Henry Pitman has 30 years’ experience of building businesses in the UK and Africa. He is the current Executive Chairman of OPTIMISM Health Group and co-founder of African Century Group – an African investment group. Previously, he was founder and CEO at Tribal Group plc and a Non-Executive Director at Grainger plc.
Chief Executive Officer
Brusk Korkmaz has worked in the construction industry for 20 years. Prior to founding Hercules in 2008, he held positions with MJ Gleeson, Black and Veatch and Hochtief UK, gaining experience across a range of civil engineering projects and labour supply for various sectors, including highways, rail, water industry and utilities. He is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and holds a BEng Honours Degree from University College London.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul Wheatcroft has spent 25 years as a Finance Director working in a number of industry sectors including construction, building materials, energy, wholesale, manufacturing. He joined the Company in February 2020 and brings with him significant business experience in M&A, raising finance and financial management. Previously, Paul was Finance Director in three subsidiaries of Hanson PLC for over 13 years, and Group Finance Director of Ecotricity Group, a green energy company for eight years, responsible in all these roles for financial, legal, HR and IT matters.
Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Ahmet Iplikci is currently a strategic board member at Banco Finantia, a Portuguese bank, and a partner at Noctua Partners Europe Limited, a multi-family office with offices in Miami, New York and London. He also sits on the advisory boards of British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, Fuel Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in the UK, and Privcorp Private Equity that invests in Emerging and Frontier markets. Ahmet was a Senior Adviser to the Turkish Prime Minister’s Office Investment Agency from 2010 to 2014 and Senior Adviser to the Kazakh Invest National Company JSC from 2018 to 2020.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Richard Kilner is a chartered civil engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Educated in South Africa, he has a B.Sc. degree in civil engineering. He has held a number of senior positions in construction and private equity and also has specific experience of property development, business process outsourcing and healthcare. He was a partner at 3i Group plc where he was involved in significant investments in Asia, the USA and Europe. Richard also spent five years (including a year as acting Chairman) as a Non-Executive Director of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Richard is currently Non-Executive Director of AIM-listed Nexus Infrastructure plc.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Robin Stevens is a Chartered Accountant and is Head of Capital Markets at MHA MacIntyre Hudson LLP, the UK member firm of Baker Tilly International. He was formerly an audit and corporate finance partner, and Head of Capital Markets, of Crowe UK LLP, having held senior corporate finance and audit partner positions with Mazars LLP and MRI Moores Rowland LLP. Robin has had an extensive career in corporate finance including corporate advisory and reporting assignments, raising capital, management buyouts, capital reconstructions, and pre-flotation planning. He has also advised on acquisitions and disposals by public and private companies as well as many IPOs and secondary offerings in the UK and overseas. Robin is currently Non-Executive Chairman at AIM-listed Vector Capital plc, a Non -Executive Director of Aura Renewable Acquisitions Plc, listed on the Standard Segment of the Main Market in London, and Annica Holdings Limited which is listed on the Catalist Market of the Singapore Stock Exchange.
Senior Management Team
Quality Assurance Director
Nicola Korkmaz has a broad experience of Quality Assurance and is an IRCA Certified Lead Auditor. She has been with the Company since its formation in 2008, working in and developing every department within the business. Nicola created Hercules’ Business Management System, which has resulted in the Company gaining numerous accreditations. Nicola is married to Brusk Korkmaz.
Paul Field joined Hercules in 2014 as Construction Director, responsible for managing the Civil Projects division through a period of significant growth. He previously held senior positions with Wilmott Dixon and MJ Gleeson, gaining extensive experience across a variety of sectors. Paul is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, BEng CEng MICE.
Andreas Gottfried has held business development and sales director roles for the past 20 years. Andreas joined Hercules and the construction industry in October 2019, having previously worked in the technology sector, focusing on digital transformation and process improvement. Since joining Hercules, Andreas has helped the Company to secure a number of new major clients and projects, as well as helped to set up the specialist plant hire division.
Head of Business Excellence
Chris Winfield has over 10 years’ recruitment experience across digital marketing, ecommerce and construction. Chris works closely with the Company’s clients and internal teams to drive recruitment strategies on major projects across the country including new framework agreements with Skanska and Balfour Beatty, while also having responsibility for creating positive social value outcomes for client projects
Head of Digital and Technology
Ed Horner joined Hercules in November 2019 as Digital Transformation Manager, working on the delivery of the Hercules digital applications and personnel management system. Ed has previously held digital management roles
with Lloyd’s of London, Nationwide Building Society and London & Capital.
Suction Excavator Business Manager
Wayne Phillips has over 15 years’ experience in a variety of different businesses and roles, including technology, procurement, purchasing and accounts. Wayne joined Hercules in March 2015 as part of the accounting and technology team and oversaw the digitisation of the Company’s central business systems and delivery of the Hercules mobile app.