Our leadership team

To guide the organisation and ensure responsible, impartial business practice, BRE is governed by its executive board. The board is made up of experienced senior business leaders, who oversee the daily running of the company, as well as our highly regarded industry experts and consultants. BRE is owned by the BRE Trust. Meet our trustees.

AllBRE Group Board DirectorsBRE Group Senior Leaders

Gillian Charlesworth

Chief Executive Officer, BRE Group

Gillian Charlesworth

Chief Executive Officer, BRE Group

As BRE Group’s Chief Executive, Gillian is responsible for the organisation’s strategy and performance. She works closely with BRE Trustees and the Group Board to define our purpose, vision and long-term goals.

Before joining BRE Group, Gillian was an Executive Director at RICS, where she held a number of roles covering assurance and enforcement of standards, global brand growth and thought leadership. She is passionate about the importance and potential of the built environment in creating sustainable, vibrant and productive life on the planet.

In her earlier career Gillian worked in the UK Civil service and with several professions and industries as a regulator and advocate. She promotes responsible leadership and one of her career highlights was being included in Women of the Future’s inaugural top 50 list of Kind Leaders in 2018.

Eloise Francis Director of Innovation at BRE

Eloise Francis

Director of Innovation

Eloise Francis Director of Innovation at BRE

Eloise Francis

Director of Innovation

Eloise has extensive experience in leading change in diverse technical teams across engineering, real estate, property management, and construction projects. Alongside her considerable profile within the industry, Eloise has played a key role leading the construction and property sector in its approach to health, safety and wellbeing, and more recently, enterprise risk and sustainability.

Eloise also has extensive board experience having sat on a number of key industry forums and previously held roles at Capita, Mace, Royal Mail, and Legal & General.

Eloise’s unique mix of hands-on and corporate experience will play a crucial role as BRE continues to lead the industry in developing innovative science-led solutions to built environment challenges.

Paul Conroy BRE

Dr. Paul Conroy

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Paul Conroy BRE

Dr. Paul Conroy

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Paul is a solicitor and strategic legal and public policy adviser, focused on policy analysis, organisational change, complex commercial projects, regulation and governance. Prior to joining BRE, where he provides strategic legal counsel, Paul had a number of roles at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority including Deputy General Counsel. Paul was also a partner and consultant at international law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP. Working in the Government, Energy and Infrastructure group, Paul focused on the rail, health, regeneration, waste and local government sectors, using his expertise in infrastructure and regulation, PPP, joint venture arrangements, public procurement and complex contracts. Paul holds an MA in Public Policy and Management and a Doctorate in Public Policy.

Vin Wijeratne CFO at BRE

Vin Wijeratne

Chief Financial Officer

Vin Wijeratne CFO at BRE

Vin Wijeratne

Chief Financial Officer

Vin Wijeratne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, with previous finance executive and board leadership experience he has a strong professional background in profit-for-purpose and public interest organisations including The Royal Mint, the Gambling Commission and the University of South Wales, as well public sector experience working for NHS Trusts earlier in his career. Vin also brings strategic and commercial experience gained during his time at EE, Orange and private equity owned business.

Jane Goddard

Director, Corporate Affairs

Jane Goddard

Director, Corporate Affairs

As Director of Corporate Affairs Jane will works across BRE to bring together our brand, communication, corporate and public affairs activities to increase awareness and engagement with BRE. She is also working to increase the value of the partnerships that BRE has with our key stakeholders and to develop and implement an effective communications strategy and plan. As a senior commercial leader, Jane has a range of skills and expertise in business development, PR, public affairs and marketing gained in the UK and internationally.

Jane’s experience, over 30 years in marketing and communications, have covered IT, transport and latterly sustainability. Her previous role as Director of Marketing and Business Development at the Energy Saving Trust encompassed working with government, businesses and consumers to influence policy and increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures,  providing her with a wealth of knowledge of both the housing, energy and sustainability.

Kirsten Lord

Director People and Change

Kirsten Lord

Director People and Change

Kirsten works with the Board and Executive Team to agree a holistic view of the strategic development of BRE, ensuring a common understanding of our vision and direction and agreement on priorities. Her role fosters strategic thinking, supporting the Board in planning the strategic direction and the Executive team in maintaining big picture focus whilst delivering transformation across key areas of the business. The role is responsible for assembling the programme of strategic projects, ensuring that individually and as a whole they deliver progress towards achieving our vision and long-term goals.

An experienced HR professional and business leader, Kirsten’s previous experience has been gained within hospitality, FMCG, logistics and professional services. Having been a member of leadership teams within large corporate brands as well as smaller, entrepreneurial ventures a common focus for each role has been on delivering change, transformation and growth.  Prior to joining BRE Kirsten held a Board position with Prime Hotels Ltd, as the HR Director.  Her concern for the wellbeing of people and interest in behavioural psychology, influences the design of transformational programmes she leads, ensuring these factors are considered alongside all other benefits of change initiatives.

Phil Wibraham

Phil Wilbraham

Interim Chairman, BRE Group Board

Phil Wibraham

Phil Wilbraham

Interim Chairman, BRE Group Board

Phil is Chairman of the BRE Trust Board and interim Chairman of the BRE Group Board.  Phil has spent 40 years working in the construction industry and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Keltbray, Wilson James and the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, and Chair of Trustees of the BAA Pension Scheme.

Previously he worked at Heathrow and became Expansion Programme Director in 2017, accountable for delivering Heathrow’s third runway along with the infrastructure to support it.  Before Expansion he was accountable for all the capital works at Heathrow, the Terminal 2 Programme and the completion of the construction of Terminal 5.  Prior to this he worked at Carillion, DHV and Mott MacDonald.

Paul Heatherington

Paul Hetherington

Interim Non-Executive Director, BRE Group Board

Paul Heatherington

Paul Hetherington

Interim Non-Executive Director, BRE Group Board

Paul is a serving Trustee on the BRE Trust Board and interim Non-Executive Director of the BRE Group Board.  He is an experienced senior construction sector leader having spent over 30 years in the industry, with experience that has included the BSS Group, Rugby Group, 20 years as Managing Director at a number of The Alumasc Group companies, and Chief Executive of Marshall Tufflex.

Paul has extensive non-executive experience on both industry and public sector boards.  This includes the Builders Merchant Federation (BMF), the Department of Education’s Hasting Opportunity Area, Hastings & Rother Economic Task Force, Sussex branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD), where he is Manufacturing & Engineering ambassador in addition to being a Fellow of the Institute.

He currently consults and provides leadership coaching within the construction sector and wider industry as a Vistage Group Chair.