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In the UK and Ireland, CSR Director, Richard Batley, takes overall responsibility for putting the Group’s CSR commitments into action. He chairs the Delegation’s CSR Working Group comprised of Senior Managers from the Delegation. The Working Group looks at current performance against CSR Targets, the Company's action plans, emerging challenges within our markets and input from our Sustainable Development Advisory Panel.

The CSR champions with our businesses feed into this working groups and share practice across the business in specialist areas such as: energy, waste, water, wellbeing and safety. They work with colleagues in our businesses to develop and implement local policies, appropriate action plans and report on progress.

Who's who?


Alan has over 25 years’ experience of working with global companies and governments on sustainability. He joined the world’s largest Steel company ArcelorMittal in 2014 as their General Manager for Corporate Responsibility and since then has helped develop a sustainability framework ranging from products to process.  Alan created and chaired the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group, which was a collaboration of over 100 companies sharing best practice and coordinating the corporate respond to Ebola in West Africa. For this he was made a Clinton Global Citizen honoree in 2015.

 Previous to that he was Sustainability Director for Business and the Community (BITC) where he oversaw all their Corporate Sustainability Programmes. He advised the Virgin Group on sustainable development for seven years and led the Virgin Earth Challenge: Sir Richard Branson’s $25m prize for scalable, sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Previously he has worked with global companies as diverse as B&Q where led their entire Cr and Sustainability programme for 10 years. He was instrument in founding and developing the Forest Stewardship Council. He held similar roles in the Parent company Kingfisher and SABMiller, the multibillion brewery company.

 For nine years he was a commissioner with the Sustainable Development Commission and he introduced the concept of "choice editing" into the product policy debate.  He also chaired the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Nature Partnership.  He is a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

 He was awarded the OBE in June 1998, in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance presented him with a lifelong award and in 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment. 



The third generation of the Measom Family to run the business, which has grown from a 1934 Plastering Company completing residential works to one of the largest Drylining and Plastering companies in the country.  The company now deals with all sizes of contract ranging from shell and core to fit out in all areas of the country.

Measom Dryline has offices in Leicester, London, Manchester and Newcastle and is expanding to meet the needs of customers who want a national offering, but with a local touch. We recruit and train new entrants to the industry on every site we work on, and have an apprentice programme backed by the services and experience of GTG.

Measom Dryline has completed over 100 major Hospital projects throughout the UK and in Europe with values ranging up to £15 million. The company has been installing Drywall since the Late 1950's, and we are currently working on some of the largest PFI projects in the UK, and some Major BSF projects completing Partitions, Metsec Structural Partitions and Ceilings, as well as several Shell and Core projects in London.

Andy is also: Chairman of Compello Automotive, Owner of Quality Affordable Housing Company, Kingston Drywall, officeTwelve Ltd, Gypsumtools Ltd and Paull’s Vehicle Rental.



Caroline is Head of Group Sustainability at Galliford Try. Her key responsibilities include:

- Production and implementation of Group sustainability policies and strategy.
- Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group.
- Representative for Galliford Try at various external and industry forums, including the Supply Chain Sustainability School.
- Providing advice and guidance on sustainability best practice to business leaders and senior management.
- Production of all Group sustainability communications, including the sustainability content of the Annual Report, website and intranet.
- Implementing compliance with sustainability legislation, including most recently ESOS and the Modern Slavery Act.
- Completion of sustainability benchmark submissions, including FTSE4Good, NextGeneration and CDP.
- Oversee Group's strategic approach to charitable engagements.

Previously Caroline worked as Group Sustainability Manager at Miller Homes, and is a Board Member, since 2015, of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.



Since 2007 Julia has been the Programme Manager for the Global Forest Trade Network for WWF, having previously worked as a geologist for De Beers and Rio Tinto. She holds a Master of Science in Geology and a Masters in International Law and Environmental Policy.



Bekir Andrews is Balfour Beatty's Group Sustainability Manager. He has over 18 years of direct experience as a Sustainability Practitioner. Working in the field of FM, infrastructure, rail, professional services and construction he has a wealth of practical knowledge and international experience.

Bekir is responsible for developing and driving Balfour Beatty's sustainability strategy. His specialisms include deploying and communicating strategy, non-financial reporting, developing business cases, reviewing government policies, engaging stakeholders, developing e-learning and training materials, sustainable procurement, implementing integrated management systems, auditing, energy management, resource efficiency, renewables, and transport.  As part of his role, he manages Balfour Beatty’s energy management unit and data team, driving efficiencies across its asset and buildings portfolio.

Bekir is an active member of IEMA’s Climate Change Forum and up until recently chaired IEMA’s South East Steering Group that has over 4,000 members

Bekir is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Fellow Member of IEMA, a Lead IEMA trainer and an IEMA approved Environmental Auditor.

Bekir is passionate about his work, the profession and the sharing of best practice. He is keen to support the profession across all sectors and the continual professional development of sustainability practitioners.



Kristian is a senior Consultant at Arup. Kristian works in the Advanced Technology and Research group in the Engineering and Consulting firm Arup. His professional training was as a civil engineer, but through a doctorate, work experience with BRE, and subsequently Arup, Kristian moved to specialise in systems analysis using tools like LCA and MRIO to understand environmental challenges of product and material supply chains, of buildings and infrastructure, organisations and their operation, and at the regional or sector scale.

Kristian’s work has been used to inform policy and strategy, guide design projects, advise Governments, sectors and organisations, as well as support product development programmes.



Uniquely within the Saint-Gobain Group, an independent panel of external stakeholders and sustainability experts provides us with critical advice, guidance and feedback to help shape our thinking and challenge our progress on CSR in the UK and Ireland.

Our Sustainable Development Advisory Panel is made up of customers, NGOs, charities and sustainability experts and was set up in early 2013. The panel meets twice a year under the chairmanship of Dr Alan Knight, OBE.

The panel is invited to give its views on our annual CSR review, which we highly value and transparently publish. Following comments on our 2013 CSR review, we have introduced several new and stretching targets to tackle key challenges.

  • Group- and Delegation level commitments and targets
  • Timescales for achieving our targets
  • Progress made against targets to date
  • Comparability of past performance data

You will be able to read the Advisory Panel’s views on our 2014/2015 CSR Review here once published.

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