Our Trustees

Provide strategic direction to BRE Trust and its Companies.

Trustees are invited to join the BRE Trust board on the basis of their experience and expertise in their respective fields and its potential impact on Trust activities. The role of the Trustees is to provide strategic direction to BRE Trust and its companies and:

Manage

Manage

The activities of the Trust, its assets and investments, in accordance with the relevant Acts and guidance issued by the Charities Commission

Develop

Develop

Research and education objectives for the charity and to prioritise expenditure against such objectives

Strategic Direction

Strategic Direction

The work of the Trust and group companies; to ensure the excellence of scientific standards within the BRE group of companies

Ambassadors

Ambassadors

For the work and objectives of the Trust and its group companies

Input

Input

The strategic business plans of the group companies

Benchmark

Benchmark

The activities and achievements of the BRE Trust and its group of companies

Extend

Extend

The scope of the Trust’s charitable activities for the public good and seek funding

The Trustees

James Wates CBE

Chairman, Wates Group

James is Chairman of the BRE Trust. He has worked in the construction industry all his life, having joined Wates Construction as a management trainee in 1983 and progressing through various roles to become Chairman of Wates Group in 2013.

James Wates CBE

Chairman, Wates Group

James is Chairman of the BRE Trust. He has worked in the construction industry all his life, having joined Wates Construction as a management trainee in 1983 and progressing through various roles to become Chairman of Wates Group in 2013. He holds numerous other positions within the built environment, including Chairman of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Co-Chairman of Build UK, Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Trustee of The University College of Estate Management, and a Non-Executive Board Director of Argent Services LLP. His commitment to society and education has been demonstrated in his roles as a Member of the government’s Apprenticeship Delivery Board, Chairman of the think tank tomorrow’s Company, Vice Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, a Governor of the Emanuel School, a Governor of the University of Westminster and a Patron of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust. In January 2012 James was awarded the CBE for services to Construction and charitable sector.

Francesca Berriman MBE LLB(Hons) HonDTech FRSA

Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Francesca became the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) in 1995. She has over 20 years of experience working within the architectural technology discipline and also has a legal background.

Francesca Berriman MBE LLB(Hons) HonDTech FRSA

Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Francesca became the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) in 1995. She has over 20 years of experience working within the architectural technology discipline and also has a legal background. Some of her many successful achievements include attaining Royal Charter status of CIAT in 2005. She has also held the role of Vice Chairman for the Society of the Environment and for the Construction Industry Council (CIC), of which she is still actively involved. Francesca was made an MBE in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 2012 Birthday Honours, for services to the architectural technology profession. In 2014 she was awarded an Honary Doctorate of Technology from Southampton Solent University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Gary Wingrove

National Projects and Construction Director at BT Facilities Services Ltd

Gary oversees the delivery of all capital construction projects across the UK and Ireland. He has previously led the commercial and cost management team at UBS and prior to that was head of cost management for Morgan Stanley.

Gary Wingrove

National Projects and Construction Director at BT Facilities Services Ltd

Gary oversees the delivery of all capital construction projects across the UK and Ireland. He has previously led the commercial and cost management team at UBS and prior to that was head of cost management for Morgan Stanley, advising on its Canary Wharf portfolio. Gary is vastly experienced and extremely well-connected. His already impressive portfolio also includes serving as President of the BCO (British Council for Offices), as well as being a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Gary brings valuable expertise in agile working, workplace design, facility management, ICT and corporate management to the Trust.

June Barnes

Formerly CEO of East Thames Group

June initially trained as a town planner and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She was Chief Executive of the East Thames Group, a housing association, for over 16 years.

June Barnes

Formerly CEO of East Thames Group

June initially trained as a town planner and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She was Chief Executive of the East Thames Group, a housing association, for over 16 years before retiring in September 2014. She has previously worked for a number of housing bodies focusing on housing development and regeneration, housing services and resident involvement. She chaired the London Sustainable Development Commission and more recently was a member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group. June is currently a Board Member of Urban and Civic plc.

Peter Lobban OBE

Formerly Chief Executive, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Peter’s experience covers economics, politics, the oil industry and construction. He applied his Econometrics studies as an academic at the London Business School. Following this, he became Head of Economic Policy at CBI, rising to Deputy Director of Employment Affairs.

Peter Lobban OBE

Formerly Chief Executive, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Peter’s experience covers economics, politics, the oil industry and construction. He applied his Econometrics studies as an academic at the London Business School. Following this, he became Head of Economic Policy at CBI, rising to Deputy Director of Employment Affairs. Peter then joined Shell becoming a Director of Shell Chemicals UK before moving to oil exploration and production and going overseas as a Director of Brunei Shell. He returned to the U.K. as a Director of Shell operations in the North Sea and as Chairman of the U.K. Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation co-ordinating the industry’s response to the Piper Alpha disaster. Peter joined CITB in 1998 as Chief Executive also becoming Chief Executive of ConstructionSkills following its establishment in 2004. He was a Board member of Movement for Innovation – the precursor to Constructing Excellence. Peter is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Constructors, and has recently become a Member of the Council of Ulster University.

Phil Wilbraham

Expansion Programme Director

Phil joined Heathrow in 2003 and became Expansion Programme Director in 2017 accountable for delivering Heathrow’s third runway along with the infrastructure to support it.

Phil Wilbraham

Expansion Programme Director

Phil joined Heathrow in 2003 and became Expansion Programme Director in 2017 accountable for delivering Heathrow’s third runway along with the infrastructure to support it. Previously as Development Director, Phil was accountable for all the Capital works at Heathrow.    As Eastern Campus Programme Director, Phil, was accountable for the delivery of the airport’s new Terminal 2.  This £2.5bn programme has provided passengers with a new, ‘state of the art’, terminal.

Before Terminal 2, Phil led the completion of the £4.3bn construction of Terminal 5 and prior to that he led the £350 million Terminal 5 Landside Development Project which included the successful completion of the Twin Rivers Diversion and M25 Spur ahead of programme and under budget.

Phil is also Chairman of the Trustees of the BAA Pension Fund at Heathrow.

Phil was previously Director of Civil Engineering with TPS Consult, where he was involved in private and public sector schemes from feasibility stage through to design, construction and completion.  This included working for BAA on Terminal 5 and many other projects at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, as well as with many other clients.

Phil has also worked both overseas and in the UK as a civil engineer for DHV and Mott MacDonald.

Julia Barrett

Director, Re-Thinking, Willmott Dixon

An experienced sustainability professional, Julia is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.  She previously worked for Cambridgeshire County Council, the Environment Agency and ICI in various technical and commercial roles.

Julia Barrett

Director, Re-Thinking, Willmott Dixon

Julia Barrett is the Director of Re-Thinking, Willmott Dixon’s in-house sustainability team.   She provides leadership and strategic support on sustainable development across Willmott Dixon.   Julia also chairs the company’s Gender Diversity Steering Group and is an Inspire Me Ambassador.