UK Green Building Council


The UK Green Building Council has  a Board of Trustees who serve on our governing body. Trustees have responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, and ensuring that it is efficiently managed and is delivering charitable outcomes for the public benefit.

Our Board

The Board of Trustees is made up of a diverse group of highly experienced built environment professionals with a strong set of complementary skills to support the development of the UK-GBC.

Dr Andrew Gould, UK-GBC Chairman

File 1112Andrew is a leading figure in the real estate and built environment sector. His career has blended client advice and strategy with executive business leadership at a high level. He is Principal in Genr8 Developments, a leading urban regeneration company, delivering major urban renewal projects in UK Cities, and was formerly UK CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle, where he led the successful merger with King Sturge, one of the largest ever mergers in the sector.

As an industry leader, Andrew is passionate about sustainable urban development and regeneration. He understands that all businesses have a responsibility to lead change and minimise the impact of real estate on the environment.  

Andrew was educated at the University of Wales, the University of Cambridge where he was awarded his PhD and at London Business School. He is a Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge and a Fellow of the RSA.  

Patrick Bellew, Principal at Atelier Ten


File 2696Founding director of Atelier Ten, Patrick is one of the UK’s Royal Designers and is a Chartered Building Services Engineer with more than thirty years’ experience in the design of high performance buildings and systems. With extensive experience in the integration of environmental and building systems with architecture, Patrick has particular expertise in thermal mass energy storage technologies, environmental building design and high efficiency building conditioning systems.

Atelier Ten have pioneered numerous innovations in the built environment and have six offices worldwide, all focused on the delivery of high-performance buildings.

Patrick taught a core environmental design course on the M.Arch program at the Yale University School of Architecture from 2000 - 2008 and has led three Advanced Design Studios as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor between 2010 and 2013. He was on the Design Review Committee of CABE in London from 1999 to 2003, a Governor of the Building Centre Trust in London between 1996 and 2011 and on the Employer Panel of the Construction Industry Council. He also lectures widely on issues relating to the creation of a more sustainable Built Environment.

Patrick was one of the original group who founded the UK-Green Building Council in 2006 and was a member of the Executive Board from 2006 - 2010 when the organisation became a registered charity. He now serves on the Trustee Board. He was a key member of the Task Force that established the STEP (Sustainable Training and Education Programme) training programme in 2010.

Patrick’s success in integrating innovative technologies with noteworthy architecture has been acknowledged by the Royal Institute of British Architects, who made him an Honorary Fellow in 2001. Patrick was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004.

Patrick delivered the 6th Happold Medal Lecture and received the Happold Medal from the Construction Industry Council and the Happold Foundation in 2008. He is on the Awards panel for the 2012 - 2015 RIBA Awards and is on the Judging panel for the World Architecture Festival Awards (2012-2013).

In 2010 Patrick was named a Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Faculty of Royal Designers. In 2013 Patrick was the recipient of the CIBSE President Silver Medal.

The UK-GBC has become the most recognised instrument of change in the UK construction industry. Sound technical knowledge is at the heart of what UK-GBC do and I hope I can help to reflect that on the Board.

Rab Bennetts OBE, Bennetts Associates


File 2697Rab studied at Edinburgh College of Art where he met his partner Denise Bennetts. After working in London for ten years, they set up Bennetts Associates in 1987. The firm, based in London and Edinburgh, has been responsible for many pioneering projects such as the PowerGen Headquarters, Wessex Water Operations Centre, Hampstead Theatre, Edinburgh University’s Informatics Forum, Jubilee Library in Brighton and the New Street Square development in the City of London.

Recent notable commissions include the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Humanities Faculties and Library for Oxford University and hotels in London and Amsterdam. The firm is also undertaking several major ‘green’ refurbishment projects.

 The practice has won more than 125 awards and has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize several times. The firm won the Architect of the Year award from Building Design and Building magazines in 2005-6 and 2011.
Rab leads the design direction of Bennetts Associates and is personally involved in many of the firm’s projects. He is also extensively involved in outside bodies and is a Board member of the UK Green Building Council, a Director of Sadler’s Wells Theatre and a Trustee of the Design Council.
He has in the past chaired the RIBA’s Competitions Committee, advised the Government on sustainability policy and sat on Islington’s Planning Committee as an expert adviser. He has lectured extensively and has contributed to numerous publications and conferences.
Rab was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2003 and Sustainability Leader of the Year in 2009 at the Building/UK-GBC Sustainability Awards.

The UK-GBC’s central role as a forum for ideas, policies and information is now more important than ever and, as an architect on the Board, I will continue to stress the importance of thoughtful, integrated design as one of the preconditions for a much more sustainable future.

