Dr Peter Bonfield


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Job title: Chief Executive
Organisation: Building Research Establishment Group
Tags: Advisor


Dr Peter Bonfield joined world leading building science centre BRE in 1992 as Senior Scientific Officer and rose through the ranks to become Chief Executive of the BRE Group in January 2012. A materials engineer with a PhD in wind energy and the design of turbine blades, Peter has led major initiatives in these areas of new build and existing housing, as well as in commercial and public sector buildings.

The award winning BRE Innovation Park, designed to give a glimpse of how the future delivery of sustainable buildings and communities can be achieved, was Peter’s brainchild. The Park model is now being adopted in China, Brazil and the US providing significant opportunities for European construction overseas. Under part-time secondment to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) from 2006 to 2011, Peter helped create the sustainable development strategy for London 2012 and also led on construction products.

He is a Visiting Professor at Bath University, where he has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering. He is a Fellow at the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIOMMM), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) and a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE). He has been a Chartered Engineer for over 20 years.

In May 2012 Peter received the prestigious Peter Stone Award from the Association of Building Engineers (ABE) at a ceremony in the House of Lords. The following month he was awarded an OBE from the Queen for services to research and innovation in the construction industry. In July 2012 he was elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition for his contribution to the leadership of innovative research associated with the build environment, and in applying systems engineering to sustainable development.

In March 2013 he was appointed by UK Government to Chair an Independent Review that develops an Action Plan to create a sustainable future for the UK’s woodlands and forests. This is a cross government review which is to report in autumn 2013. Peter has called his plan 'Grown in Britain'.