We invest in people
Our people are AES

We invest in people
Our people are AES

Without values, there is no meaningful success.

Our business is guided by four key values which underpin everything we do.


We believe in clear, concise interpersonal communication. From boardroom to factory floor, AES believes in the value of honest, empathetic communication & guidance.


Each member of our team plays a pivotal role in achieving outstanding results for our client-partners. When we take care of our people, our client-partners enjoy the same treatment.


AES strives to deliver operational excellence by simplifying complexity, being proactive with our client-partners and keeping the future in mind in everything we do and create.


Delivering results is not our only purpose. We believe that making a positive difference to our community and environment is the best way to give back and ensure everyone benefits from good work.

Our Leadership

Our people make our business possible. Being on the front-line with our client-partners every day, they embody the integrity of what AES stands for. As a result we've seen many of our staff quickly rise through the ranks and establish their own credibility within their regional communities.

AES takes compliance with its employment equity and training obligations very seriously. AES invests heavily in training and the promotion of talented people on an equal opportunity basis into the industrial operations environment.

Andrew Standring

Former Chairman

Andrew was an early employee and pioneer of the first outsourcing contracts by AES as well as the Former Chairman of Associated Energy Services (Pty) Ltd. He is a Chartered engineer with strong energy plant modelling and energy plant project management and operational experience.

Chris Paterson

Managing Director

Chris is a Chemical Engineer having been involved in operations optimisation at SASOL and was promoted to the position of Managing Director at AES following his early role as the Regional Manager of the KZN Region.


Ian Verwayen

Financial Director

Dennis Williams

Commercial Director

Cuan Watkins

Operations Director

Gavin Evezard

Projects Director

Brenainn Cross

Technical Director

Ray Lund

Associate Director & EC Regional Manager

Regional Management

Ray Lund

Associate Director & Regional Manager (Eastern Cape)

Jordan Smith

Regional Manager (Gauteng)

Cuan Watkins

Operations Director (KwaZulu-Natal Based)

Xavier Nene

Regional Manager (Western Cape)