Simon McWhirter

Deputy CEO, UK Green Building Council

Simon McWhirter leads UKGBC’s policy and political work, as well as overseeing the corporate communications with members, media and the wider industry. He also has oversight of UKGBC’s portfolio of place-based projects and devolved activity, including heading up UKGBC Scotland. Aligned to all this, Simon sits on a variety of fora including the UK government’s Energy Efficiency Task Force, the Green Construction Board’s Steering Group, the Scottish Government’s Green Heat Finance Task Force, and the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Future Homes Taskforce.

Over the last 25 years Simon has held a wide range of roles spanning across 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, where he drove their work on the sustainable homes agenda – during this time he sat on the UK government's 2016 Zero Carbon Task Force and Wales’ Low and Zero Carbon Hub.