Our Team

Driving research, innovation and knowledge sharing across the built environment sector.

The BRE Trust Team works to ensure the charitably funded work of the BRE Trust achieves its strategic aims, and in doing so, enable transformational change within the built environment that delivers sustainable buildings, communities and cities.

Meet the Team

Dr Deborah Pullen MBE

Chief Executive Officer, BRE Trust

Dr Deborah Pullen MBE

Chief Executive Officer, BRE Trust

Deborah Pullen is a core member of the BRE Trust Council, providing leadership in setting the vision and strategy to maximise the Trust’s positive societal impacts. She is responsible for the Trust’s operations and programmes, which use gift aid from BRE and other external sources to commission research, provide scholarships and disseminate outputs.

Deborah spent 20 years leading research teams and business units in the public and private sectors, and has also set up and led a number of national knowledge transfer networks. She 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.

Harriet Cooper

Research Lead, BRE Trust

Harriet Cooper

Research Lead, BRE Trust

Harriet Cooper’s interests in climate change (in which she gained an MSc at UCL) and architecture led her to accept a place on the BRE Graduate Scheme. This gave her valuable experience and insights into a range of research areas, including flood resilience, healthy cities, sustainable development and blockchain technologies.

Harriet has been a researcher for the BRE Trust since 2017, helping to direct and conduct research across multiple themes, and to share the outputs from the Trust’s wider research programme. In her spare time she likes cycling, adventure travel, urban gardens.

Jen Austin

Executive Coordinator, BRE Trust

Jen Austin

Executive Coordinator, BRE Trust

Jen Austin co-ordinates the Trust supported research projects and studentships, ensuring that agreed milestones are achieved and the appropriate funding is delivered. She arranges the quarterly Trust Council meetings and assists in preparing the quarterly reports presented at these meetings.

Jen joined BRE’s Customer Services in 2014, moving to the Trust the following year. Previous experience includes being a service station advisor (she can help to fix a car) and working for a motorcycle training school. As well as caring for her two children, Jen finds time for photography, woodwork, macramé, baking and many other interests.

Tom Harvey

Communications Lead, BRE Trust

Tom Harvey

Communications Lead, BRE Trust

Tom Harvey is a copy-writer and editor responsible for generating material to help disseminate the aims, achievements, new knowledge and expert guidance outputs of the BRE Trust, its research and education programmes and partners.

Tom has been associated with BRE since 1991 in roles including technical editor, press officer and marketing editor, and for several years as a freelance writer/editor. He joined the BRE Trust in 2018, working remotely from home in North Devon, where he spends much of his spare time pottering around an allotment on a hill with a sea view.

George Foden

Humanitarian Research Lead, BRE Trust

George Foden

Humanitarian Research Lead, BRE Trust

George Foden is the Humanitarian Sector Programme Researcher for the BRE Trust. He joined BRE in 2018 to work on the QSAND tool, focusing on strengthening links between BRE and humanitarian organisations.

George has a masters’ degree in Conflict, Security, and Development and a bachelors’ in Psychology with American Studies from the University of Sussex. Before joining BRE he worked for community-based organisations on peace building, outreach programmes and development initiatives in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the US. He is a trustee of a charity supporting a school and disabled children’s home in Tamil Nadu, India. His main focus is on community-based humanitarian action, peace building and development in post-conflict societies.