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.”
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