Executive Recruitment

Our People

Our people are our greatest resource. There are around 600 of us and each has an important role to play in our drive for a better built environment. You can see some of our dedicated professionals at work in our ‘BRE Uncovered’ film, and meet those who are leading our wide ranging activities below.

"We see the people who work with us as our single most important resource. Our organisation simply would not exist without the talent, energy and professionalism they bring. We aim to recruit and retain the best people who are personally and professionally committed to make a positive difference to the built environment. This is the way to guarantee our continued success into the future".

Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive Officer,BRE Group


BRE Group Board Directors

Gillian Charlesworth, Chief Executive Officer, BRE Group

As BRE Group’s Chief Executive, Gillian is responsible for the organisation’s strategy and performance. She works closely with BRE Trustees and the Group Board to define our purpose, vision and long-term goals.

Before joining BRE Group, Gillian was an Executive Director at RICS, where she held a number of roles covering assurance and enforcement of standards, global brand growth and thought leadership. She is passionate about the importance and potential of the built environment in creating sustainable, vibrant and productive life on the planet.

In her earlier career Gillian worked in the UK Civil service and with a number of professions and industries as a regulator and advocate.


Andrew Herbert, Interim Chief Financial Officer, BRE Group

Andrew has worked as a professional interim manager for over 25 years. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and has since held senior management positions in a wide range of organisations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.


Chris Earnshaw OBE FREng, Non-Executive Chairman, BRE Group

Chris chairs the BRE Group Board which oversees the strategy and performance of the companies that make up the BRE Group. He has extensive executive and non executive experience in leading engineering and technology businesses. The board is accountable to the BRE Trust for the success and impact of the BRE Group. 

Chris is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded the OBE in 2015 for services to engineering and technology.


Brigid Sutcliffe, Non-Executive Director, BRE Group

Brigid is an experienced Non-Executive director and chartered accountant with a background in management consulting, professional services and business transformation.

Ashley Wheaton, Non-Executive Director, BRE Group

CEO of the University College of Estate Management, Ashley, was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in July 2016 having served as a BRE Trustee since 2015.


Darren Messem, Non-Executive Director, BRE Group

Darran is an independent Non-Executive Director and consultant with over 30 years experience leading business development in energy, transport and the environment.


BRE Group Executive Committee

Dr Julie Bregulla, Director of Fire & Building Technology

Julie oversees and develops work with UK and international clients on evaluating the performance of materials, systems and structures.


Dr Martin Ganley, Director - Construction Innovation Hub Director, Director of Electronics, Security & Inspection Services

Martin leads the testing and certification of products and services, including fire detection, fire system installers, security, microgeneration, BIM and ISO auditing.

Michael Grant, Group Operations Director

Michael looks after the key services including commercial operations, performance management and delivery, IT systems and infrastructure and property and estates.


Dr Deborah Pullen MBE CEng FCIOB FIMMM, Executive Director of BRE Trust

Deborah takes the lead on our research strategy, our research and learning programmes, strategic research partnerships and University Centres of Excellence.

Dr Debbie Smith, OBE, Managing Director, BRE Global

Debbie joined the organisation in 1984 and is now MD of our independent certification arm which incorporates international brands such as BREEAM and LPCB.

Alan Sommerville, Director of Building Performance Group

Alan leads the Building Performance Group which delivers Advisory, Benchmarking & Data tools to the owners, occupiers and managers of global real estate & infrastructure.

Chief Scientist

Prof. Jeremy Watson CBE, Chief Scientist and Engineer

Jeremy’s specialities include research strategy, innovation processes, emerging technology identification, R&D and technology deployment.


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