Our Board

Professor Jeremy Watson 
Professor Jeremy Watson CBE - Board Chair
Vice Dean of Engineering Sciences and Professor of Engineering Systems - University College London

Professor Jeremy Watson, CBE FREng FIET FICE is Vice Dean of Engineering Sciences and Professor of Engineering Systems at University College London. He concurrently holds the post of Chief Scientist and Engineer at BRE. Until November 2012, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) and Global Research Director at Arup.

Jeremy has experience of research and technical management through roles in industry, universities, and the Civil Service plus voluntary service with BIS, EPSRC, NERC and HEFCE. His specialities include the creation of strategic research agendas, emerging technology identification, R&D management and deployment, and innovation processes.

 Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, where he is Deputy President. He is a recent past member of EPSRC Council, and was a governing board member of the Technology Strategy Board. He is a Trustee of the Institute for Sustainability and the IET. He served on two SAGE panels (Flooding and Pandemics) and a Blackett Review. Jeremy will be President of the IET in 2016.

He was awarded a CBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to engineering.

Richard Brook
Richard Brook - Board Deputy Chair
President – AIRTO
Founding Director – E-Synergy
Richard is a founder director of E-Synergy Ltd, an early stage venture capital business which has a growing portfolio of activities in business angel investing, early stage fund management and investment readiness training. E-Synergy is a Carbon Trust Incubator Partner with an associated stream of incubation activities for which Richard is responsible. He is currently working with a number of companies in this regard that show significant business potential in the context of the UK’s carbon reduction targets.
He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Sira Group of Companies and is the current President of AIRTO. His career spans over 40 years in research and development in sensors, measurement, instrumentation and related technologies such as optics, imaging and displays for industrial manufacturing, space and defence applications. Richard has extensive involvement with leading technology organisations in the US and Europe including the European Commission and the European Space Agency.
Richard holds degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering from Bristol and London Universities. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Mathematician and a Fellow of the Institutes of Measurement and Control and Engineering and Technology. Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was appointed OBE in 2004.  


 June Barnes
June Barnes
Board member - Urban&Civic plc

June Barnes is a board member of Urban&Civic plc, a London based property company with a development pipeline of over 18,000 homes and a number of significant retail and commercial opportunities.

She also a Board member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and is sitting on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation/National Housing Federation working group looking at how to provide rented housing that poor people can afford.

June retired at the end of September from over 15 years as Chief Executive of East Thames Group, a housing association operating in east London and Essex with over 15,000 homes and a turnover of over £120 million. East Thames has an active development programme with a pipeline of over 2,000 homes and a large care and support business.  It also has very effective social and economic regeneration programmes, which over the last three years had supported over 700 people into work through a range of employment programmes as well as helping people get work experience, access training and further education and volunteer.


 Alan Penn
Professor Alan Penn
Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment - University College London

Alan is the Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment, a HEFCE Business Fellow and a founding director of Space Syntax Ltd, a UCL knowledge transfer spin out with a portfolio of over 100 applied projects per year, including whole city masterplans, neighbourhood development plans and individual buildings. He is a member of the Space Group, an EPSRC Platform funded research group. He was the founding Chair of the RIBA's Research and Innovation Committee, and served in that role until 2006.

He was Chair of the Architecture & the Built Environment sub-panel 30 for the UK National Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and a member of its Main Panel H. He is the Chair of the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel 16 and a member of Main-panel C for the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

He was the lead academic on the £5m Urban Buzz: Building Sustainable Communities knowledge exchange programme which promoted more sustainable forms of urban development and intensification in London and the greater South East Region of the UK. Alan was Principle Investigator on the City History and Multi-scale Spatial Master-planning UK-China Research Network, 国际研究网络:城市历史与多尺度的空间整体规划, funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which develops UK-Chinese academic research collaboration. He is a trustee of the Shakespeare North Trust.

Neil Pennell

Neil Pennell
Head of Sustainability & Engineering - Land Securities PLC

Neil Pennell is the Head of Sustainability & Engineering for Land Securities PLC, the UK’s largest quoted property company. He leads an in-house team of specialist engineers and environmental professionals. He is responsible for the project management of the design, procurement and delivery of building services, vertical transportation systems and utility infrastructure for the Group’s major new development projects.

His environmental team operates across the business supporting both the development and operational teams for the Retail and London Portfolio’s. Neil is charged with providing strategic support to the PLC Board on sustainability issues and for setting stretching environmental targets to ensure Land Securities retains its leadership position in the sector.

Neil is the Chairman of the Technical Affairs Committee of the British Council of Offices and has contributed to a number of the BCO’s technical publications. He is also a director of the Better Buildings Partnership and chairs their Sustainable Retrofit Working Group.

Martin Powell


Martin Powell

Head of Urban Development - Siemens Global Cities Centre of Competence

Martin is The Head of Urban Development within Siemens Global Cities Centre of Competence. This role involves working with City Leadership across the globe and providing expert advice and support to help ensure cities can meet economic, social and environmental targets. 

Martin was previously The Mayoral Advisor on the Environment to the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, responsible for policy development for Energy and Climate Change, Adaptation, Water, Air Quality and Waste. He was also Director of Environment at the London Development Agency, the Mayor’s agency for economic development in London where he had responsibility for delivery of the agency’s Environment Programmes. 

Martin was Managing Director of Cambridge Management & Research, an organisation working with a number of cities and a Special Advisor to the c40 cities climate action group, Chaired by Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

Martin speaks extensively on the topic of future cities and the economic models of delivering solutions at scale and the city governance required to deliver these solutions. He is a contributing author to the Wiley Guide to Project Management and Project, Programme & Portfolio Management also published by Wiley. He has also presented for NBS Learning Channels.