Board Members

David Adams

David Adams

Director

David leads a team of Energy Solutions Engineers providing support to the Willmott Dixon group. He created the financing concept known as Green Deal and has assisted DECC with elements of its development through various forums. He founded the Zero Carbon Hub, has chaired various multi-stakeholder task groups and is a member of the Green Construction Board Buildings workgroup.

Mike Freshney

Mike Freshney

Board Member

Mike has spent his entire career in housing and development, initially training in Highways and Bridges Engineering and Land Surveying. His Public Company career included being Chief Executive of Crest Homes and Main Board Director of the Berkeley Group. He is a Director of the Zero Carbon Hub, Chairman of Robust Details Ltd, Deputy Chairman of W Westerman Ltd, a Board member of the Consumer Code for Home builders and Chairman of its Advisory Forum. He is a non-executive Director of the Home Builders Federation, and a Vice President of The UEPC (European Home Builders and Developers Federation).

Mike recently retired from the Board of CALA Group Ltd and as Chairman of NHBC Building Control Services Ltd. He has been an NHBC Council Member for 30 years and is currently a member of their Consumer and Standards Committees. Mike is a Habitat for Humanity Ambassador leading the HBF Hopebuilder campaign to help those in poverty housing and suffering in natural disasters both in the UK and worldwide.

Mike is married, lives in Surrey, and enjoys leisure time with his family, playing golf and travelling.

Neil Jefferson

Neil Jefferson

Chief Executive

Neil Jefferson, who is also Chief Executive of the Zero Carbon Hub, was appointed to the main board of NHBC in the newly created role of Customer and Business Development Director in April 2012. Neil is a Director of NHBC Services Ltd and previous at NHBC including General Manager, Regional Director and Head of Registration. Prior to his appointment at the Zero Carbon Hub in 2008, Neil was Managing Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Housing – a joint venture between BRE and NHBC. Neil is a chartered builder.

Paul King

Paul King

Chairman

Paul became the first CEO of the UK-GBC in May 2007. Previously he worked for WWF-UK where he was Director of Campaigns, and formerly Campaign Director for WWF's One Million Sustainable Homes campaign and co-founder of One Planet Living ®. Paul is Chairman of the Zero Carbon Hub and is a member of the Zero Carbon Homes 2016 Task Force.  He is Chair of the Green Construction Board Buildings Working Group.

He is a member of the Technology Strategy Board’s Low Impact Building Programme Steering Group, the Government’s Housing Sounding Board and the Igloo Regeneration Sustainability Committee.  He was previously a member of the Low Carbon Construction IGT, Sustainable Buildings Task Group, Code for Sustainable Homes Steering Group and the Egan Review of Skills for Sustainable Communities. On an international level he is a Board member of the World Green Building Council and Chair of the WorldGBC Europe Network.

Bob Ledsome

Board Member

Bob Ledsome took over as Deputy Director, head of the Building Regulations and Standards Division at the Department for Communities and Local Government in May 2011.  The team is responsible for DCLG’s work on the reviews of building regulations, managing the building control system, zero carbon buildings policy and the Code for Sustainable Homes. 

Bob has been with the Department for Communities and Local Government and its predecessor departments since 2002.  He led the team which took the 2004 Planning Act through Parliament.  He has worked on European funding programmes.  Most recently he was head of climate change and sustainable development, leading on DCLG’s work on the cross government climate change programmes.  He is a non executive director of the board of the Zero Carbon Hub.

Before joining DCLG, Bob spent over 12 years working with the Health and Safety Executive – including a period working on safety issues associated with the construction and operation of the Channel tunnel.  Bob started his civil service career in the Employment Department, working on employment and training policy, and in the then Unemployment Benefit Service.

Ray Morgan

Ray Morgan

Board Member

Ray Morgan has had a career in the public sector for over 30 years. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and was appointed Chief Executive of Woking Borough Council in April 2008.

Ray joined Woking Borough Council as Director of Finance in 1989 and since that time has championed many key initiatives and been instrumental in the development of many of the authority’s key strategies namely: Asset Management; Equalities and Diversity; Implementation of Electronic Government; Partnership Development; and Waste Management and the Council’s Climate Change Strategy. Ray is also Director of the Thameswey Group of Companies producing both energy and housing projects.

 

Ray was appointed as a Board Member of the Zero Carbon Hub Board in 2008 to represent Local Government interests. 

Rob Pannell

Rob Pannell

Managing Director

Rob Pannell is the Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub, a role to which he brings a wide range of knowledge regarding sustainability, innovations, technology prototypes, trials and solutions. This knowledge is a crucial asset for both the Hub and government, with Rob working closely with ministers and senior civil servants to advise on zero carbon policy and the 2016 target.

Prior to joining the Zero Carbon Hub, Rob was a senior figure in the construction industry with over 35 years of experience with Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd. where he held a series of senior level roles, most recently as UK Director of Production (construction and design). Within this position Rob investigated and established a cost base and technical compliance of practical renewable energy and building fabric solutions to meet the various UK government policies.

Mike Quinton

Mike Quinton

Board Member

Mike Quinton joined NHBC in October 2012, bringing a wealth of experience gained in the insurance sector, having held several senior executive management positions within major UK insurance companies, including Zurich Financial Services Group, Prudential and RBS Insurance, for which Mike was Managing Director of personal lines insurer, Churchill.

Mike’s experience in managing high-profile, consumer-facing brands, coupled with his strong managerial track record, sees him ideally placed to lead NHBC into the future and help reinforce their remit as the pre-eminent new home warranty and standards body.

John Tebbit

Board Member

John has been the Managing Director of Robust Details from May 2014. The company was set up in 2004 to offer an alternative to post construction testing of domestic party walls and floors. It has registered nearly 750,000 homes since starting and has achieved over 98% compliance since its start.

John's background is as a Chartered civil engineer whose early years were spent in the railways, water and contracting sectors. In 1985 he moved to Celcon as a technical adviser on masonry products, eventually becoming director of another group company, Kingsway Technology, where he was involved in technical support, machinery design and supply and licensing technologies in USA and India.

 

He then joined the Construction Products Association in 2001 as Industry Affairs Director where he and his team were responsible for all technical, regulatory and sustainability issues as well as BIM. He was involved in the early days of Robust Details becoming a non-executive director. He is a founder member of the BIM for Manufacturers and Manufacturing group www.bim4m2.co.uk