Tim Pollard is the Principal of Pollard and Pollard, a consultancy service working in the fields of sustainability, energy and resource efficiency in the built environment. Pollard and Pollard work closely with clients across the UK and Europe on issues related to product and market development, government liaison and promotion,

Tim was latterly Head of Sustainability for Wolseley UK (a major distributor of plumbing and heating products) and was not only responsible for delivering the Sustainable Building Center at Leamington Spa but he also helped in defining their renewables, energy and water efficient products offer and their commercial implementation. 

Tim’s breadth of knowledge stretches across a wide range of products and technologies together with the implications and requirements of a sustainable supply chain. In 2008 Tim was included in the ‘Building’ Magazine Top 40 list of ‘Green Gurus’; sustainability figures considered leaders in their field and was named as one the West Midlands Top 50 Green Leaders. Tim sat on the DECC RHI Industry Advisory Group, the HHIC Low Carbon Group, the NEF Advisory Council and was chairman of the Water Using Products Group.

His 20-year career in merchanting included experience in all sectors of the construction market. Prior to Wolseley, Tim’s career included a spell with the German chemical giant, Hoechst and a 3 year period working in Sweden. 

Tim believes passionately in the provision of sustainable building solutions which are practical, effective and economic. He speaks at industry conferences throughout the UK and regularly writes columns and features in the trade press.

He also describes himself as a Newcastle United supporter for 50 years, through thin and thin.



David Henig is one of the leading authorities on the trade implications of Brexit and the likely future economic path of the UK. He joined the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) as Director of the UK Trade Policy Project in April 2018, having previously worked for the UK Government, helping establish the Department for International Trade in 2016, and before that joining with EU and US colleagues on their TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) negotiations from 2013.

He has also worked on a number of other trade related areas including inward investment, regulations, and the role of multinational bodies such as the OECD. A graduate of Oxford University David started his career working for a number of consultancy companies before joining Government.



At Insider Trends, Cate has helped brands such as Chanel, Galeries Lafayette, Marks & Spencer, Swarovski, Fujitsu, Metro Group, Samsung, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Puig, Nike, Lego, Johnson & Johnson, Levi’s and EE innovate and create world-leading retail ecosystems.

Cate frequently works with senior team members – including Unilever’s CEO, the General Manager of L’Oreal France, Mega Image’s CEO, House of Fraser’s CEO, Clarks’ Managing Director, Tom Tailor’s CEO, Carrefour’s Chief Operations Officer and the board of Hugo Boss.

She is a very experienced speaker, regularly making keynote presentations to audiences of up to 800 people. In the past 12 months, she has given presentations in 11 European countries, as well as Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico City and New York.

Cate’s experience of setting up two successful businesses in her twenties led to her being named a Future 100 and Startup 100 entrepreneur. She’s been quoted 4 times in Forbes magazine and is a Retail Wire Brain Trust expert. LinkedIn named her one of the top 15 most listened to professionals in the UK. Vend ranked her as the world’s 26th most influential professional in retail.



Ellis Watson is Executive Chairman and former CEO of DC Thomson, the Scottish media group. In a varied executive career he has turned-around, rebranded, overhauled, reinvigorated and expanded businesses from entertainment to transport.

Starting out in newspapers Ellis’s first break came as Marketing Director at The Sun, later reporting directly to Rupert Murdoch. He then became CEO of Celador International, taking Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to over 100 countries. He was lured back to Fleet Street as MD of Mirror Group Newspapers, giving him his first leadership role in a PLC.

Ellis then led distribution and logistics business John Menzies before joining the board of FirstGroup to turn-around the fortunes of iconic transport behemoths like Greyhound across the Americas. This latter role saw him radically challenge a culture of low morale, poor service and bad public perception across a vast, overstretched network.

As global CEO of Simon Cowell’s Syco Corporation, Ellis took an array of record labels and programme formats, including the X Factor and Got Talent formats, to international success. Whilst at DC Thomson, he has helped steer a traditional, family run firm into a resilient, future-proofed organisation by transforming the group’s business models, brands and commercial direction, including expanding into the digital and data domains. His work has seen him appointed by the First Minister of Scotland as a Global Scot, and by the Treasury to the government task force on Scotland.

Ellis challenges, motivates and advises with an original insight, enthusiasm and humour that is rare amongst senior business figures. Whether it’s the wrecking-ball nature of the digital revolution or shifts in the economic environment, he argues that external shocks and disruption can be a springboard for positive change. He shows how to inspire passion when under pressure, and how to progress from mission statements to true company culture, embracing quality, integrity and diversity.

With fascinating views on leading through disruption, improving processes, and dealing with the complexities of governance and talent management, Ellis is known as one of the most inspiring, intelligent and entertaining keynote speakers in the country.



Philip is a Principal Associate in the Regulatory Team of our Litigation and Dispute Management Group. He specialises in corporate criminal defence work, regulatory advice and non-contentious compliance work. He has experience in Health and Safety (in particular, work related fatalities and serious injuries), Environmental, Deaths in Custody, Care Homes and Healthcare, Product Liability, Operator Licensing, Maritime and Road Traffic.

He has been involved in the accident investigation process and has assisted with the management of post-incident actions following workplace fatalities on numerous occasions. He has also experienced the prosecution process, including dealings with the HSE, Environment Agency and Police. He has attended the Crown Court and the Employment Tribunal with Counsel. He has also appeared himself in front of Magistrates' Courts, Coroner's Courts and Traffic Commissioner Inquiries on a number of occasions.

In addition to corporate defence work, Philip has significant experience in non-contentious and compliance work, including reviewing health and safety management systems, advising on product conformance issues and licensing requirements.

Philip has delivered presentations to a variety of audiences, on numerous topics, including good safety leadership, health and safety offences and accident investigations. These sessions have included in-house training for clients, public training on behalf of Eversheds and speaking at wider events such as IOSH meetings, the British Ceramic Confederation conference and the SHP Expo at the NEC.



David Harrop : Managing Director

A graduate in German & Business Studies from the University of Hull, David joined BRG in 2000, and by 2005 was heading up its global research team. During his time with the company, David has managed numerous international market research and consultancy projects and also played a key role in the development of the BRG Enterprise online database platform.  David was appointed Managing Director of the business in 2013 and has excellent contacts to senior executives in the building products industry.  Today, David remains focussed on ensuring high levels of client relations and the ongoing development of BRG’s global business.

Dan Thirkell : Director

Dan is responsible for custom research, consulting and new product development at BRG. Dan has extensive knowledge of the building product industry and has overseen and conducted numerous market opportunity and consultancy studies in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia.  Dan has 15+ years’ experience in conducting market research, and is focussed on providing clients with actionable market intelligence to inform and facilitate their decision making. 




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