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:
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)
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)