The BRE Trust Annual Conference

10am-3pm, 24 January 2019

Kings Place, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG

This event is now fully booked and registration is closed.




10:00 Introduction

Elvin K. Box, an acclaimed speaker and facilitator and our conference narrator, takes delegates through the agenda and will seek opinions to stimulate discussions at regular intervals via a conference app.
BRE Trust Overview
How has the construction industry changed and how has BRE contributed to its development since its launch in 1921?

James Wates CBE, Chair of the BRE Trust speaks on the Trust’s purpose, activities and future ambitions.

What does the client need? 

How has client requirements affected the sectors which build and operate physical assets in the built environment?

Alan Somerville, Head of the BRE Building Performance Group, gives the asset owner’s perspective on the changes in the needs of clients.

Charlene Clear, BRE Manager – New Homes, Communities and BREEAM, highlights how wider engagement with clients has expanded the content and relevance of BRE research.

11.15-11.30 Coffee break


What does the sector need?

What are the knowledge gaps that are affecting the sector and how can this be addressed?

Suzannah Nichol MBE, CEO of Build UK, discusses how we could, and should, be transferring valuable research, knowledge and innovation into improved performance, productivity and skills across the industry.

Pauline Traetto, BRE Group Director of the BRE Academy, highlights how new forms of training delivery have extended international outreach and industry accessibility.

12.15-1.15 Lunch

A poster display in the lunch area highlights some of the work commissioned by the BRE Trust in the last five years.

What opportunities can innovation and technology offer?

The pace of change of technology is significant so how is this affecting sector take up?

Tim Embley, Group Innovation & Knowledge Manager at Costain, talks about the motivations for using innovation and where it is sourced.

Stuart Chalmers, Director of BRE Digital, illustrates how digital technologies can derive more knowledge and value to our industry.

What should BRE Trust focus on?

Dr Deborah Pullen MBE, Executive Director of the BRE Trust, gives an overview of the successes of the BRE Trust programmes, and highlights the key themes and how delegates can become involved in the Trust’s activities.

Final remarks

James Wates CBE, Chair of the BRE Trust, reviews the key messages from the day.


15:00 Close