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

Dr Deborah Pullen MBE

Chief Executive Officer

Deborah 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 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.

George Foden

Humanitarian Research Lead

George Foden

Humanitarian Research Lead

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.

Jen Austin

BRE Trust Coordinator

Jen Austin

BRE Trust Coordinator

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

Tom Harvey

Communications Lead

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.

Aoife Luscombe

BRE Graduate - Sustainability Lead

Aoife Luscombe

BRE Graduate - Sustainability Lead

Aoife joined BRE on the graduate scheme in 2018 and has spent time in both the Housing and Energy team and BREEAM team focusing on sustainable housing and ecology in the built environment. Aoife moved to the BRE Trust in 2020 where her work will focus on accessible sustainability for small businesses, ensuring they feel empowered to implement sustainable methods in their business models.

Aoife has a MChem honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Surrey. Before joining BRE she interned for a conservation charity in Costa Rica assessing the impacts of climate change on wildlife species in the Osa Penninsula, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Aoife loves all things outdoors, when she is not exploring the countryside, she can be found on the Thames in a rowing boat- no matter the weather!

Anna Gatti

Student Intern, Humanitarian Programme

Anna Gatti

Student Intern, Humanitarian Programme

Anna is working in the research team as part of her Architecture degree at the University of Bath. She is analysing data collected by the humanitarian sector in order to assess the cost of poor camp design on the health of refugees - with the ultimate goal of creating a tool which will allow direct comparison of aid solutions based on their efficiency at increasing health standards. I her spare time Anna enjoys boxing, drawing, and country walks.