BRE appoints Piers White MBE as chair

White will take up his role at the end of November.


The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has appointed Piers White MBE as its new chair.

Commencing his role at the end of next month, White joins BRE Group for the next three years.

Bringing a wealth of experience to the role, having filled almost 40 senior board positions in a career spanning more than 30 years, White sat for almost a decade as non-executive director at Hyde Housing.

He also acted as Chairman for MOD technology business Ploughshare Innovations, and for Heathrow Airport’s export and import service, Courier Facilities Limited.

Prior to these roles, White was CEO and a member of the Group Management Board of Bank Insinger de Beaufort NV, until the sale to BNP Paribas in 2008.

On his appointment, he said: “I am 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 building environment sector.

“Challenge brings opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with the leadership team and BRE Trust to ensure BRE continues to play a leading and innovative role in building construction, performance, safety, and sustainability.”

Group CEO Gillian Charlesworth said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Piers, whose skills, energy, and ambition for BRE are clear.

“I’m confident that, with Piers in the chair, BRE will play an ever more important role in enhancing the built environment.”

BRE Group is owned by the BRE Trust, with the Trust’s chair, Sir James Wates, adding: “I would like to congratulate Piers on his appointment.

“He brings extensive board and business experience, which will be an asset to our profit for purpose agenda.”

Image: Piers White MBE, The Hyde Group.