OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

Wayne Zakers

Group CEO

Wayne joined the Group as CEO in June 2016.

A Chemical Engineer by background, he started his career with the chemicals arm of a multi-national oil and gas company. His early career was spent in operations management and engineering, and led to Chartered Engineer status. He worked in financial, commercial and procurement roles, his last role being business manager for a portfolio of solvents businesses.

A desire to develop his career in a different environment and with new challenges led him to move to a premium supplier of construction chemicals. His role grew from General Manager to Vice President level in Sales & Marketing, and in running the international export team, selling into four continents. Before joining David Ball Group Wayne spent four years as VP Europe, including manufacturing operations in Denmark, Spain and the United Kingdom.

When approached about the CEO role at DB Group, Wayne was struck by the enthusiasm and passion of the team, as well as the support and long-term commitment of the shareholders. The high service levels offered in the waterproofing business, based around the famous PUDLO brand, stood out and were highly valued by the customer base. The ability to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of the construction industry through the Cemfree technology was an important factor in Wayne’s decision to join the company.

Tony Sheridan

Group Commercial Manager

 

Tony joined DBG in September 2018 bringing with him nearly 20 years of construction industry experience. After completing a degree in civil engineering at University College Dublin he spent the first part of his career working as a structural design engineer in Ireland. He then went on to complete a full time MBA in Dublin in 2010 before coming to the UK to work in several commercial and general management roles within the ready-mix concrete industry. Tony leads the commercial function in all divisions at DBG.

Dr. Kostas Koutselas

Group Technology Manager

Dr. Kostas Koutselas joined DB Group as Group Technology Manager in 2017. With a background in technical research for Aggregate Industries, Unibeton and Fosroc, including international senior roles in Dubai and Qatar, Kostas has joined the DBG team to further develop our existing technologies and broaden our portfolio of innovative products for the future.

Kostas has extensive technical experience in concrete and admixtures, as well as a strong record of delivering innovative concepts and identifying market technical needs within concrete technology. The technical, commercial and development aspects of his role here at DBG create a unique opportunity for Kostas to utilize his know-how and expertise to help create new products for DBG to introduce to the market.

Professor Peter Hewlett

Director of Research and Development

A Chartered Chemist by qualification and a Chartered Scientist, Peter has been involved in materials research within the construction industry for 50 years, specializing in concrete, geotechnical materials and advanced adhesives. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his work on admixtures and concrete durability at the University of Dundee, where he is also a visiting Industrial Professor in the Division of Civil Engineering.

Peter is regarded as a global figure in construction materials, with several hundred publications and patents to his name. In 2006 he was awarded the U.K. Concrete Society Gold Medal, and in 2000 was given the Polish honour “Officer’s Cross of Merits” for excellence in Science and Technical Cooperation. He is a three times President of the U.K. Concrete Society, and Past President of the European Union of Agrément, the European Organisation for Technical Approvals, the U.K. Research and Development Society and the Cement and Admixtures Association.

Peter joined DBG in 2011 as Director of Research and Development, and is responsible for managing our on-site laboratory, overseeing the improvement of existing products and the development of new ones. He is currently Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Magazine of Concrete Research, President of the Institute of Concrete Technology, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Materials.

Oliver Minett

Group Operations Manager

Oliver began his career with DB Group in 1997 as a factory charge-hand. He progressed through a series of roles including Factory Manager, Production Executive, Production Manager before January 2017, when he became Group Operations Manager.

In this role, Oliver is responsible for the integration of sustainable procurement into our company working practices. He oversees the sourcing of equipment and materials as well as international export and importing of products. Furthermore, Oliver is head of the Specialist Sands division of David Ball Group and involved in product development. He oversaw the planning and execution of the company’s transition from offices in Bar Hill to its new site in Bourn – which involved managing stock on both sites – without any disruption.

Oliver has a BA Hons in Management from Anglia Ruskin University. He is also IOSH qualified for managing safety.

Dr. Abu Saleh

General Manager

Dr. Abu Saleh is a concrete technologist with 25 years of techno-commercial experience in concrete and construction industries in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Civil Engineer by training, he has obtained his PhD from the University of Bath UK on low carbon concrete for the Gulf region. He has also an MSc with distinction in Concrete Design and Environment from the University of Dundee, UK. Dr. Abu Saleh is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Concrete Technology, UK. Worked with different multinational companies like BASF, Fosroc and Elkem, he is now playing a vital role as the General Manager of Pudlo Middle East Building Materials L.L.C to promote durable and watertight concrete throughout the region.

Nur Juherni

Marketing & Administration

Nur graduated with MBA from University of the West of England (UWE), and has over 10 years of experience in various business areas including Business Management, Business Administration, Accounting & Finance, Marketing, Procurement, Human Resource Management, Quality Management, Events Coordination and International Communications. 

As a Business Administration and Marketing Manager, Nur is responsible for all aspects of Business Administration, Accounting & Finance, HR and Marketing for PUDLO Middle East.

Bahadar Ali

Operations

One of the key roles in the company, Operations, is handled by Bahadar Ali.  In this role, Bahadar ensures our daily Operations work is smooth and prompt.  In addition, Bahadar is also in-charge of Logistics and Health and Safety in PUDLO Middle East.

Bahadar has been working in UAE for more than 8 years in various Readymix companies. His valuable experience and determination has been the main ingredient to his good performance and positive contribution to PUDLO MIDDLE EAST.