UK-GBC Ambassadors

UK-GBC Ambassadors are individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the organisation, consistently championing its aims, supporting its development and contributing to the achievement of its mission to transform the sustainability of the built environment.

Paul King (past CEO, UK-GBC)

Paul is Managing Director for Sustainability, Communications & Marketing, Lend Lease Europe. Previously he was the founding CEO of the UK Green Building Council, May 2007 – January 2015. Before that he worked for WWF-UK as Director of Campaigns, Campaign Director for WWF's One Million Sustainable Homes campaign and co-founder of One Planet Living. Paul is Chairman of the Zero Carbon Hub and is a member of the Zero Carbon Homes 2016 Task Force. He is a member of the Green Construction Board and Chair of its Buildings Working Group. He was previously a member of the Low Carbon Construction IGT, Sustainable Buildings Task Group, Code for Sustainable Homes Steering Group and the Egan Review of Skills for Sustainable Communities. On an international level he was a member of the Board of the World Green Building Council and Chair of the WorldGBC Europe Network between 2007 and 2014.

Peter William Rogers CBE (past Founder Chairman, UK-GBC)

An engineer and property developer working with government and industry, to improve environmental and working practices in construction.  Awarded CBE for Services to Construction in 2007, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Fellow of the RIBA.
 
Co-founder and former Director of Stanhope, one of the UK’s innovative property developers, responsible for the seminal Broadgate development amongst over 100 major buildings. Director of Chelsfield Developments, a UK based real estate company, delivering large scale projects and corporate investments, totaling £1.5bn. Non-executive Director of First Base, a young and influential residential led urban regeneration developer of mixed tenure schemes.
 
Past Chairman of various industry bodies: The Strategic Forum, the Forums 2012 Task Group, Constructing Excellence and a member of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Buildings steering group and Construction Act Review.
 
Advisor to Government and the arts, including Serpentine Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, Tate Gallery, Royal Opera House and the Mayor of London for the Olympic Orbit. Past Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum and Chairman of the Building Strategy Committee.  

Claudine Blamey, The Crown Estate

Claudine is Head of Stewartship at The Crown Estate's £5 billion urban portfolio. Her previous roles include Head of Sustainability at SEGRO, Corporate Responsibility Director at British Land, and Environment Manager at Honda UK. She has degrees in Environmental Management and Legislation and Environmental Control from Brunel and Greenwich universities.

Claudine is a Founding Member of the UK-GBC and a member of the original Advisory Board. She has chaired the Policy Committee as well as being a member of the Membership & Marketing Committee.

Winnie De'Ath, WWF

Winnie De'Ath is currently‎ Director of Brand Communications for WWF International in Switzerland and previously was Director of Communications for WWF-UK where she was responsible for brand, media, business, political and community relations as well as WWF's advocacy campaigning strategy

Before joining WWF, Winnie worked for 10 years on a variety of communication and marketing projects, with clients ranging from UBS to the BBC.

Winnie is a Founding Member of the UK-GBC as well as a Member of the original Advisory Board and a previous Member of the Membership & Marketing Committee.

Andy Ford, Southbank University

Andy is currently Professor of Systems Engineering in the Built Environment at London South Bank University. Previous to this he was a Founding partner of the award winning practice Fulcrum Consulting in 1984 and responsible for the design of a number of ground breaking UK buildings.

Andy's speciality lies within sustainable low energy design solutions for the built environment. He has extensive expertise in the design of buildings to achieve this and how to develop complimentary simple active building services. He is a Fellow of the CIBSE and serves on the managing board of this institute.

Andy is a Founding Member of the UK-GBC, was a member of the original Advisory Board and chaired the Technical Committee for three years.

George Martin, Coventry University

George is a recognised UK expert in sustainable construction with over 25 years' experience in geological, environmental and construction consultancy followed by 9 years in sustainable development.

Currently at Coventry University, he is helping to lead a new campaign to deliver the urgently-needed practical evidence of 'what works' in sustainable construction.

Previously Head of Sustainability with Willmott Dixon Construction's Re-Thinking, George further developed his expertise working with Jonathan Porritt at the UK's leading sustainable development charity Forum for Future and has remained an Associate Director. Prior to this George worked for BRE where he led the role in the development of a new Code for Sustainable Buildings with CLG.

George is also a Non-Executive Director of The Academy for Sustainable Communities (ASC) established by CLG following Sir John Egan's 1994 report 'Skills for Sustainable Communities'. He is also Chair of the Sustainability Development Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, which aims to accelerate the implementation of sustainable practices in the built environment.

