About Me

I have vision and leadership skills that helped kick-start and guide the green building movement in Australia, and then to drive a corporation’s sustainability initiatives and strategy across diverse global teams and businesses. 

I am used to working at the highest levels, building and developing teams, and successfully engaging with stakeholders. I have extensive experience of governance, strategy, organisational and market transformation, and business development, in corporate, not-for-profit, professional and industry organisations.  I have contributed to and reviewed strategies for businesses in Asia Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and the United States. I have presented at numerous conferences worldwide. 

As a strategic thinker I tackle complex issues and then present them in a clear and engaging way. I have proven ability to drive productive discussion and achieve consensus within diverse groups. I believe in joining forces to achieve better outcomes. I build and share networks and connections easily. My achievements of which I am most proud are in envisioning and mobilising change - being able to articulate what needs to be done, how to do it and attract funding to get it done.   

I have received Australian and international recognition for my expertise and achievements in sustainability leadership and corporate social responsibility, particularly in the real estate and construction industry.

In 2006, I was honoured to receive a United States Green Building Council Leadership Award recognising outstanding leadership and commitment to green building and broader sustainability agendas on a global scale.  In 2012, I was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for "service to the construction and real estate sector, particularly as a leader and contributor to environmentally sustainable building development in Australia".

Key roles have included:

  • Global Head of Sustainability and Executive, Lend Lease Pty Limited - An Australian public company with global operations (market capitalisation of A$4.8 billion and circa A$15.0 billion funds under management 30 June 2013);

  • Founding CEO, Green Building Council of Australia - The global green building movement, which is not-for-profit, started with a handful of employees in 6 countries and now represents more than 90 countries and a market that is projected to be worth more than $170 billion by 2015.

  • Eastern City District Commissioner, NSW Government Greater Sydney Commission - Co-creating strategic plans for Sydney to be more productive, sustainable and liveable.

I am an environmental scientist by training.

My current portfolio of not-for-profit and advisory board roles include: 

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORSHIPS

  • Director, Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction (Switzerland)

  • Director, The Ethics Centre Board and Foundation (Australia)

  • Director, The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (Australia)

  • Director, United States Studies Centre (Australia)

ADVISORY APPOINTMENTS

  • UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative Property Working Group Advisory Council (Global)

  • Green Building Council Appeals Panel (USA)

  • New South Wales State Government Climate Change Council (Australia)

  • University of Technology Business School Advisory Board (Australia)


I am seeking to add to my portfolio with remunerated Director and Advisory Board roles.

Previous Advisory Roles include:

  • Member, Australian Climate Change & Climate Flagship Stakeholder Advisory Group (2009 – 2014)

  • Chair, UN Environment Programme Sustainable Buildings & Climate Initiative (2010- 2011)

  • International Director, US Green Building Council (2010-2011)

  • Member, Singapore Building & Construction Authority's International Panel of Experts (2007 – 2009) Member (Industry), Australian Building Codes Board (2006 – 2010)

  • Director, Banksia Environmental Foundation (2005 – 2009)

  • Co-Chair, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Construction (2008 – 2009)

  • Director, Green Building Council of Australia (2002 – 2009)

  • Member, Sustainability Action Committee, Facility Management Association of Australia (2005 – 2006) Member, Australian Environmental Labelling Association - Ecolabel Council (2005 – 2006)

  • Member, Property Council Division Council and Chair Sustainability Committee (1999 – 2002)

  • Member, New South Wales Deputy Premier’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (1999 – 2002)