Executive Team

JohnDr John Hooper BSc. M.Sc. PhD C.Dir FIOD FCMI Hon FCABE
Chief Executive

John started his career as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. He gained a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and worked for United Glass as a Project Engineer. He became a Chartered Engineer and moved to Cadbury Schweppes working in Dominica as a Senior Project Engineer before joining Glaxo as Deputy Group Chief Engineer. During this period he completed an MSc in Chemical Engineering and a PhD thesis in 'Energy Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry'.

He decided to pursue his career in charities and not-for-profit organisations and has held CEO positions in a range of organisations including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), and the Institute of Clinical Research, setting up the Institute of Clinical Research Professionals in India.

John is currently Patron of Lifeskills Charity and a Trustee of the BRE Trust. He has had numerous voluntary roles including Member of the Sydney Olympics Task Force, Trustee, Keep Britain Tidy Campaign, Chartered Director Assessor, Examinations Board Institute of Directors, Trustee Thera Learning Disability Charity, Trustee and Examination Board, The Royal Society of Public Health, Non Executive Director and Diversity and Equality Committee, Science Council, Advisor Business in the Arts, Finance Committee, Construction Industry Council and Board of the Electrical Contractors Certification Council.

John returned to Engineering in 2011 when he joined ABE as Chief Executive and has led the Association to achieve Professional Affiliate of the Engineering Council, increased membership and granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty the Queen.

John is directly responsible for Finance within CABE

Gavin Dunn CABEDr Gavin Dunn BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FCABE, Chartered Building Engineer
Chief Executive Designate

Originally trained as an Architect, Gavin initially practised in North America with a large engineering consultancy before returning to the UK to specialise in the energy and environmental performance of buildings. He continued to advance this agenda through positions at the Welsh School of Architecture and Elmhurst Energy where he held the role of Group Operations Director responsible for providing specialised building energy software, training, Dr. Gavin Dunn, CEO certification and consultancy services to the UK property, house building and construction sectors. He then took up the role of Executive Director at BRE where he was responsible for the global operation and strategic development of organisation’s Building Performance business.

Gavin’s role will see him develop the position at CABE by raising the profile of the Association, with a view to increasing its influence with industry and Government in order to have an impact on policy and standards. He will also be responsible for promoting the unique role its members have in creating better buildings and safer and healthier communities to improve the environment and economy and further its international reach.

Gavin will maintain his positions on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) for the UK Government and the European board of GRESB, a Dutch company that assesses the ESG performance of real estate assets and investments worldwide. 

Kate IlottKate Ilott BA (Hons) DipM CMgr FCMI ACIM
Operations Director 

Kate is responsible for Marketing, National Conference and Events, Awards and profile raising events such as the Presidential Inauguration. In addition, Kate is broadly responsible for HQ operations including, room bookings, catering provision for onsite meetings and training courses, systems and day to day general office administration.  

Kate has many years experience in operational management, event management and marketing and supports other operational functions in role. With a background in marketing, Kate joined the Association in 2001 as Marketing Assistant, progressed to Marketing and Events Manager, and, in 2008 was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive (Operations). More recently Kate took on the role of Operations Director.

Kate is committed to raising the profile of the CABE, to growing the organisation and to enhancing the service CABE delivers to its members. 

Kate has a degree in European Marketing, which is supported by a post graduate Diploma in Marketing.  In addition, Kate is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Kate is supported by the Operations Team at HQ.  

Tony Ginda


Tony Ginda BA (Hons) FCMI
Membership Development Director

Tony has over 18 years working within the private and not for profit sectors and is a graduate in marketing. He joined CABE in 2016 and has experience of acquisition, retention and engagement strategies within membership organisations. To assist with shaping the future of the built environment Tony also sits on the Construction Industry Council Membership Panel and the Diversity Panel. He also encourages representation though members on the 2050 panel that engages with young people.

As a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute he has a wealth of management experience and leads the Membership Team based at HQ. He has direct responsibility for all areas within membership.  

Tony is supported by the Membership Team at HQ

Sarah Sivyer


Sarah Sivyer, MCMI
Regional Development Director

A member of the Chartered Management Institute, with a background in administration and project management, Sarah joined the Association following several successful years of running her own business, as the liaison between the then newly established UK regions and headquarters.  Following her achievements and progression within the CABE since joining in 2010, Sarah was appointed as Regional Development Director on the 1st January 2017.

The role looks to continue the development of support offered to CABE’s regional committees and in particular regional officers in order to ensure that service provision to members is maintained and enhanced via our excellent network of volunteers.  This is a model is now being replicated in our International Chapters as we look to further engage with our members overseas. 

Sarah’s key responsibilities are:

  • Development of the UK Regions and International Chapters including: Regular CPD Provision, regional committee meetings & AGM’s, design & delivery of the regional officer training & induction days, establishing new centres of excellence, networking, membership engagement & retention
  • Management of Regional & Chapter Conferences and large events such as buildeng/designeng
  • Development of the Academic Affiliate scheme and the University Accreditation Programme
  • Development of the Student Awards Programme, linking these to the regional network
  • Development of the Training Affiliate scheme and the CPD Accreditation Programme
  • Management of the annual CABE Subscription Renewal Programme
  • Collaborative working with a number organisations in respect of memorandums of understanding, jointly run events & conferences and developing our local relationships between them, HQ and our regions.

Sarah is supported by the Regional Development Team at HQ.