Bill Bolsover CBE, Chairman of Aggregate Industries


File 561A Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management, Bill began his construction career in 1970 working in mining in Australia and the Koolan Islands, before joining Tarmac in 1974. He gained extensive industry experience and commercial expertise working in the Readycrete, Roadstone, Topmix and Quarry Products divisions.

In 1992, as Managing Director, he was responsible for developing the business through major strategic reviews which restructured operations and the management team. As Group Executive Director, he headed up the Quarry Products and Topmix divisions. He remained with Tarmac until the sale to Anglo American in 1999.

In 2000, he joined Aggregate Industries Plc. as Managing Director of Aggregate Industries’ UK and Europe. In 2003 he became group COO before being promoted to the position of Group Chief Executive in 2006.  Aggregate Industries sold to Holcim in 2005 and he was asked to remain with the Group. He became Non Executive Chairman on 1 April 2010.

Current Appointments

Non Executive Chairman of Aggregate Industries; Non Executive Director of Robert Brett and Sons; Immediate past Chairman of the Construction Products Association (CPA) 2010-2012; Chairman of the Strategic Forum for Construction 2012; Board member and Trustee of the UK Green Building Council; Member of the Green Construction Board ; Vice-President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts; Chairman of Natural World Safaris; Chairman Billian Uk Ltd - Asphalt Pellets; Non Executive Director Worcester Warriors Rugby Club; Lt Colonel of the Royal Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps RE(v); Member of the Institution of Royal Engineers; Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors; Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; Member of the Worshipful Company of Paviors; Freeman of the City of London; Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Leicester - awarded in 2009;

In 2011 Bill was awarded Commander of The Order of The British Empire (CBE) for services to the construction industry.

James Cameron, Non-Executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital


File 562In addition to his role at CCC, James is the Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and a member of HM Treasury's Infrastructure UK advisory council.  He also serves as a member of GE's ecomagination board, is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability and their Advisory Board of the Global Competitiveness Index.  He served as a member of the UK Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group (2010 - 2012), and was also a member of Pepsico UK's advisory board (2010-2012).

James is also an advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative, a trustee member of the UK Green Building Council and was a member of the Green Investment Bank Commission, and is a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Corporate Responsibility Advisory Group.

Prior to CCC, James was Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and was the founder and the head of their Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. He has spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol as an adviser to the Alliance of Small Island States. As a barrister he appeared in several of the leading cases in international and environmental law.

James is also a senior advisor to the Climate Group, chairman of China Dialogue, a member of the development board at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and a member of the advisory board at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute.

James has held academic positions at Cambridge, London, Bruges, Sydney and Yale.  He was educated at Windlesham House, Stowe School, University of Western Australia, University College London (LLB), Queens’ College, Cambridge (LLM), and Inner Temple (called to the Bar 1987).

The built environment contributes over 40% of UK annual carbon emissions and is therefore a natural target for policy makers seeking to reduce carbon. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to support the UK-GBC and help drive this manifesto.

Mark Clare, Group Chief Executive of Barratt Developments plc


File 2694Mark Clare was appointed Group Chief Executive of Barratt Developments Plc, the UK’s largest housebuilder, in October 2006.

As Chief Executive, Mark has focused the organisation on quality and customer service, and the company is now acknowledged as the industry leader in this respect.  Most recently the company has committed to the adoption of Building For Life 12 design principles throughout its future developments - the first housebuilder to do so.

Previously Managing Director of Centrica's British Gas Residential Energy operation, Mark joined British Gas in 1994, becoming Centrica's Finance Director in 1997 and Managing Director of British Gas Residential Energy in 2002. He was a Non-Executive Director of BAA plc from 2001 until it was taken over in 2006.

Mark is a panel member of the Lyons Housing Review, an independent review being carried out by Sir Michael Lyons for Labour's Policy Review.  He is also a member of the Government’s Construction Leadership Council, is a Trustee of the BRE Trust and of the UK Green Building Council. He also sits on the CBI Construction Council. 

He joined the Board of United Utilities Group PLC in November 2013 as a Non-Executive Director and became the Senior Independent Director on 25th July 2014.


Barratt was a founder member of the UK-GBC and I am delighted to be joining the Board of Trustees. The Government's low carbon targets will require major changes in the way housebuilders build homes in the years ahead and we see competitive advantage in being at the forefront of this agenda.

John Frankiewicz FCIOB FRICS, Divisional Chief Executive, Willmott Dixon Capital Works


File 2695John is Divisional Chief Executive of Willmott Dixon Capital Works; the division within Willmott Dixon that is responsible for construction and infrastructure projects across many sectors including commercial, retail, education, leisure, health, housing and retirement accommodation. 

