With more than forty years’ experience, Keith has worked in all sectors of the UK and international construction industry, including as Executive Vice President of Skanska AB, Chief Executive of Trafalgar House Construction and Chief Executive of Kvaerner Construction. He has held executive positions at Olympia & York and New York City Public Development Corporation, as well as working as an adviser to the Qatari Government.
As Chief Executive of the UK’s largest engineering consultants WS Atkins for the eight years to 2011, Keith led the business to considerable growth, supporting its investment in the Middle East and its involvement in the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. He is also credited with shaping Atkins to respond to opportunities created by the low carbon economy.
Kerry is a Chartered mechanical engineer and has worked for many years in sustainable manufacturing and construction, energy transition and the circular economy.
She initiated and led Innovate UK’s Building Performance Evaluation programme which began in 2009 and carried this interest into her role as Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation (2012 to 2018). She led the Each Home Counts Measurement, Monitoring and Verification workstream and has chaired and co-authored the British Standard on Building Performance Evaluation of buildings in-use, published in January 2022.
Kerry serves as a non-executive director of the Ecology Building Society and Active Building Centre Ltd and chairs the energy strategy group of Worcestershire LEP. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2017 for her services to energy and the built environment and is currently planning her fourth self-build home.
Lynne Sullivan is an Architect and founded sustainableBYdesign, finalists in all three 2010-2012 BRE-sponsored UK Passivhaus prototype Competitions. Previously Lynne was Sustainability Director at Broadway Malyan, and for 10 years Associate Director at ECD Architects, where as Project Architect she received an RIBA Regional Design Award, and was co-author and winner of the UK’s first government-sponsored Zero CO2 housing competition. She recently chaired RIBA’s Sustainable Futures Committee and was appointed RIBA Climate Change Ambassador for the runup to COP21 in Paris which she attended in 2015.
Lynne is now a design consultant, Visiting Professor, and industry Board member including for the Active Building Centre and the Passivhaus Trust; sits on and chairs local and national design commissions and review panels, and is an RIBA Competitions Design Advisor. She has authored and chairs policy review and research projects for UK governments, including the Scottish Government’s Expert Panel for “A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland”; and the Buildings Mission Taskgroup for the CLC’s Green Construction Board, which she represented as a Steering Group member for the UK Green Building Council Whole Life Carbon Roadmap launched at COP26.
She was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture in 2011, Chairs the Good Homes Alliance, and a member of the Green Construction Board since its inception.
Is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor. She spent a few years in both Monaco and Switzerland where she was working in a Private Equity/Family Office environment as Director of Corporate Finance, Treasury and Tax, with a focus on small and medium enterprises specialising in Engineering & Food Technology, Business Services and the Oil and Gas Sectors.
Before this Lynne gained extensive experience in structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, business support, treasury, restructuring, transactional, operational accounting and tax management with world-leading blue chip technology companies including Vodafone, Colt and Skype.
Lynne was the Interim Chief Financial Officer at Innovate UK from September 2015 to December 2016.
Lynne is a linguist who speaks French, German and Spanish.
Sam Stacey is a construction industry leader and writer on construction innovation. Since 2018 he has been Challenge Director for Construction at UKRI, implementing the Sector Deal for Construction as part of the UK’s 2017 Industrial Strategy. He has an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University.
Sam chartered as a structural engineer while working at Buro Happold on the Faisaliyah Center in Riyadh. As Director of Innovation at Skanska UK he was known for promoting Flying Factories. In 2018 Sam joined UKRI as Challenge Director for Construction. The Transforming Construction Challenge, is accelerating construction’s shift towards value-based manufacturing and digital processes. With a budget of £170 million, matched by £250 million from industry, the Transforming Construction Challenge brings together contractors, supply chain, innovators, government, clients and the research community. Sam is a former trustee of the BRE.
