Richard Waterhouse joins BBA board

Richard Waterhouse

Digital construction expert Richard Waterhouse has joined the British Board of Agrement (BBA) board as a non-executive director. The former National Building Specification (NBS) CEO aims to advance the organisation’s commitment to efficiency and customer service.

Richard’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for the BBA, as it shifts to being fully systems-led. Digitisation is key to this transformation and Richard’s background as an early adopter of computer assited design and construction information, as well as his experience leading NBS’ transition to a digitised organisation, will prove invaluable to the BBA’s CEO, Hardy Giesler, and his senior management team.

Hardy said: “Richard brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as an industry leader who truly understands the power of construction data in the design, supply and construction of the built environment. He is a fierce believer in using technology to solve client problems and forge partnerships across the industry.

“We believe Richard’s input will be fundamental in helping the BBA become a truly systems-led organisation, putting clients at the heart of everything we do. We wish him well in his appointment.”

Richard said: “I am delighted to be able to join BBA as it continues its transformation into a customer-focussed organisation, playing a pivotal role in construction product safety. Its digitalisation journey will reinforce its focus on safety and transparency. I look forward to supporting Hardy and his team on this journey.”

A chartered architect, Richard brings a broad range of skills to his BBA role. He led the successful management buyout of NBS in 2018, helping transform it into a leading provider of digital content and BIM tools recognised worldwide for the quality of its software and content as well as its innovative application of technology. In addition, he has chaired the B555 British Standards BIM committee, the CB5 construction standards strategy and cochaired the European Standards CEN/TC442 Working Group on BIM Strategy and Planning. He has also been Head of UK delegation for the International Standards Organisation TC59 SC13.