Deborah is a core member of the BRE Trust Board, providing leadership of the Trustees in setting the vision and strategy to maximise its positive societal impact and success of the BRE Trust, one of the UK’s largest charities focused on supporting transformational change in the built environment. She also works closely with BRE Group executive colleagues to ensure ongoing synergies and collaboration in achieving complementing strategic objectives. She is responsible for the BRE Trust research and education programmes, which use the gift aid received from BRE Group and other external sources to commission research, provide scholarships and disseminate outputs widely through a range of physical and digital formats. Prior to formal appointment to this role Deborah was the BRE Group Research Director and as a member of the BRE executive team still maintains a strategic role in ensuring that BRE has an integrated research strategy to ensure the success of the BRE Trust and its subsidiaries.
Deborah has a BSc(Hons) in Materials Science, a PhD in polymer chemistry, is a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institutes of Building and of Materials, Minerals and Mining. In 2012 Deborah successfully completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 for her leadership of the BRE Trust Future Cities Programme. She has spent the last 20 years leading research teams and business units focused on the manufacture and use of high performance polymer materials in government and private sector organisations across a range of industries including defence, aerospace, oil & gas, transport, and medical. Deborah has also set up and led a number of knowledge transfer networks and was awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen’s New Year Honours in recognition of her work in innovation and knowledge transfer in the Built Environment. Deborah’s current affiliations include: Scholarships Committee and also a Court member of the Worshipful Company of Constructors Livery Company, a Board member of the European Network for Building Research Institutes (ENBRI). Previous affiliations include: Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge, UKTI Construction Industry Steering Group and Smart Cities Task Group, IOM3 Construction Materials Group, CIOB Research & Innovation Group, CIOB Professional Membership Advisory Panel, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Engineering Strategic Advisory team, UK National Platform for the Built Environment, Green Construction Board ‘Greening’ task Group, Chair of the AIRTO Task Group for the Built Environment.