The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has appointed Piers White MBE as its new chair. He will commence his role at the end of November 2019, joining BRE Group for the next three years.
Mr 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.
Mr White also acts as chairman for MOD technology business, Ploughshare Innovations, and for Heathrow Airport’s export and import service, Courier Facilities. Prior to these roles, he was UK chief executive 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 service director running the UK branches with 20,000 staff.
Mr White 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.”