29 June 2018

NBS, the leading global provider of technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, has announced the appointment of Ruth Bickerton as Director of Commercial.

Ruth’s role takes responsibility for managing and growing NBS’ existing and prospect customer base. Building upon our values of excellence in customer engagement and experience, Ruth will lead the team to support customer needs both within the UK and overseas.

With a wealth of commercial experience in advertising and marketing technology, working in corporate and start-up businesses, Ruth joins NBS from Oracle, where she worked as Director of Strategic Alliances, Europe. In this role she was responsible for the development of partnerships with global media holding groups to drive the adoption of Oracle’s suite of marketing technology.

Ruth also worked at Microsoft as a Strategic Business Development Manager, where she managed the relationship with some of the largest spending clients at Microsoft Advertising.

Her experience in commercial roles has been invaluable in building long term, collaborative business relationships with partners to drive their support in successful business growth.


Ruth will ensure that as we grow we have a strong commercial emphasis that will see new business opportunities grow and existing relationships flourish

Helen Whitfield, Chief Operating Officer


Ruth said: “With my background I know what it takes to achieve global commercial success.  I believe NBS has the right products and business growth strategy to achieve its international aspirations and I know I can contribute to that success. I can’t wait to start working with the team.”

Helen Whitfield, Chief Operating Officer at NBS said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ruth into the business, bringing with her some exceptional skills and experiences to assist in driving the business forward. This is a really exciting time for NBS and Ruth will ensure that as we grow we have a strong commercial emphasis that will see new business opportunities grow and existing relationships flourish.”

NBS recently announced a £31.8m investment into the business from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

The investment will support the business, led by the current CEO Richard Waterhouse and existing management team, in delivering its future product development and international growth plans.




ABOUT NBS: NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Our origins lie in the National Building Specification and for over 40 years we have developed and produced NBS products which support the built environment. Our NBS specification products cover construction, engineering services and landscape design.

More recently we have developed an integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform that has been designed to support global design and construction. It currently has four major components:

  • NBS Bim Toolkit. BIM execution plan, roles and responsibilities.
  • NBS Create. BIM specification and knowledge platform.
  • NBS National BIM Library. BIM object library, generic and actual.
  • Construction Information Service (CIS). Standards and regulations.

CIS is delivered via a joint venture with IHS Markit. This relationship has successfully prospered for many years.

Our products are recognised as being individually effective in their own right, but via the linking of the data, classification and integration, the true power comes through these connections across the NBS BIM platform. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.

To find out more about NBS, visit www.theNBS.com