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Barry GilbertsonProfessor Barry Gilbertson

Appointed by Council

Barry Gilbertson holds Visiting Professorship appointments at University of Northumbria and at the Royal Agricultural University.

In 1996, Barry became the first Chartered Surveyor ever to be a Partner in a global firm of accountants (then Coopers & Lybrand, now Pricewaterhouse Coopers, PWC). A partner until 2011, specialising in business recovery and corporate finance, Barry was a member of Pwc's Global Real Estate Board from 1997 to 2001. Barry has led, worked on projects or spoken at conferences in 34 countries, spoken at 8 global events and been a Visiting Lecturer at 21 universities around the world.

Barry currently serves on the Board of one publicly-quoted company as the Senior Independent (non-executive) Director until June 2017, Barry ran (for six years) his eponymous consultancy with a focus on business strategy and risk.

Among Barry's other career achievements: 123rd President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2004/2005 (inaugurating The President's Commissions on Disaster Management and, separately, on Sustainability); United Nations Real Estate Advisory Group (5 years); Bank of England's Property Forum (10 years); Trustee at College of Estate Management (8 years); Trustee of the Bath Preservation Trust (and Chairman of the Historic Vaults Group) (2 years).

In July 2017, he took up a three year tenure as the (pro bono) Chairman of the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Barry is Chair of the University Remuneration Committee. During the period June 2011 to March 2018, he served on the remuneration committee, or equivalent, for three separate public company boards : Granite REIT (Chairman of Committee for two years, member for five years overall); Rona Incorporated (member for the two years served on the Board); Conwert Immobilien Invest (a one year turnaround role as Chairman of the Board). In March 2018, he was appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Custodian REIT plc. During the period 2014-2018, he has led the annual review of Director performance in the capacity as Chairman of the Management Engagement Committee. As a partner for 15 years in PricewaterhouseCoopers, he led a team of 30 people throughout. Each year, the performance and salary review  remuneration work was undertaken both for the team, and as a high level comparison for the wider practice area of some 900 staff, and he is familiar with appropriate methodologies, such as the setting and review of objectives, of performance review (with associated bonus structures) and of setting remuneration levels for senior staff. 

Barry's interests include Georgian architecture, digital photography, Fulham FC and Bath Rugby. Barry lives with his wife, Von, in a Grade I Listed Georgian townhouse built in 1755, in the centre of Bath.