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Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive Officer

"We’re looking for a commercial, inspiring and energetic digital and data leader with a track record of underpinning commercial success through the definition and delivery of technology, product and service roadmaps..."

Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive Officer


It is now more than 20 years since BRE Group was privatised and ownership passed from the UK government to BRE Trust. Since then, the business and its reputation have grown and importantly the range of clients we serve has diversified. More than 40% of BRE Group revenue now comes from our international client base and approximately 25% of our revenue is secured through digital product and service provision.  

BRE Group’s products, services and certification businesses have always relied on the company’s solid base of science and engineering knowledge and the professional skills of our people and partners; we are proud to be recognised as a global centre of excellence in the built environment. However, whilst there is much of which to be proud, there is also clear recognition that we must pursue significant business change if we are to retain and build on our relevance to a diverse client base and we are equally committed to ensuring that the Group’s UK and international reputation for sector leading scientific expertise is reflected in our financial results.  

BRE Group, which is a commercial business first and foremost, is wholly owned by a charity, the BRE Trust. For the Trust to meet its charitable aims it is essential that Group consistently performs financially as it is the main funder of the Trust through Gift Aid payments.  The Group can be described as a “for profit with a purpose” business.  Consequently, our ability to achieve commercial success is an important consideration and the BRE Group’s financial health and profitable growth must always be prioritised, so that we can invest for the future; increasing capability and organisational agility; becoming more customer centric; enhancing infrastructure and creating and sweating intellectual capital and Group assets to maximise impact and sustain commercial success.  

We’re now embarking on a period of review to set the business on course for future success.  As such, we’re streamlining and making some significant changes to ensure that the business is appropriately positioned and equipped to support our broad range of customers as they shape policy and formulate strategies and operational plans in response to a range of societal, environmental, regulatory and commercial challenges.  This translates to a broad range of activity; working with governments to shape workable policies to ensure that the sector is fit for purpose, whilst developing meaningful products and services to help a range of businesses (both in the UK and internationally) to thrive, operationally and commercially.  All this needs to be achieved whilst responding and adapting to regulatory change.  Reputationally, we must also continue to innovate and it’s vital that we continue to attract exceptional people to the business, who can conduct pioneering world class activity for the good of the sector and Society as a whole.  

In recent years, we have invested significantly in a suite of online and digital tools aimed at productivity, improving environmental health, supporting sustainability and reducing environmental impact and we are committed to continued investment in this area, confident that digital and data products that transcend geographies will enable the sectors we serve to thrive commercially, whilst remaining compliant.  Continued innovation in this area will be critical to delivering profitable growth in our digital revenue streams and has the potential to transform our own business model; this role will bring together internal technology provision and externally focused product development into a single business unit for the first time as we too, seek to work differently; working more efficiently and at pace, without compromising on the quality or integrity of our work.    

We’re looking for a commercial, inspiring and energetic digital and data leader with a track record of underpinning commercial success through the definition and delivery of technology, product and service roadmaps that deliver an exceptional digital experience for our customers.  Regardless of your industry background, you’ll bring knowledge of how to deliver digital products and services that transcend geographical boundaries and resonate with target markets, enabling you to create an ecosystem of products and services for both internal and external use that enable easy access to trusted data and better ways of working.

This will be a high-profile role with considerable influence and impact at an important time in our development and growth.  I’m personally invested in ensuring that BRE Group is globally recognised and valued for our exceptional work and contribution and am committed to ensuring that this is a brilliant place to pursue a stimulating career that delivers commercial success and societal impact.  

If this sounds like the challenge for you, we look forward to hearing from you.

Gillian Charlesworth
Chief Executive Officer

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