People

We are recognised as market leaders because of our employees and their dedication to providing the best service possible.

Our loyal team are committed to our company ethos of always providing excellent customer services and the best construction products available.

We strive as a company to maintain our industry-leading reputation and encourage and empower our people to be the best that they can be. The company’s continuous investment in its workforce is reflected in continuous training and people development.

As part of our ongoing development and improvement plan, David Ball Group Ltd is accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BES 6001.

Wayne Zakers - 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 David Ball 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.

 

Martin Coles - Head of Finance

Martin joined David Ball Group Ltd in February 2016 as Head of Finance.

He trained as a Chartered Management Accountant and has worked in numerous sectors. In his early career these included engineering, capital goods distribution, hygiene rental and a government ‘quango’. He gained all-round experience in financial management, planning & analysis and costing.

At the age of 34, in a quest to widen his experiences, Martin trained as a secondary school teacher. He taught A-level students and lectured on professional accountancy courses. He also took up the opportunity to be an author for two educational publishers.

Back in industry, Martin joined a stock exchange listed company as financial controller, and was subsequently promoted to Finance Director where he played a major role in several business acquisitions. After this he was Finance Director at Sylmar Technology, and together with the MD completed a successful MBO at the height of the financial crisis.

Martin was attracted to DBG because of the huge growth opportunities both in the UK and worldwide and he looks forward to seeing the company go from strength to strength.

 

Gary Brennand - Group Commercial Manager

Gary joined David Ball Group as Group Commercial Manager in 2017.

Gary has been in the construction materials industry for 17 years, starting his career as an aggregates and asphalt technician before moving on to commercial, operational and general management roles in companies such as Aggregate Industries, Hope Cement and The Breedon Group. He has an extensive range of expertise, skills and qualifications, including an MBA in Business Administration, which will prove invaluable for reinforcing and realising DBG’s ambitions going forward.

Oliver Minett - Group Operations Manager

Oliver MinettOliver began his career with David Ball 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 Kostas Koutselas - Group Technology Manager

Dr Kostas Koutselas joined David Ball Group Ltd 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 utilise 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

Peter HewlettA Chartered Chemist by qualification and a Chartered Scientist, Peter has been involved in materials research within the construction industry for 50 years, specialising 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 David Ball Group 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.

Rowan Swanser - Compliance Manager

Rowan SwanserRowan’s career has always involved a focus on quality standards. He joined David Ball Group in 1999 as a laboratory assistant from his previous job as a Quality Inspector for Cambridge Design Tech. He progressed through various roles within the factory before assuming his current position as Production and Quality Manager in October 2012.

Since then, Rowan has transformed the company’s training programme for factory employees and has implemented measures to further the quality standards of David Ball Group. He is currently working on attaining the Environmental Management ISO 14001standard. Rowan is also responsible for organising the production and transportation of both national and international orders as well as ensuring the smooth running of factory procedures. He is trained for internal audit practices with a QMS qualification as well as two further City & Guilds technology training qualifications.

Gillian Wells - Finance Manager

Gillian WellsGillian is a qualified Secretary with qualifications for stages 1 and 2 of the RSA diploma. She has worked in secretarial roles for Barclays Bank, TSB (now Lloyds TSB), and as PA to the Finance Director in Cambridge-based company, Kitchen Range Foods.

Gillian joined David Ball Group in 1999 as PA to the Chairman, David. Within a few years she had become increasingly involved in organising the company’s finances, and in November 2012 she completed the transition to Finance Manager. In this role, Gillian’s main activities involve preparing monthly management accounts and liaising with an external auditor.