Meet The Speakers

 

David Murray

Managing Director, Article 25

David is Managing Director of the humanitarian architecture charity, Article 25. He has over fifteen years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, including CEO roles with the Green Party, Cricket Without Boundaries and responsible investment think-tank Preventable Surprises.

David Murray

Managing Director, Article 25

David is Managing Director of the humanitarian architecture charity, Article 25. He has over fifteen years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, including CEO roles with the Green Party, Cricket Without Boundaries and responsible investment think-tank Preventable Surprises. Specialising in helping organisations to grow the scale of their impact, David’s most notable career contributions to date include helping to win the first ever Green Party seat to UK Parliament, gaining a legal right to walk around the entire English and Welsh Coastline through new legislation, achieving a National Park designation for the South Downs and securing £1billion investment from the DfT for cycling and walking infrastructure whilst leading Cycling UK’s Campaigns team.

Dr Long Seng To

RAEng Research Fellow, Loughborough University

Long Seng is an Engineering for Development Research Fellow funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering at Loughborough University. Her research focuses on enhancing community energy resilience using renewable energy in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Long Seng To

RAEng Research Fellow, Loughborough University

Long Seng is an Engineering for Development Research Fellow funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering at Loughborough University. Her research tackles the challenge of providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (UN Sustainable Development Goal 7) in the context of increasing stresses and shocks, such as climate change, disasters and conflicts. Her research focuses on enhancing community energy resilience using renewable energy in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

Jamie Richardson

Shelter and Settlements Technical Advisor, Catholic Relief Services

Jamie has experience working on shelter and infrastructure programs for over 20 years including man-made and natural disasters. He trained as an architectural technologist but has also worked in construction logistics and project management. His current role is focused on promoting sustainable approaches and strengthening the capacity of local organizations.

Jamie Richardson

Shelter and Settlements Technical Advisor, Catholic Relief Services

Jamie has experience working on shelter and infrastructure programs for over 20 years including man-made and natural disasters. He trained as an architectural technologist but has also worked in construction logistics and project management. His background includes work in training, education, research and development. His current role is focused on promoting sustainable approaches and strengthening the capacity of local organizations.  Through CRS he has worked on QSAND projects in Nepal, Philippines, and most recently Myanmar.

Raman Chagger

Principal Consultant, Fire Safety, BRE

Raman, an Applied Research Scientist, is passionate about collaborating with industry to identify and perform innovative research work to help build a better world. His activities to date have been in the general field of fire safety for which he manages research projects to create new knowledge and works with stakeholders to implement the findings to generate real impacts.

Raman Chagger

Principal Consultant, Fire Safety, BRE

Raman, an Applied Research Scientist, is passionate about collaborating with industry to identify and perform innovative research work to help build a better world. His activities to date have been in the general field of fire safety for which he manages research projects to create new knowledge and works with stakeholders to implement the findings to generate real impacts. The outputs include producing publications, developing test methodologies and training material, writing or developing standards and codes as well as engaging in awareness raising activities. When required he develops associated product testing and certification service capabilities at BRE. He produces freely available briefing papers as well as articles for trade press and when appropriate produces short videos summarising published research work.

Sue Adams

Chief Executive, Care & Repair England

Sue is the Chief Executive of Care & Repair England, a national charity established in 1986 to improve the housing and living conditions of older and disabled people. Sue has contributed to successive governments’ policies concerning housing and ageing. She chairs the national Housing & Ageing Alliance and Home Adaptations Consortium, serving on a government, NHS and NGO committee.

Sue Adams

Chief Executive, Care & Repair England

Sue is the Chief Executive of Care & Repair England, a national charity established in 1986 to improve the housing and living conditions of older and disabled people. Sue has contributed to successive governments’ policies concerning housing and ageing. She chairs the national Housing & Ageing Alliance and Home Adaptations Consortium, serving on a government, NHS and NGO committee. She is a fellow of the World Demographic Association and has written extensively about housing and ageing. Sue was presented with Foundations’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, OBE for services to older people’s housing in 2010, and the British Society of Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019.

Professor Katherine Royse

Chief Digital Officer, British Geological Society

Katherine is responsible for the development of BGS digital data and data technology strategies, ensuring organisational evolution and efficient and effective exploitation of BGS digital assets to create science and business value. Katherine is Secretary for professional matters of the Geological Society of London responsible for the promotion of professional excellence and ethical standards in earth sciences.

Professor Katherine Royse

Chief Digital Officer, British Geological Society

Katherine is responsible for the development of BGS digital data and data technology strategies, ensuring organisational evolution and efficient and effective exploitation of BGS digital assets to create science and business value. Her research focuses on the development of novel methods and techniques to gain added-value from BGS’s data holdings. Most recently Katherine has lead on the implementation of lean management processes to data product and service development. In 2017 she was recognised by the Praxisunico/RCUK Impact awards for her novel approach to innovation and commercialisation of geoscience information. Katherine is Secretary for professional matters of the Geological Society of London responsible for the promotion of professional excellence and ethical standards in earth sciences

Alan Somerville

Executive Director, Building Performance Group, BRE

Alan is a member of the BRE Executive Committee and leads the Building Performance Group which is the largest division of the organisation consisting of 200 people and delivering benchmarking, analytical & consulting solutions for buildings and infrastructure across the world. During 2018 the division provided solutions in 83 countries to both public and private sector clients.

