Dr Gavin Dunn BSc (Hons) MSc PhD FCABE – Chief Executive
Originally trained as an Architect, Gavin initially practised in North America with a large construction engineering consultancy before returning to the UK to specialise in the energy and environmental performance of buildings in 1998. Gavin advanced this specialism through positions at the Welsh School of Architecture as a researcher and Elmhurst Energy as Operations Director where he helped develop some of Europe’s leading building energy certification and labelling systems.In 2013 Gavin was appointed Director of Building Performance at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) where he was responsible for a portfolio of BRE's globally leading services.
In 2018, Gavin was appointed as Chief Executive of CABE where he works to enable a professional construction sector that works to create better, safer and more sustainable buildings that enhance people’s lives.Gavin is a member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC).
Jackie Macaulay – Chief Operations Officer
Jackie is responsible for all aspects of the organisations operations and internal processing. Her remit includes compliance, legal services, HR, OD & change management, IT, facilities, PR & communications, membership processing and deputising for the CEO in his absence.
Her experience spans a range of manufacturing, construction and not-for-profit organisations with her first Director position as HR Director for Electrolux in 2004. Jackie has worked across the UK, Ireland and internationally across Europe and Asia managing diverse and multi-disciplined teams. She brings to CABE the senior expertise that will develop the organisation as it moves forward with its modernisation and development strategy.
Richard Harral BA BArch FCABE RIBA – Technical Director
Richard trained as an Architect at Newcastle University prior to working for Cumbrian County Council Design and Build, Ushida Findlay Architects and Bushcow Henley Architects before running his own private practice for four years. In 1997, he became Principal Architect at the Department for Communities and Local Government and then head of Technical Policy in the Building Regulations Division in 2014.
Richard was responsible for the development and introduction of Optional Requirements into the Building Regulations, including the development of age-friendly and wheelchair housing standards in Part M (Access to and use of buildings). He also oversaw the development and introduction of the Nationally Described Space Standard and new regulations for domestic security standards in Part Q of the Building Regulations.
Sarah Sivyer MCMI – Training, Events & Regional Services Director
Sarah joined the Association as the liaison between the then newly established UK regions and headquarters following several successful years of running her own business. Her achievements and progression within CABE since joining in 2010 resulted in Sarah’s appointment as Regional Development Director on the 1st January 2017.
Sarah is responsible for developing the support offered to CABE’s regional committees and regional officers in order to ensure that service provision to members is maintained and enhanced via our excellent network of volunteers. This includes provision of the ‘buildeng’ suite of 16 regional technical conferences. Her remit includes responsibilities for the provision of the flagship Annual Conference, CABE Awards for the Built Environment, Presidential Inauguration and Training Delivery.
John Barfoot FCABE – Learning, Education & Academic Director
John is a Fellow of CABE, a Chartered Surveyor and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has worked as a quantity surveyor, project manager and at director level for contractors, developers and other large firms in the UK and internationally. After 25 years John left industry to join academia, working in further education at Highbury College Portsmouth and then in higher education in 2009, becoming Head of Design and the Built Environment at Solent University.
While at Solent John was responsible for an academic team with over 500 full and part-time students and apprentices. John developed partnerships with employers, professional bodies and other universities in the UK and overseas and he was at the forefront of the university’s higher and degree apprenticeship programme development. Having served on the CABE board for two years, John joined the Executive Team in order to develop our educational offering, along with strengthening our partnerships with academic institutions.
Paul Comben BSc (Hons), MBA, Assoc CIPD–Business Development Director
Paul is responsible for Business Development in the UK & the ROI, the Membership Benefits programme, Company Partners, Regional Network liaison, Middle East & US Chapter Development and the Young Professional Networks. He has an MBA from Loughborough University Business School and is an Associate Member of the CIPD.
After graduating from Reading University, he joined the manufacturing sector progressing through several companies before starting his own business providing outsourced HR services, including recruitment and career development programmes to clients in the public, private and not for profit sector. With a keen interest in careers and experienced in the use of competency-based frameworks, he has recruited at all levels across multiple disciplines including engineering, research and knowledge transfer.