specialist in the industry for 15 years.

Sergio Amaral

US Regional Sales Manager

Sergio Amaral is a Regional Sales Manager and he has joined Fortress at the end of 2014. He has more than 14 years of experience with Industrial Automation and South America market. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. He has responsibility for sales of the Fortress products in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and all Latin America.

Henry Toal

US Regional Sales Manager - Greater Midwest

Henry Toal is the Regional Sales Manager for Greater Midwest Region. Henry originally Joined Fortress 10/2001 as the regional sales manager SW UK.  Henry Relocated to US 08/2006 to take up the position of Regional sales manager for the Greater Midwest Area.