Train with the best to become the best. Our tutors are recognised as leaders in their field, offering a world-class learning experience. They are trained to understand and meet your different learning needs, and they have years of industry experience. What’s more, they train the client managers who assess your organisation to keep your learning in line with your company’s certification.

Turn their experience into your expertise!

BRE Academy Team Profiles:


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Mike Tofton

Position: BIM Consultant & Trainer
Categories: BIM Team

Mike has extensive knowledge of BIM and digital design technologies, accompanying international Information Management standards implementation experience, plus a passion for computational design and innovation within the AEC sector. 

Previously, a specialist BIM consultant initiating new processes at a strategic level and delivering accompanying documentation, certification, training, live project support, modelling methodologies, standards compliance advise, and information management function tasks with some of the UK’s leading architectural practices and contractors in a wide range of software, and to BIM according to ISO 19650 standards. 

Currently a BIM Specialist Trainer at the BRE Academy, authoring and delivering Information Management and BIM training internationally, along with bespoke courses and ISO 19650 Certification (Individual & Business 

Mike is included on the aecHive list of 300 AEC innovators you should follow on Twitter, alongside some of the leading names in the BIM. 

Industry leading knowledge of digital design software, emerging technologies, and innovative workflows. 

Proven implementation of PAS1192 and ISO 19650 standards, processes, and certification, alongside authoring of accompanying bespoke documentation 

Digital design and project management experience on large scale, complex BIM projects. 

Formulation and delivery of bespoke training courses, and delivery to a wide range of industry sectors and within multiple Universities.  

Experience working with all parties during the full extent of a project or assets lifecycle meaning that training can be tailored to your needs. Whether you are a building owner (Appointing Party) creating information requirements and procuring information, a Lead Designer or Contractor (lead Appointed Party ) planning information, or a Task Team /(Appointed party) producing information. 

At BRE we engage with the BIM industry and are involved within frameworks ensuring we are participating and aware of future developments within BIM and information management standards or mandates. 

Mike Tofton

BIM Consultant & Trainer

Mike has extensive knowledge of BIM and digital design technologies,...

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Lee Chaston

Position: Technical Trainer (Senior)
Categories: BREEAM Team

A qualified gas service engineer and electrician since 1984, Lee joined BRE as a Technical Trainer in January 2010. Lee has been responsible for a wide range of training programmes specialising in the delivery and development of course material.

BREEAM is a third-party certification assessment of an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, using standards developed by BRE. The various training programmes are based on classroom or virtual teaching and eLearning self-study courses via BRE Academy’s Moodle website. In addition, Lee developed and delivered training programmes for internal members of staff at BRE such as Commercial Essentials, Managing People, Project Management, Customer Care and ISO27001 and has been a lead trainer for BRE Group Health & Safety department delivering courses on topics such as Behavioural Safety Orientation, Fire Safety and Risk Assessments.

As a qualified assessor, Lee delivers classroom and virtual events in the United Kingdom and globally for the following schemes: BREEAM Communities (master-planning), BREEAM AP – Design, BREEAM AP – Site (Site Sustainable Manager), BREEAM UK New Construction, BREEAM International New Construction, BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment, BREEAM In-Use and Home Quality Mark (HQM). In addition, Lee is also qualified for BREEAM International Refurbishment & Fit-Out, the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) and CEEQUAL (civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and works in public spaces) schemes.

As a trainer for BREEAM, Lee extensively knows of the third-party certification process that it relates to. Owing to the differences between BREEAM schemes, Lee understands the individual scheme scopes, the scoring and rating system, their categories and issues and the evidential requirements linked to assessment of the project. This is then taught to new and existing assessors and new advisory professionals with the aim to prepare them for the schemes examinations that they are studying. Once they successful pass the examinations, by becoming qualified, they can then apply for their BREEAM license from where they can access actual projects.

Professional Experience
As a former project manager, Lee was responsible for coordinating and supervising all aspects of refurbishment projects including structural alterations. This involved working closely with clients, designers, and architects as well as the various trades associated within the built environment. Lee was extensively involved in the project’s supplier procurement as well as the logistics of resources and waste (people, machinery, equipment, quantity, and spaces). Lee scheduled timeframes, identified availability in the planning process and the potential constraints (schedule, cost, and scope) as well as defining the roles and responsibilities of each member working on the project.

Lee was also responsible for the education and qualifications of engineers and apprentices as a part of their on-going training programme as well as being his former company’s health and safety representative.

Since joining BRE, Lee has become qualified for the various BREEAM schemes mentioned above by passing the relevant examinations which has enabled him the deliver training course programmes with confidence.

Lee Chaston

Technical Trainer (Senior)

A qualified gas service engineer and electrician since 1984, Lee...

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Michael Jaggs

Position: Principal Trainer

Mike is a construction engineer with over 30 years of experience. He has a first class honours degree in construction engineering and a MSc in architecture from UCL. He is also a qualified teacher, assessor and internal quality verifier for vocational qualifications.

Mike has expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Airtightness
  • Infrared thermography
  • Part L compliance
  • Energy efficiency

He has worked closely with qualification awarding bodies to contribute to writing new qualifications and assessments in energy assessment and fire safety.

Mike also regularly delivers lectures to university students.

Michael Jaggs

Principal Trainer

Mike is a construction engineer with over 30 years of...

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Gavin Fielding

Position: Technical Trainer – Fire
Categories: Fire & Safety Team

Experienced Health and Safety professional, knowledgeable in Health and Safety and Fire Safety. Skilled in planning, evaluating and delivering conflict resolution training, health and safety and fire safety training to all staff. Proactive and personable, who consistently achieves the highest levels of professionalism. Works well under pressure and retains a calm, confident and decisive approach. An individual with outstanding communication skills at all levels which are effectively employed particularly in high-pressure situations.

Gavin Fielding

Technical Trainer – Fire

Experienced Health and Safety professional, knowledgeable in Health and Safety...