Dr Paul Toyne

Dr Paul Toyne


Dr Paul Toyne is an expert in the sustainable built environment. He currently advises businesses across the whole value chain that are placing sustainability at the centre of their commercial purpose, helping them to create triple bottom line benefits in profit, environment and social outcomes.

One of the industry’s leading sustainability thought leaders, Paul has a diverse background having worked as an environmental campaigner, conservationist and sustainable built environment specialist. Paul has held senior posts as Group Sustainability Director for the infrastructure company Balfour Beatty, Group Sustainability Director for the design and engineering consultancy WSP Global and Head of Sustainability for Bovis Lend Lease. He has also worked in consultancy advising governments and blue-chip companies, and in the environmental NGO sector with WWF-UK.

Paul is a member of the Infrastructure Working Group of the UK government’s Green Construction Board, chair of Constructing Excellence’s sustainability forum and is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner for London, appointed by the Mayor of London.  Paul participates on a number of advisory boards, including the British Standard Institute’s environment and sustainability advisory board and Heathrow Sustainability Leadership Panel, and is a BRE ambassador.

Areas of expertise include smart cities, circular economy, carbon and energy, and designing community investment programmes that evidence delivering the social value and balanced scorecard. Paul has developed procurement strategies for improving supply chain performance in environment and sustainability, advised on bidding strategies to win large infrastructure work (for example HS2) and developed management and reporting systems.

Paul is an accomplished academic with a doctorate in ecology from Imperial College, London. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal papers and has discovered new species to science, including a butterfly in his name. Paul regularly addresses Government and business audiences across the world.

Session: Will innovations for a sustainable built environment change FM?

The future is one of opportunity for facilities management and it can make a real, positive contribution to delivering a sustainable built environment.

During his session, Paul will describe some of the sustainability drivers that will change FM, with a focus on the innovations, such as health and wellbeing, virtual reality and blue-green infrastructures, that are coming through.

He will conclude by emphasising the opportunity for facilities management to play an important role in technology-enabled sustainable built environment.

“A technology-enabled sustainable built environment is inevitable as we get smarter in controlling both indoor and outdoor environments for the benefit of users. Facilities managers will need to embrace these innovations and support their successful implementation.” – Dr Paul Toyne