BRE Group appoints Piers White MBE as new chairman for three-year term

Piers White

Piers White

BRE Group has appointed Piers White MBE as its new chair. White, who will commence his role at the end of November, joins BRE Group for the next three years at a time when the built environment industry is going through an exciting period of change and innovation.

White brings a wealth of experience to the role having filled almost 40 senior Board positions in a career spanning more than 30 years, including almost a decade as non-executive director at Hyde Housing, one of the UK’s largest housing associations.

White also acts as chairman for Ministry of Defence technology business Ploughshare Innovations and for Heathrow Airport’s export and import service Courier Facilities Limited.

Prior to these roles, he was UK CEO and a member of the Group Management Board of Bank Insinger de Beaufort NV until the sale to BNP Paribas in 2008, and also spent 15 years in retail banking at Barclays, where his last role was as service director running the UK branches with 20,000 staff.

Of his new appointment, White said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead this important organisation at a time when it can provide vital leadership to the myriad challenges currently facing the built environment sector. Challenge brings opportunity and I’m looking forward to working with the leadership team and the BRE Trust to ensure that the BRE continues to play a leading and innovative role in building construction, performance, safety and sustainability.”

BRE Group CEO Gillian Charlesworth added: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Piers, whose skills, energy and ambition for the BRE are clear. I’m confident that, with Piers in the chair, the BRE will play an ever more important role in enhancing the built environment.”

The BRE Group is owned by the BRE Trust. Trust chair Sir James Wates commented: “I would like to congratulate Piers on his appointment. He brings extensive Board and business experience to the organisation which will be an asset to our profit-for-purpose agenda.”

The BRE is the world’s leading building science centre. Its sustainability, safety and security services, the BRE Academy and its Innovation Centres are used by myriad customers to deliver on their social, environmental and economic goals.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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