After a year of my leading the Building Performance Network, it is ready to move into a new phase, embracing the opportunities it promises. I agreed to take on the role of Interim Chief Executive in order to get it up and running and attract sufficient funding to take us forward to the next stage. This is an exciting opportunity to work with some great people and be part of a step change in building performance in the UK.
In the last year, we have seen great progress:
- In January we held a Round Table discussion with MPs at Portcullis House as part of a BBA / Policy Connect event
- We were selected to run a 75-minute session as part of a Building Performance initiative at Ecobuild 2018
- In the next couple of months, we will be assisting BEIS with circulating an advance survey to assist with how they will structure their EPC Call for Evidence (currently scheduled for the spring), with building performance in-use being on the agenda, and a keenness to look beyond energy and CO2 emissions
- We have met with DCLG and we have offered to assist with the conference that Communities secretary Sajid Javid is proposing to host in the spring. This will be about how to improve the design quality of homes
Over the past few months I have found that policy makers are in listening mode – this is a time for the BPN to act.
Below is the job description. Please pass this on to your colleagues and contacts who may be interested.
I look forward to working with and handing over to our new CEO.
Role of Director/CEO of the Building Performance Network
Reports to BPN Board / Chair
Based at Sustainable Development Foundation, 5 Baldwin Terrace, London N1 7RU
The Building Performance Network (BPN) is a not-for-profit activity, currently run as a programme of the Sustainable Development Foundation, but aiming to be an independent, stand-alone organisation. It works to bring together individuals and organisations with an interest in improving building performance in operation, based on integrity and robust data. It operates in all building sectors and BPN membership is open to all.
The BPN has the following key objectives:
- Bring people together with an interest in building performance
- Understand how building performance data is collected and analysed to ensure members have reliable data on which to base their decisions
- Move forward the practice of building performance evaluation (BPE) to further increase its value for the sector
- Share and make members aware of a wide range of studies undertaken in the UK and create a platform for sharing data for additional uses
- Use performance data to influence change in policy, procurement and practice, and to move the building performance agenda forward.
The role includes:
- Input to annual business plan, budget and finance reports
- Progress reporting to regular Board meetings
- Management of all members and recruitment of potential Pioneer Members and Standard Members
- Development and management of advocacy and lobbying activities
- Development and organisation of networking and education events
- Development and management of research projects
- Development and management of the data portal
- Development and management of BPE project activities
- Management of press/PR and other marketing activities
- Management of staff, sub-contractors and other support as required.
You will be supported in strategic development by the BPN Chair, the SDF Director, Members of the Board and Management Team and on projects and communications by a Projects and Communications Associate.
We are looking for a self-starting leader who is enthusiastic about the challenge of developing a new organisation from a very early stage, and recognises the opportunity to shape and influence a whole industry sector.
You will be motivated and enthusiastic with a passion and understanding for buildings and their performance and will have:
• A relevant degree and at least 5 to 10 years’ relevant work experience
• Experience of managing a small team
• A strong track record of project and budget management
• Strong & broad communication skills
Desirable attributes include:
• Good connections within the Building Performance sector
• Experience of marketing & communications activities across a range of media
• Some experience of policy work or engagement
This role is on a free-lance, part-time, flexible basis (approximately 2/3 days per week), initially for a 9-month period beginning in May 2018. Day rate will be approximately £250 per day, subject to experience.
How to apply
If this sounds like you, please email a CV and a brief covering note or email stating why you would be suited to the role to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 3rd April, 2018. We will aim to interview candidates week beginning the 9th April with the intention of work starting in May.