Neil Meredith, Schroder Property Investment Management

Neil joined Schroders in October 2006 and now their Head of UK Property Asset Management, based in London

Prior to joining Schroders he worked for English, Welsh and Scottish Railways Ltd as Head of Property Services Group from 2004 to 2006 where he was responsible for management and development of the entire property portfolio with a capital value of approx £1 billion. From 2003 to 2004 he was the Director of GVA Connect at GVA Grimley. From 2000 to 2003 he worked for Telecity Plc as Head of Property with responsibility to the Board for maintenance, management, budget preparation, acquisition and disposal of all Data Centre property. Before that Neil was a Partner at Cushman & Wakefield/Healey & Baker, where his property career started in 1982.

Neil is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and holds a Bsc in Land Management from Reading University.

Mike Roberts, Hab Housing

Having held senior positions in major firms of chartered surveyors, Mike formed Vertigo Sustainable Development Consultants in 2007.  He is now Managing Director for Hab Housing, the residential development company established by Kevin McCloud to deliver beautifully designed, sustainable places where communities can flourish. He also has an interest in a company with an advanced thermal technology for application in the energy from waste arena.

Mike represented a Founding Member of the GBC and was a member of the Advisory Committee for the first three years. He regularly represents the GBC in Bristol and the south-west.

Prof David Strong

David is currently a Director of David Strong Consulting Ltd. and an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, School of Architecture & the Built Environment. In Sept. 2013 he was also appointed a Visiting Professor at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. Between May 2007 and September 2010, he was Chief Executive of Inbuilt Consulting Ltd specialising in sustainable building design, consultancy and research.

Between 1998 and 2002 David was a Divisional Director at the UK’s Building Research Establishment and between 2002 and 2007 Managing Director of BRE Environment, with responsibility for 300 staff in five major centres of expertise; Sustainable Development, Housing, Sustainable Energy Centre (formerly BRECSU with responsibility for delivering the UK governments Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme), Environmental Consultancy and the BREEAM Centre. 

He was presented with the 2007 Building Sustainability Leadership award for establishing the UK Green Building Council, with the judges describing him as “one of the most influential figures in the drive to make the industry sustainable”. His book “A Whole-System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings” was published by Artech House in December 2016.

Dr Miles Watkins, BRE

Miles joined BRE in September 2013 as Group Business Development Director. Miles leads on formulating commercial strategies for the organisation that further strengthen its presence in the UK and in its core overseas markets. Prior to this Miles worked for Aggregate Industries, joining as a graduate trainee in September 1996. Miles' role grew to include executive responsibility for a wider range of corporate functions including safety, innovation, marketing, i-communications and carbon management.

BRE is a Gold Leaf Founding Member of the UKGBC and was instrumental in its creation. Miles has been an active participant in the development of the UKGBC since its foundation. He was a member of the original board, the subsequent Advisory Board and chair of the Membership & Marketing Committee.

Miles Keeping, Hillbreak

Miles is one of the Founders of Hillbreak. 

Miles combines his role as an advisor with a range of industry group and educational roles.  He has originated and led a number of thought leadership teams and has been able to draw upon a very large network of fellow industry leaders to enable collaborative solutions to novel problems affecting organisations in the public and private sectors and the public policy arena. Miles is much in demand as a public speaker and as a trainer. He was conferred as Professor in Sustainable Real Estate at Oxford Brookes University in June 2015, and is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Surveyor.

Miles was formerly Head of Responsible Property Investment at Deloitte Real Estate and prior to held roles as Head of Sustainability at GVA and as a Partner at King Sturge. He was a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brooks University before joining private practice.

Chris Twinn, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation

Chris is principal and founder of a practice focusing on future sustainability for design of the build environment. This follows some 28 years at Arup and as an Arup Fellow where he took a leading role in many of the Arup’s leading edge sustainability related projects around the world. With a career of in-depth involvement in the design of fabric and systems for environmentally sensitive buildings, together with the integration of engineering with architecture, planning and policy, he is recognised as a world leading thinker in building sustainability. Working closely with clients and policymakers he aims to help deliver step-changes in performance, for example, a current aim is to demonstrate true operational zero carbon need not cost more than business-as-usual.

Over the years Chris has served on numerous professional and policy advisory bodies, including the UK’s Design Council - Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and as a consultation contributor to the new Chinese 12th Five Year Plan. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has won numerous awards for his design work. Chris has published widely and is in constant demand as a conference presenter around the world. Highlights include the keynote at the Chinese National Conference on Urban Development and Planning personal invitation of Minister Qiu Boaxing. Chris is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, a Corporate Member of the Energy Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts.