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 settingDeborah 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.

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George Foden

Humanitarian Programme Lead

George Foden

Humanitarian Programme Lead

George Foden is the Humanitarian Programme Lead 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.

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!

Stephen Alexander

BRE Graduate - Humanitarian and Development Programme

Stephen Alexander

BRE Graduate - Humanitarian and Development Programme

Stephen joined BRE in 2019 when coming on to the graduate scheme. His first year was spent in BREEAM, split between the Go-to-Market Team and the Programme management team, with a focus on BREEAMs interaction with the sustainable development goals, net zero carbon, and the market applicability of their services. Stephen has moved to the Trust for his third placement on the scheme in 2020 and will be assisting with research around the humanitarian sector and disaster response strategies.

Stephen has a MSc in Climate Change from the University of Copenhagen. Before coming to BRE Stephen spent 3 years in Denmark studying for his degree and working as a bartender in some of Copenhagen’s iconic locations. Stephen loves music, from playing a few different instruments to exploring the production world. He also loves all things sport, with climbing taking most of his attention in recent times.