For over 25 years, John’s played a key role in developing Willmott Dixon as one of the built environment’s biggest brands, with a turnover of over £1bn and listed by the Sunday Times as the UK’s 53rd largest private company. He is a big believer that R&D and innovation is vital to the industry’s ability to continue adding value to clients’ capital project needs.

Under John, Willmott Dixon created a prototype ‘health campus of the future’ at BRE in Garston utilising the latest assisted living technology, and last year the company rolled out a suite of standardised designs called Sunesis to provides schools, leisure and care home accommodation at up to 30% less cost than tradition design and build models.

John is overseeing Willmott Dixon’s nationwide expansion as a house builder capable of delivering 2,000 units per year and is aiming to use new technology to reduce the resource required to build new homes by 10%.

John regularly engages with local authorities to champion issues facing the property and housing sectors. His regional forums on LEPs and Localism saw business leaders join cabinet ministers and local authority CEOs in dialogue on how to create better public/private sector collaboration to generate more housing and inward investment opportunities. John remains a firm believer that local economies and their stakeholders must work together to drive their own growth, and met Lord Heseltine to discuss his ‘No Stone Unturned’ report on creating opportunities for regional economies.

John also sits on the editorial board of Building magazine, and has been a trustee on the board of the UK Green Building Council since it was formed.  John’s commitment to sustainable development resulted in Willmott Dixon becoming a carbon neutral business in 2012. Willmott Dixon remains the only major contractor to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts


File 568Stephanie Hilborne OBE is Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts. Comprising 47 independent but closely associated charities, The Wildlife Trusts reach every corner of the United Kingdom, as well as two islands which lie outside it. Driven by her concern for the future of the natural world, Stephanie’s conviction is that The Wildlife Trusts have a key role to play in creating a UK richer in wildlife.

The level of engagement and ownership that each Wildlife Trusts engenders is in her view key to inspiring hope for the future as the country faces new challenges.

Stephanie committed herself to conservation as a teenager.  She secured a BSc in Biology and MSc in Conservation and went on to facilitate the national coalition Wildlife & Countryside Link before joining The Wildlife Trust movement in 1998 and becoming Chief Executive in 2004.

In December 2009, Stephanie was awarded an OBE for services to nature conservation.

In terms of ensuring wildlife is taken into consideration throughout the development process, The Wildlife Trusts understand that working in partnership with the building industry is a key way forward.

Bill Hughes, Managing Director, Legal & General Property (LGP)


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Bill joined LGP in November 2007, having previously held the position of UK Head of Real Estate at RREEF, the Real Estate Fund Management business of Deutsche Bank. Prior to that Bill was Deputy Managing Director and Head of Research at Schroder Property Investment Management.

In July 2014, Bill became President of the BPF. He is also the current Chairman of the Green Property Alliance (GPA.

Additionally, Bill is currently a member of the Green Construction Board (GCB), the British Property Federation (BPF) Policy Committee, the Distressed Retail Property Taskforce, and the Bank of England Property Forum.  He is a Member of Edinburgh University Investment Committee, an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Estate Management.

Alison Nimmo CBE, Chief Executive, The Crown Estate


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Alison Nimmo is Chief Executive of The Crown Estate which has a capital value of over £8 billion. The Estate’s assets range from prime real estate in London’s West End, to around 50% of the UK’s foreshore and almost the entire seabed around the UK, to farmland and forestry.  Last year it returned £240 million to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation.

Alison has been listed in both Radio Four Woman’s Hour’s Power 100 and the Evening Standard’s Power 1000 lists. She was also number one in Property Week’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Property.  

Alison was previously Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority, for five years. She led on the overall design, planning and early delivery of most of the venues and the parklands for London's Olympic Park.  She was also the lead on sustainability and legacy for the multi-award winning Olympic Park.

Her previous roles have included: a central role in the London 2012 bid team and interim Director who led the establishment of the Olympic Delivery Authority; Chief Executive of Sheffield One, a seminal city centre regeneration programme for Sheffield; and Project Director of Manchester Millennium Ltd, the taskforce responsible for spearheading the regeneration of Manchester city centre following the terrorist bombing in 1996.

Alison is a chartered surveyor and town planner by training and was awarded a CBE for services to urban regeneration in 2004. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University where she has been a visiting professor for 7 years. Alison is a non-executive director of the Berkeley Group.

In January 2014 Alison was awarded the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Gold Medal for services to planning throughout her career.

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