Meet the Team behind Aurex Constructors

Our business success is a result of the leadership provided by our board of directors who have a wealth of industry knowledge, expertise and experience behind them.

The business growth culture

Aurex Constructors aims to deliver on uncompromised sustainable excellence in the field of Turnarounds, Maintenance and Construction. Our team of directors drive this focus by putting plans into action and passing on their extensive knowledge through employee mentorship with the aim of growing the industry.

Company Culture of Growth

Executive Leadership Team

Stuart Kent

Stuart Kent is an accomplished executive and visionary leader. With a background in Mechanical Engineering from Durban University of Technology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Leadership from Nottingham Trent University and having completed the prestigious Harvard University Advance Management Program, he brings a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen to his role.

Stuart’s career spans over two decades, during which he has worked in various sectors, including oil and gas, pulp and paper, polymers, and mining, across multiple countries. He joined the company in 2000 as a Field Engineer and has since held various management roles, gaining extensive experience in complex turnaround and construction projects.
In December 2020, Stuart led a management buyout, establishing Aurex Constructors as a wholly South African owned entity. Under his leadership, the company has experienced remarkable growth, with strong financial performance reflected in impressive EBIT figures.
Recognised for his ability to build and empower high-performing teams, Stuart has formed a talented and diverse leadership team at Aurex Constructors. Together, they drive the company’s growth strategy, fueled by a passion for innovation and excellence.

Prabashni Naicker

Prabashni Naicker is a seasoned professional with more than 28 years of experience across Education, ICT, Engineering, and Construction industries. She holds expertise in bid management, project management, human resource management, and strategic project implementation. Prabashni completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in 2003.

Currently serving as the Director of People and Strategic Projects at Aurex Constructors, Prabashni leads the development of people and employee wellness programs, fostering a positive work environment. She works closely with the CEO to execute strategic projects aligned with the company’s vision and goals.
Prabashni Naicker is a visionary leader committed to driving organisational excellence and delivering impactful results.

Jaco de Bruin

Jaco de Bruin is a highly accomplished financial professional with nearly three decades of expertise across various industries that include construction, manufacturing, retail, medical, mining, and intellectual property (IP) Legal. Throughout his extensive career, he has spent a significant portion in prominent financial leadership roles within each industry. He obtained his B. Com (Honours) Financial Management from Rand Afrikaans University and obtained his CIMA/CGMA qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK.

 

He is recognised for his adeptness in identifying continuous improvement opportunities, has garnered praise for providing strategic direction, enhancing quality, and maintaining a robust operational focus. He has a notable knack for overseeing diverse functions across the business and not only in finance.

Delvin Bühler

Delvin Bühler is a highly skilled operations executive with extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. With a diploma from Durban University of Technology and additional leadership training in the United Kingdom through Development Dimensions International, he has honed his expertise in delivering exceptional projects.

Since joining the company in 2004, Delvin has excelled in management roles, both locally and internationally, including assignments in Russia and Canada. He possesses a deep understanding of navigating challenging physical environments and consistently achieving outstanding results.

Currently leading Aurex operations in South Africa, Delvin oversees Construction, Maintenance, and Shutdown projects across all energy sectors. His strong business acumen and focus on building customer relationships propels the success of Aurex operations while positioning the company for a sustainable future.

 

Grant Villet

Grant Villet is an experienced Operations executive with a strong background in the Oil & Gas, and Petrochemical sectors. He obtained his National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Cape Town, South Africa.

Since joining the company in 2006 he has held various roles, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience along the way.

Grant is an innovative leader in the company, spearheading its expansion into international markets. With his strategic mindset and extensive industry knowledge, he is driving the company’s growth and success on a global scale.

Grant also serves as turnaround specialist for the organisation. His expertise in identifying and implementing effective strategies has been instrumental in revitalising and transforming the company.

Sheri Bartlett

Sheri Bartlett is an accomplished Chartered Accountant (CA) with a strong background in technical accounting and financial management. She completed her studies at the University of Johannesburg, earning a BCom Accounting (Honours) degree and subsequently passing both parts of the qualifying examinations and registering as a CA (SA).

Sheri started her career as an Article Clerk at Ernst & Young, where she gained valuable experience in the Retail, Banking, and Logistics industries. In 2011, she joined the company as a Financial Accountant and has since held various management roles, continuously expanding her expertise.

