GBCA appoints CEO

GBCA appoints Stockland general manager of sustainability and corporate procurement.

Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has appointed Davina Rooney as CEO, effective 11 June 2019.

Rooney takes over from long-serving CEO Romilly Madew, who stepped down in January this year after 13 years in the role.

GBCA head of public affairs and membership Jonathan Cartledge, will take up the role of acting CEO until Davina’s commencement.

Rooney was previously general manager of sustainability and corporate procurement at Stockland, one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups.

She led Stockland to be a global leader on sustainability in property, achieving a raft of international accolades from leading organisations DJSI, GRESB and CDP. She has also steered industry-leading initiatives at Stockland, including the largest rollout of solar panels in the property industry and the most Green Star Design & As Built rated shopping centres in the country.

Rooney worked over 10 years across Stockland’s diverse business to develop and implement strategies for sustainable and efficient buildings and communities. Her responsibilities took her from the construction site to the policy table, giving her an insight across the lifecycle of major development projects.

Rooney has been recognised in her field with awards including the NAWIC NSW 2016 Sustainability Award, PCA 2014 Future Leaders Award and Sydney University Engineering Young Alumni Award and has also served on the Green Star Steering Committee for the last three years, the Green Star Advisory Committee over the last 12 months and the Property Council’s National Sustainability Roundtable as chair for the past two years.

“She is the perfect candidate to take forward the GBCA’s impressive legacy in a collaborative way at what is in an exceptionally exciting time as we move towards the implementation of key projects including the next generation of Green Star and our Carbon Positive Roadmap,” the company said in a statement.

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