Our People

We see the people who work with us as our single most important resource. Our organisation simply would not exist without the talent, energy and professionalism they bring. We aim to recruit and retain the best people who are personally and professionally committed to make a positive difference to the built environment. This is the way to guarantee our continued success into the future. You can see some of our dedicated professionals at work in our ‘BRE Uncovered’ film, and meet those who are leading our wide ranging activities below.

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.

Andrew Herbert

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Herbert

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Andrew has worked as a professional interim manager for over 25 years with experience in change programmes and turnaround work. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and has since held senior management positions in a wide range of organisations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors including NatWest Group, Guide Dogs for the Blind and more recently the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

He also works as a non-executive director having held a range of positions including chairman of Octavia Housing a registered housing association based in West London and past chair of the London Society of Chartered Accountants.

In one of his previous roles Andrew was managing director of Radio Taxis Group where he championed the move to becoming the first carbon neutral transport business as part of the company’s overall CSR plan. Andrew has spoken at numerous conferences on the business benefits of going carbon neutral and practises what he preaches having embarked on a personal project to restore a late Victorian town house, in a conservation area, whilst trying to achieve as low a carbon footprint as possible.

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.

Simon Alderson

Director, Commercial and Products

Simon Alderson

Director, Commercial and Products

As Director of Commercial and Products, Simon has full revenue responsibility across the BRE Group. He works across BRE to bring together our commercial, marketing, lead generation and business development activities into a cohesive strategy and plan

Prior to joining BRE Simon was Vice President at Pitney Bowes Software, leading the EMEA Division to deliver data and technology solutions to support business improvement to many of the world’s leading public and private sector organisations.

Over 20 years, he has fulfilled various leadership, commercial and sales focused roles predominantly in data and technology, with wide ranging sector experience. Simon is passionate about leading revenue growth through development and delivery of client centric products and solutions. Present and future market and client needs will be met through innovation, strong partnerships, clear commercial strategy, and open communications.

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.