Non-Executive Recruitment

Non-Executive Director – Risk & Audit

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BRE (Building Research Establishment)
£25,000 for c.24 days per annum
Closing date:
10th August
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date for Applications
Monday 10 August 2020
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c Monday 17 August 2020
Psychometric Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement Sessions, Fireside Chats (FSC) & First Round Interviews at BRE
w/c Monday 31 August 2020
Final Panel Interviews at BRE
w/c Monday 7 September 2020


An international, multi-disciplinary building science organisation, BRE Group has been making a positive difference in the built environment since 1921, improving buildings and infrastructure through our targeted application of research and knowledge generation. Owned by a charity called The BRE Trust, we deliver one of the largest programmes of built environment education and research for the public good, with a complete range of advisory, testing, certification, commissioned research and training services.  We also use our cutting-edge collaborative research to provide a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications to bring about positive change in the global built environment.

We are seeking to strengthen our Board at a critical time in BRE Group’s history as we collectively review and reset every aspect of our business.  This activity is not only a response to current market challenges, but also reflects our general need to re-shape, refocus and professionalise to secure our future.  We are very proud to approach our centenary, and of the heritage of our business, but we must evolve to maintain our relevance and maximise our value to our markets and customers.  There is a clear opportunity to have a substantial and positive impact on society through improved building safety and supporting the carbon reduction agenda,  but we must improve our business on all fronts before we can truly fulfil our fundamental purpose. 

The Board has a substantial role to play in overseeing the direction, performance and governance of BRE Group at this challenging time and our appointment of a high-calibre Non-Executive Director – Risk and Audit will make a strong and important contribution as we set new standards of professionalism in support of required business progress and best practice. 

As a member of the Risk and Audit Committee, you’ll have Board oversight of our new Risk and Audit function, which will be tasked with delivering a more unified approach to risk management in particular.  You will bring an important new frame of reference to this end, ensuring that as a business we are thoughtful about our risk appetite, proactive and joined up, and investing as appropriate to anticipate and mitigate financial, operational and reputational risk. This is an important appointment in which you must build effective relationships with the Executive team in order to strike an appropriate balance between strong risk governance and business performance. 

We are seeking a commercial and financially focused leader who has had considerable involvement in the management of risk in either an executive or NED capacity.  Financially literate, having previously worked in (or closely with) Finance or Audit,  a risk management or accountancy qualification will be advantageous but it’s not a pre-requisite, as evidence of being an effective practitioner is more important, along with exposure to organisations of similar size, scope and complexity.  The strongest candidates for this role will be customer champions, with an international outlook and some prior knowledge of our business.

We are willing to consider first time NEDs who bring strong executive experience. 

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How To Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 2 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We will not approach your referees without your prior permission.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Gemma Heron
07964 826 291
Stephanie Wilson
07880 382745
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