Alan Somerville

Executive Director, Building Performance Group, BRE

Alan is a member of the BRE Executive Committee and leads the Building Performance Group which is the largest division of the organisation consisting of 200 people and delivering benchmarking, analytical & consulting solutions for buildings and infrastructure across the world. During 2018 the division provided solutions in 83 countries to both public and private sector clients. The division also manages the overseas offices of BRE in San Francisco, Shenzhen & Shanghai. Alan joined BRE in 2018 from Cushman & Wakefield where he was a Partner. He created and led the Energy, Infrastructure & Sustainability group for the EMEA region advising many of the world’s largest investors and occupiers on ESG Strategy, Asset Optimisation & Benchmarking. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield he was the energy & infrastructure lead for the Capita / URS / PA Consulting consortium outsourcing of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. He has also led a restructuring and IPO team for an energy company and spent 12 years with property company Grosvenor leading on complex development and regeneration projects across the UK & Ireland. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Sir James Wates CBE

Chair, BRE Trust

Sir James was first appointed to the Wates Group Board in 1997. He is chairman of the Nominations Committee. Outside of the company, Sir James is Chairman of the CBI Construction Council, Co-chair of Infrastructure Exports: UK, and Chairman of the BRE Trust. In 2012 he was awarded the CBE and in 2019 was knighted for services to business and to charity.

Sir James Wates CBE

Chair, BRE Trust

Sir James has worked for the Wates Group since 1983 and has been Chairman since 2013. He was first appointed to the Board in 1997. He is chairman of the Nominations Committee. Outside of the company, Sir James is Chairman of the CBI Construction Council, Co-chair of Infrastructure Exports: UK, and Chairman of the BRE Trust. He has also served in the past as President of the Chartered Institute of Building, Chairman of the Construction Industry Training Board, and Co-chair of Build UK. He is a Non-executive Director of Argent Services LLP. Sir James feels passionately that good business, well done, is a force for good for society, which has led him to take on a number of other roles, such as Chairman of the Princes Trust Corporate Advisory Group. In 2018 he was appointed by the government to chair the coalition group developing corporate governance principles for large private companies (the so-called ‘Wates Principles’). In 2012 he was awarded the CBE and in 2019 was knighted for services to business and to charity.

Nathan Goode

Director, Social Value Portal

As a Director, Nathan leads on the Portal’s methodological approach and embedding social value in procurement, as well as managing a number of key client relationships. He brings over 20 years’ experience working on the procurement of major public sector projects and with large and small companies in energy, clean-tech and sustainability.

Nathan Goode

Director, Social Value Portal

As a Director, Nathan leads on the Portal’s methodological approach and embedding social value in procurement, as well as managing a number of key client relationships. He brings over 20 years’ experience working on the procurement of major public sector projects and with large and small companies in energy, clean-tech and sustainability. Previously a partner at Grant Thornton, Nathan set up and managed Grant Thornton’s Energy, Cleantech & Sustainability sector for over a decade and has worked across social, environmental and economic infrastructure projects in education, health, housing, economic development, digital and IT. He is a recognised thought leader on sustainable cities.

Dr Ricardo Codinhoto

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Advanced Architectural Studies, University of Bath

Ricardo is an Architect and Urban Planner with an MSc in Integrated Design and a PhD in Design Theory and Evidence-Based Design. He is a leading academic in the field of Architecture, Built Environment and Design specialised in Design Management.

Dr Ricardo Codinhoto

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Advanced Architectural Studies, University of Bath

Ricardo is an Architect and Urban Planner with an MSc in Integrated Design and a PhD in Design Theory and Evidence-Based Design. He is a leading academic in the field of Architecture, Built Environment and Design specialising in Decision-making in design. His research focus is on multidisciplinary decision-making in the areas of Evidence-based Design, Design for Health and Wellbeing, Design Theory and Practice, Lean Design, Building Information Modelling and WELL and BREEAM Standards. He is interested in building design, in particular care and learning environments enabling independent living for people with mental disorders such as dementia and autism and non-communicable diseases such as obesity. His research has been funded by various councils such as EPSRC, AHRC and MRC and is a founder of various research centres and institutes. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the UK’s leading Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA) at the University of Bath which is also REF number one for research in the Built Environment. He is the joint Editor-in-Chief for the renowned International journal Architectural Engineering and Design Management where he seeks to develop a gender balanced Editorial Board and Scientific Committee. He is also a reviewer for over 15 mainstream international journals. He has worked at the highest levels with respected industry bodies including RIBA, ICE and BRE. His research and scholarship related to BIM and Evidence-based Design is internationally recognised.

Dr Ed Suttie

Director, Strategic Advisory, BRE

Ed is the Research Director at BRE. He leads a team delivering research, consultancy and testing programmes on timber, health and wellbeing and material sustainability sponsored by industry, UK Government and the European Commission. Ed has worked with the timber industry for 25 years on innovative products, resource efficiency, optimising supply chains and service life prediction.

Dr Ed Suttie

Director, Strategic Advisory, BRE

Ed is a Research Director at BRE. He leads a team delivering research, consultancy and testing programmes on timber, health and wellbeing and material sustainability sponsored by industry, UK Government and the European Commission. Ed has worked with the timber industry for 25 years on innovative products, resource efficiency, optimising supply chains and service life prediction.

Ed is involved in research into the health and wellbeing qualities of wood used in the fit out of offices, schools and healthcare buildings. He is leading a pioneering office refurbishment study deploying biophilic design that will generate evidence of occupant benefits of a human centred workplace. He has published widely in the field of timber, service life, sustainability, construction and bio-based materials. He sits on the Executive Committee of Grown in Britain and convenes the European Standards committee CEN/TC38/WG28 Performance Classification of wood in construction.

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.

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.

 

 

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