Building People

A platform that connects people to opportunities across architecture, engineering and construction (the built environment)

We have a simple plan

Aggregate. Integrate. Enable. Connect.

Create an underpinning platform that brings together people, opportunities, resource, knowledge and needs. Integrate this platform with the websites of providers that engage with diverse audiences. Connect people to content and opportunities without disrupting user journeys. No duplication nor reinvention. Measure and report on the social value these activities generate. Join the dots.


Improving diversity and inclusion

Skills Imbalances

Driving a supply of competent workers

Social Value

Maximising and evidencing social value


Our aggregator platform is the ‘What are you looking for?’ buttons on our home page.
The platform brings together people, knowledge, resource, opportunities and needs across the Built Environment, with three of the six modules live and the full prototype due for completion in September 2020.

We are aggregating content and opportunities, enabling people to more easily find and access existing information, knowledge, vacancies and support.


Our integrator model can be seen via the websites of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) and the Construction Industry Council’s Roadmap for Change.
Both  websites are ‘powered by Building People’, enabling CSTT and CIC users to access otherwise fragmented content, without disrupting their journey. Integration with all six of the Building People modules will be delivered in September 2020.

Our ‘white label’ solution is available to other providers, meaning that more organisations can collaboratively access aggregated content and increased functionality (for a fraction of the price of developing it themselves).


There is a wealth of knowledge, activities and opportunities contained within the many different providers that help connect supply to demand across the built environment.
We are bringing these providers together to facilitate discussion, collaboration and change and to support the development of our ‘Network of Networks’.

The Communities that we have created are made up of providers that work with young people, BAME groups, women, ex-offenders, LGBTQ+ individuals and ex-military personnel. The Communities are growing and we’re seeking to work with every organisation identified in our ‘Search Organisations’ portal.

Core Team

Rebecca Lovelace

With twenty years’ experience in industry, Rebecca brings expertise in maximising the social impact of construction projects through enabling collaboration between multiple stakeholders and individuals from diverse and disadvantaged local communities, with a particular focus on social value. Rebecca is passionate about ‘joining the dots’ and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. She is the Founder and Chief Dot-joiner at Building People, a co-founder of Be Onsite and BuildForce, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Rebecca has an MSc in Urban Regeneration.

Terry Watts

Terry is an experienced CEO of start-up and mid-sized businesses having run two Sector Skills Councils (Deputy CEO at e-skills and CEO at Proskills). He has put his passion for developing people, businesses and championing change to good use as Principal of the City of Oxford FE College, International Director of Activate Learning and MD of the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building). Terry is the Executive Director of Building People, CEO of the CSTT (Chartered Surveyors Training Trust) and MD of a start-up organisation promoting a methodical approach to modern methods of construction.

Josh Young

With a history in the automotive industry, Josh brings experience from events, training and coaching. Josh has been involved in start-ups from an early age, running his own motorsport team during and after college, before heading into freelance work as a trainer.

Josh has a keen interest in diversity and the built environment. As a qualified PRINCE2 Project Manager, Josh takes on the role of Programme Assistant at Building People with a focus on the company’s online presence, data and administration needs.

Advisory Committee

Alison Nicholl


Alison joined BRE in 2008 to manage the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network, a £700k per annum programme that aims to increase the exploitation of innovation in the built environment.

Alison is Head of Constructing Excellence and represents BRE on the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Enterprise & Innovation Board and is leading a number of bids to secure funding to deliver a Low Carbon Innovation Network in Hertfordshire and an Open Innovation Hub on the BRE Campus.

Ashley Wheaton

BA (Hons)

Ashley joined University College of Estate Management (UCEM) in 2013 as Principal. He is responsible for all aspects of UCEM’s academic and business operations.

Ashley has previously held senior roles as Director of Global Learning Services for Microsoft, and Chief Executive Officer of InfoBasis Ltd, a global Talent Management software company. He is currently also a Member of the Executive of GuildHE, a Trustee of both JISC and the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT), a Director of Building People CIC and a Non-Executive Director of BRE Group.

Bola Abisogun


Bola is a member of the London regional RICS board and is also a qualified APC Assessor. He established the first RICS network for BAME surveyors, DiverseCity Surveyors, and in 2010 was appointed as Chair of the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s Construction Leadership and Diversity Forum.

