Meet the Trustees
Sir James Wates CBE
Chairman, Wates GroupSir 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.
Sir James Wates CBE
Chairman, Wates Group
Sir 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 Sir James was awarded the CBE for services to Construction and charitable sector, and in June 2019 he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to business and charity.
Professor Vicky Pope
National Labs Lead, Association of Research InnovationVicky Pope was, until recently taking early retirement, Head of Science and Technology Futures, Met Office Government Services Senior Management Board. Vicky is a Trustee of the Devon Wildlife Trust and In2ScienceUK. She is also the National Labs lead for the Association of Research Innovation and Technology Organisations (AIRTO) and a member of the EPSRC Mathematics Advisory Team.
Professor Vicky Pope
National Labs Lead, Association of Research Innovation
Vicky had a long and successful career in the UK Met Office in a variety of roles - as a climate science researcher, programme manager, communicator of publicly important science, and partnership developer. She is now building a portfolio career that focuses on the issues that she particularly cares about and where she can make a tangible difference. These include protecting and enhancing the environment, improving scientific literacy in decision making and improved access to STEM careers.
Head of Radian BuildJonathan Rickard is a chartered architect with more than 30 years’ experience of working both in private practice and, more recently, the regulated housing sector with Radian, an award-winning housing provider operating across the south of England. At Radian he leads their in-house construction programme.
Head of Radian Build
Jonathan is a champion of good design, sustainability and place making, and has been engaged in delivering highly sustainable residential developments. He regularly contributes to the work of housing groups, is a past chair of the RIBA in Hampshire, has been a member of the RIBA housing group, is a Board Member of BCHA, and is a Non-Executive Director of SECBE.
Francesca Berriman MBE LLB(Hons) HonDTech FRSA
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Architectural TechnologistsFrancesca 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.
Formerly CEO of East Thames GroupJune is currently a Non Executive Director of Urban and Civic plc which is a master developer with over 40,000 new homes in pipeline; and a Board Member of Hornsey Housing Trust.
Formerly CEO of East Thames Group
June is currently a Non Executive Director of Urban and Civic plc which is a master developer with over 40,000 new homes in pipeline; and a Board Member of Hornsey Housing Trust. 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.
CEO of Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)Sarah became Chief Executive of CITB in January 2017. Proir to CITB, Sarah worked mainly within the financial sector, in both commercial environments and not-for-profit organisations. She has led on several transformational programmes, including company mergers, systems development and a variety of people and management-related projects.
CEO of Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Since becoming Chief Executive of CITB in January 2017, Sarah has led CITB through a successful consensus process and launched the three-year Vision 2020 programme of reform which will see the organisation become more responsive and accountable to industry. More recently, Sarah fronted the launch of the organisations new, reforming 2018-2021 Business Plan to help make the Vision 2020 programme become a reality.
Sarah's previous CITB role was as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance Director in 2014, having covered the Corporate Performance Director role in 2013.
Sarah has worked in a range of other senior roles, including Finance Manage, National Experience Worker Assessment Manager, Head of Finance and Planning, Head of Overseas, and Head of Customer Services.
CEO of C&C MarshallPaul Hetherington is the Chief Executive of C&C Marshall, a privately-owned company that manufactures and supplies a comprehensive range of cable management solutions under its Marshall-Tufflex brand
CEO of C&C Marshall
Paul has much experience of building product manufacture and supply, having worked for well-known manufacturers and merchants/distributors, and held the position of non-executive director of the Builders Merchant Federation. He is a member of the Hastings and Rother Task Force, a strategic-public-community partnership that supports economic growth and regeneration activity, and is also on the Hastings Opportunity Area Partnership Board, which focuses on local and national resources with the common goal of increasing social mobility.
Chief ExecutiveAshley is CEO at MHS Homes which owns c. 10,000 affordable homes in the Thames Estuary and will build over 900 new homes in the next three years. Ashley is a chartered surveyor by background and has worked in the regeneration and housing sectors for over 30 years. Ashley is also a Chartered Director and has extensive boardroom experience in a number of commercial and not for profit organisations.
Ashley is CEO at MHS Homes which owns c. 10,000 affordable homes in the Thames Estuary and will build over 900 new homes in the next three years. Ashley is a chartered surveyor by background and has worked in the regeneration and housing sectors for over 30 years. Ashley is also a Chartered Director and has extensive boardroom experience in a number of commercial and not for profit organisations.
Expansion Programme DirectorPhil 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.
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.
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 the activities of the Trust, its assets and investments, in accordance with the relevant Acts and guidance issued by the Charities Commission
Develop the research and education objectives for the charity and to prioritise expenditure
Determine Strategic Direction for the work of the Trust and group companies; to ensure the excellence of scientific standards within the BRE group of companies
Be Ambassadors for the work and objectives of the Trust
Give Input to the strategic business plans for the group companies
Benchmark the activities and achievements of the BRE Trust and its group of companies
Extend the scope of the Trust’s charitable activities for the public good and seek funding