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Internationally renowned sustainability expert is new Director of Responsible Business at NHS Property Services

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has announced the appointment of leading ethical and sustainable construction expert Dr Shamir Ghumra, who will join its Executive Board later this month as Director of Responsible Business.  

Dr Ghumra joins NHSPS from Building Research Establishment (BRE), where he served as Head of Building Performance Services. Well connected to both industry and academia, Shamir was responsible for a range of business areas at BRE including energy modelling, BREEAM – the world’s leading science-based suite of validation and certification systems for sustainable built environment – and the BRE Academy, the leading training provider for individuals and businesses for the built environment. 

He is a leading expert on sustainability challenges in the built environment, has an Engineering Doctorate from Loughborough University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and a Chartered Environmentalist. Shamir is also Visiting Professor of ESG Performance and Strategy at Loughborough University and is a board member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. 

His executive portfolio at NHSPS will include Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy & Environment, and he will also oversee the organisation’s responsible business offer and social and governance framework. 

Dr Ghumra said: “I am very excited to be joining NHS Property Services at a time when the organisation is starting to realise its potential as a responsible business. This is a turning point for so many businesses in the construction and facilities management industries and I hope that by bringing my experience to NHSPS we can deliver a sustainable NHS estate that is future-proofed for generations of patients.” 

Martin Steele, Chief Executive Officer for NHSPS said: “The Executive Board are delighted to welcome Shamir to the organisation, and we look forward to working closely with him as we embark on the next step on our journey to demonstrating we are a truly responsible business. Shamir is extremely highly-regarded both nationally and internationally for his work, and I am certain that his knowledge and experience will benefit NHSPS greatly, enabling us to drive this tremendously important new function forward.” 

Alongside his roles,  Dr Ghumra is a former board member and co-founder of the Supply Chain Sustainability School and former chair of the Construction Industry Coalition on Modern Slavery. He plays an active role in monitoring and improving industry standards, and is involved with both European and International work. 

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