Her meticulous approach, analytical skills, and in-depth industry knowledge contribute to effective financial decision-making and the company’s long-term success.

Clive Garner

Clive Garner is a highly accomplished professional in Construction and Project Management, registered at the South African Council for Professional Construction and Project Management. He holds a Professional Registration in Construction Management, showcasing his expertise and commitment to excellence in the field. He completed the Senior Executive Development Program at the Gordon’s Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria in South Africa.

With a career spanning over 3 decades, Clive has worked across diverse sectors such as Oil & Gas, Mining, and Power, in multiple regions across the African continent and the Middle East. Throughout his journey, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility, demonstrating his ability to successfully deliver complex shutdown and construction projects with exceptional outcomes.

As the Operations Director for the Oil, Gas and Chemical sector, he has played a key role in the company’s growth and diversification. Under Clive’s strategic leadership, the business has expanded its portfolio to include Civil, Tankage, and other services while pursuing global expansion opportunities.

Peter Pelser

Peter Pelser is an accomplished professional with a strong background in Contract Management and Quantity Surveying. He completed his studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, earning a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree. In recognition of his expertise, he gained professional membership to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2012.

Peter Pelser is highly experienced in the Engineering and Construction industry with a career spanning over 15 years. He has worked in diverse sectors such as oil and gas, heavy industrial, renewables, and civils, gaining valuable expertise. Since joining the company in 2014, he has excelled in various management roles.

Currently, Peter serves as the driving force behind Business Development, Proposals and Estimating, Procurement, and Commercial operations at Aurex Constructors, a role he assumed in June 2019. Leading a dynamic and talented team, he formulates robust strategies that support the business’s objectives and fuels its growth. With his inspired leadership, the team continuously develops sustainable approaches that align with our business’ core values and goals.

Rohini Pillay

Rohini Pillay is a highly qualified legal professional with extensive international expertise in various areas, including Corporate Governance, Construction & Engineering, Information Technology, Commercial, Litigation, and Labour Law.

She holds a LL.B (Bachelor of Laws) degree and an LL.M in Maritime Law (Master of Laws). Additionally, she is an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

With her strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships, she fosters collaboration and breaks down silos within organisations to achieve synergistic benefits.

Rohini’s current focus lies in strategic initiatives, aligning her skills to meet the organisation’s objectives. She excels in taking initiative, working independently under pressure, and maintaining a meticulous approach while also being a strong collaborator. Her keen eye for detail ensures that fundamental business processes are understood and realised, while keeping sight of the “Big Picture.”

Herman Bührmann

Herman Bührmann is a skilled professional in the field of engineering, construction, and maintenance. He obtained a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Centurion College in South Africa and holds an Electrical Trade Certificate. Registered as an Installation Electrician under the South African Electrical Installation Regulations.

Herman embarked on his career in 2002 as an Electrician in the security industry in the United Kingdom before transitioning into the electrical sector in South Africa. Over the course of his career, he has assumed various roles, accumulating over 20 years of experience. His expertise spans a wide range of projects, including coal-fired power stations, automotive assembly, passenger railway stations and tunnels, pipelines, and solar energy plants.

Currently, Herman serves as Operations Manager for Renewable Energy within our company. In this role, he spearheads renewable energy opportunities, oversees ongoing projects, and develops strategic initiatives. His dedication and expertise contribute significantly to our renewable energy endeavours.

Dirk Botha

Dirk Botha is a Mining Engineering graduate from the University of Pretoria, with an Honours degree. He also holds certification in Advanced Business Risk Management from the University of Cape Town.

With a career spanning almost 3 decades, Dirk has significant experience in the engineering, construction, oil and gas, and mining and metals sectors. He has worked in various locations including South Africa, Canada, Mozambique, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as risk and operations manager.

In 2021, Dirk assumed the position of Risk and Compliance Manager at the company. In this role, he ensures the systematic application of the strategic integrated risk management program across the business. He plays a key role in understanding internal and external risks to the business, supporting the decision-making processes of the executives.

Board Members

Stuart Kent

Stuart Kent is an accomplished executive and visionary leader. With a background in Mechanical Engineering from Durban University of Technology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Leadership from Nottingham Trent University and having completed the prestigious Harvard University Advance Management Program, he brings a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen to his role.