Bola chairs Moving on Up, a multi-million pound ‘Employer Engagement’ initiative covering three sectors, including construction. Bola is focused on promoting the Surveying profession, with a particular focus on those from non-traditional and BAME backgrounds, with little or no knowledge of what the surveying profession has to offer.

David Frise


A former nuclear submariner and now Chief Executive of BESA Building Engineering Services Association, David is a frequent speaker on energy efficiency, system integration, government energy and low carbon initiatives, and the gap between design and performance in buildings.

David Reynolds


As a Chartered Project Management and Quantity Surveyor with over 25 years professional experience, David is passionate about the creation and delivery of innovative client solutions on construction and property related projects within the retail, residential, commercial, transportation and infrastructure sectors.

Owner of Bloomsbury Project Management Ltd and Court Assistant to the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, David’s vision is for bringing change to the industry through innovation of project delivery and collaboration of people through new technology platforms.

Donna Rourke-Houguez


Donna heads up the awesome bunch of people that is the marketing communications and brand team at UCEM. Donna’s role combines commercial focus, 18 years of senior management experience and desire for innovation with her values of sustainability and empowering young people.

The majority of Donna’s career has been spent in the commercial property sector, spanning the line between marketing and change management, which she actually believes are one and the same! Donna is a Director of Building People CIC.

Graham Watts


Graham is Chief Executive and Secretary of the Construction Industry Council (CIC), and an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, CIBSE, CABE, ICWCI, BIID, CICES and the Faculty of Building and an Honorary Member of the RICS and CIAT. Graham was awarded the President’s Medal of the CIOB in 2000 and the Peter Stone Award of the Association of Building Engineers in 1996.

Prior to joining CIC, Graham was Chief Executive of the British Institute of Architectural Technologists and has been Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment since 2010.

Misa Von Tunzelman


Misa is Head of Marketing & Communications for BNP Paribas Real Estate and Strutt & Parker, the BNP Paribas group’s two Real Estate brands in the UK. She has over 20 years’ Marketing experience gained primarily in Professional Services and has worked in the Property sector since 2004.

Misa is also a trustee of the University College of Estate Management and Eastside Young Leaders Academy. Prior to joining BNPPRE, she worked in Marketing at JLL and was instrumental in setting up their LGBT ‘Building Pride’ network. Misa is a Director of Building People CIC.

Dr Robert Illes

BSc (Hons), PGCE, PhD, MISTC

Robert has had a varied career, having worked as a physics teacher, technical director and researcher in industry, and has since built up a consulting practice providing research and authoring services to the complex engineering and construction industries.

Robert has a passion for creating a vibrant, diverse and sustainable industry. He is the Lead Researcher, Skills and Training at BRE and is currently leading the skills and training work on the Construction Innovation Hub.

Shenaaz Chenia


Shenaaz is the CEO of YouthBuild Ventures UK, which is creating a model which responds to the leadership and livelihood aspirations of socially excluded youth, while simultaneously addressing the skills and labour crisis in the construction industry.

Shenaaz is passionate about the skills agenda and social mobility, and a genuine believer that the intelligence and passion of young people can bridge the skills gap.

William Hill


William qualified as a Chartered Surveyor at Drivers Jonas working in investment and joined Schroders as a fund manager before becoming CEO. His career has been spent initiating change in property investment industry including development of property unit trusts, establishing multi manager industry, securitisation and expansion into Europe.

William is past Master Chartered Surveyors’ Company, the Chairman of Ediston REIT, Mayfair Capital and Chartered Surveyors Training Trust. He is also a Board member for Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation and investment committee member for Guys and St Thomas’s Charity and Goldsmiths livery company.

Why we need Building People

The UK needs to build; there is a shortage of skilled workers and the workforce we have lacks diversity.


Estimated £1bn a year new investment in public housing


Potential total expenditure on infrastructure projects (public and private) between 2018 - 2021


Potential total expenditure post 2021


Construction jobs created between 2019 and 2023


Construction employment forecast to reach 2.79 million in 2023


Per cent of construction businesses struggling to recruit staff


of the construction workforce is female (2% working on site)


of the construction workforce


of those working in construction are aged between 16 and 24


of the current workforce is over 50 and 15% are in their 60s


of 16-18 year-olds see construction as their first career choice


of companies that focus on diversity gain success in new markets