Deputy Chief Executive at UK Green Building Council | UKSimon McWhirter leads UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) policy and political work, as well as overseeing the corporate communications with members, media, and the wider industry. He also oversees UKGBC’s portfolio of place-based projects and international and devolved activity, including heading up UKGBC Scotland. Aligned to all this, Simon sits on a variety of forums – including the UK government’s Energy Efficiency Task Force – co-Chairs the Buildings Mission Zero Network, and sits on the Green Construction Board’s Steering Group, the Scottish Government’s Green Heat Finance Taskforce, and the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Future Homes Taskforce. Over the last 25 years, Simon has held a wide range of roles spanning the construction, finance, and not-for-profit sectors. He joined UKGBC from the Active Building Centre, where he was Head of Engagement. Previous roles include seven years as Sales Director at the innovative housebuilder, HAB Housing, and five years at global conservation charity WWF. Here, he drove their work on the sustainable homes agenda and during this time he sat on the UK government's Zero Carbon Task Force and Wales’ Low and Zero Carbon Hub.