Stuart’s career spans over two decades, during which he has worked in various sectors, including oil and gas, pulp and paper, polymers, and mining, across multiple countries. He joined the company in 2000 as a Field Engineer and has since held various management roles, gaining extensive experience in complex turnaround and construction projects.
In December 2020, Stuart led a management buyout, establishing Aurex Constructors as a wholly South African owned entity. Under his leadership, the company has experienced remarkable growth, with strong financial performance reflected in impressive EBIT figures.
Recognised for his ability to build and empower high-performing teams, Stuart has formed a talented and diverse leadership team at Aurex Constructors. Together, they drive the company’s growth strategy, fueled by a passion for innovation and excellence.

Prabashni Naicker

Prabashni Naicker is a seasoned professional with more than 28 years of experience across Education, ICT, Engineering, and Construction industries. She holds expertise in bid management, project management, human resource management, and strategic project implementation. Prabashni completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in 2003.

Currently serving as the Director of People and Strategic Projects at Aurex Constructors, Prabashni leads the development of people and employee wellness programs, fostering a positive work environment. She works closely with the CEO to execute strategic projects aligned with the company’s vision and goals.
Prabashni Naicker is a visionary leader committed to driving organisational excellence and delivering impactful results.

Vivek Maharaj

Vivek is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at HEC Paris.

Vivek serves as a Non-Executive Director and actively participates in the business’s Social and Ethics, and Audit and Risk board committees.
His previous experience includes roles in the finance function of both listed and unlisted businesses and he is currently a partner at a Corporate Finance firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions.

Nthime Khoele

Nthime Khoele is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and its Graduate School of Business.

Nthime is a co-founder and co-Managing Partner of Bopa Moruo Private Equity, a private equity investment management firm, managing over R1.5 billion of equity capital across its private equity funds. Prior to founding Bopa Moruo in 2012, Nthime was a director in Brait’s private equity business, which he first joined in 2000, after starting his career at RMB Asset Management.
Nthime also serves on the boards of various Bopa Moruo portfolio companies, including as Chairman of Respublica Group and as a non-executive director of WACO International, Skynet Worldwide Couriers International (SA and UK), Aurex Holdings and Dipula Income Fund. Nthime also serves on the boards of two non-profits, as Chairman of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa NPC and as director of the St Mary’s School Foundation NPC.

Sherwin Jagarnath

Sherwin, a CFA Charter holder and certified FRM, graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a B.Bus.Sc (Bachelor of Business Science Finance) Honours degree.

Sherwin is an experienced Senior Transactor at RMB Ventures. Since joining Rand Merchant Bank in 2008 and transitioning to RMB Ventures in 2013, Sherwin has evaluated and successfully led a number of deals.
He represents RMB Ventures on the boards and sub-committees of Vox Telecoms, Stage Zero, Gemelli Clothing, Biosciences (Efekto and Marltons), PAVI South Africa and Aurex.
Sherwin’s expertise, entrepreneurial ability and strategic acumen contribute significantly to RMB Ventures’ portfolio companies.

Sahil Bhimjee

Sahil Bhimjee, is a qualified CA (SA), having graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with a Higher Diploma in Accounting in 2014.

Post studies, Sahil worked for a year at the University of the Witwatersrand as an Academic Trainee, lecturing and tutoring undergraduate and post graduate students at the School of Accounting. Thereafter, Sahil completed his remaining two years of articles at KPMG South Africa within the Consumer Markets and Technology division based in Johannesburg.
Sahil spent time with KPMG in Silicon Valley post articles, following which he joined the Absa CIB Debt team in July 2018, working on numerous leveraged finance and investment grade debt financing transactions across sector. Sahil recently joined the RMB Ventures team in February 2022.

Andiswa Mjuleka

Andiswa Mjuleka is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science and is a CFA Charter holder and a CA (SA).

Andiswa is a Senior Transactor at Bopa Moruo Private Equity, a private equity investment management firm, managing over R1.5 billion of equity capital across its various private equity funds.
Prior to joining Bopa Moruo in 2017, Andiswa was an investment associate at Capital Eye Investment Holding. Andiswa began her career as a sell-side equity analyst at SBG Securities working within the Telecommunications and Media sector team performing quantitative and qualitative research on JSE listed companies.
Andiswa is a member of the board at Waco Africa, Skynet Worldwide Couriers SA, Respublica Student Living, DSD Shopfitters and Flexible Packages Convertors. She chairs the Audit & Risk sub-committees of various boards. Andiswa also serves on the board of a non-profit, the Respublica Student Beneficiary Trust.

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