Dan has 24 years working experience spent across Australia, Asia, Latin America and the United Kingdom working across many fields including surveying, climate and biodiversity action, equity, diversity, inclusion, landscape, property, sustainability, regional development. He has direct experience in built and natural environment, local government, planning, charities, education and training sectors. Dan’s strengths span:
- Building strategic alliances
- Strategy development, business planning & delivering change
- Futures, Foresight & market insight analysis
- Delivering equity, diversity & inclusion outcomes
- Taking climate and biodiversity action
- Developing thought leadership and public policy influencing
- Leadership of charities, NGOs, government agencies and professional/membership bodies.
His focus at the Active building centre will be around
- finalising delivery of the transforming construction challenge
- clarifying strategic options and focus for the organisation
- working with the board to seek new funding and opportunities
- engaging and inspiring the ABC team, board and wider stakeholders about the value of active buildings.
Most recently, he led & transformed the professional body the Landscape Institute from 2016 to 2921. A strategy was created that saw membership grow, new action taken on climate & biodiversity, EDI improved, new digital platforms delivered, journal and communications refreshed, new online training webinars delivered & major standards updated.
This followed 9 years involved in strategy, business planning, policy and influencing roles at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) where he had a particular focus on emerging markets(including across Asia, Africa & South America) & leading their “RICS Futures” insight programme.
Lee Chambers is Chief Commercial Officer for the for the Active Building Centre (ABC).
He’s an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry.
Skilled in Negotiation, Photovoltaics, Electrical Wiring, energy storage, Environmental Awareness, and EV futures, he’s also a specialist in aggressive business development .
Lee has a long history in senior sales roles with the last 15-years spent in solar energy.
He’s passionate about changing things for the better and mindful of the commerciality of doing so.
Lee takes pleasure in questioning the established wisdom on the basis that “if you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve got”
Lee leads a team of pioneers focussed on the commercial application of innovative technology in the buildings industry. The remit is simple – INNOVATE, EDUCATE, CONSOLIDATE, REPLICATE
“After some 25 years in civil engineering I feel I have developed my ability to successfully initiate, maintain and direct multi-party construction projects and programmes.
While the goal of every civil engineer is to provide the infrastructure to sustain civilised life in a safe and efficient manner and increase prosperity for all, I still wasn’t convinced that I was making a demonstrable positive difference in a meaningful timeframe.
Combining the Active Building Centre’s prime driver to upscale at pace for the benefit of wider society with my desire to continually build consensus and agreements appeared to be a mutually rewarding opportunity that I am now very glad I took.”
An energetic commercially minded, fully qualified accountant. Before joining the Active Building Centre she was Head of Finance at Hydro Industries, and part time consultant specialising in start up and turnaround companies.
She previously acted as Director of Financial Operations of a VC backed medical device start up company.
During her career she has gained valuable experience in all aspects of financial management, including preparation of information for an IPO, M&A activities, financial reporting, management reporting, Sarbanes Oxley compliance and working capital management.
Experience spans numerous sectors from SME’s through to large international manufacturing companies as well as housing association finance. Additionally seven years part time lecturing experience.
Active Building Centre’s Head of Corporate Affairs Chris Brierley was recruited in June 2021, initially to lead ABC’s COP26 fringe event, but soon his talents were put to greater use as the company’s strategic lead for communications and stakeholder engagement. Chris bring with him a wealth of communications experience from a variety of backgrounds. A talented multi media broadcaster with the BBC for over a decade with highlights including covering the Floods of 2007 and the 2009 Expenses Scandal. For 4 and a half years he served as Gloucestershire’s first Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner where he led on the PCC’s communications and engagement strategy from dealing with crisis communications to campaigns. He also played a key role in developing the vision and strategy of the OPCC as well as the day to day work of governance of the police service. Chris is passionate about the climate change agenda and believes in the power of people and organisations in delivering real change. Since arriving at ABC, he’s overseen the revamp of the company’s website and brand as well as working to showcase ABC’s impact in driving the net zero agenda.