Last week, the Green Building Council of Australia announced the appointment of five new board directors to lead the green property and construction industry across the country.
The new members, who will be formally welcomed at the GBCA Board meeting this month, are DEXUS Property Group CEO and executive general manager of property services Tanya Cox, Brookfield Multiplex Australasia CEO John Flecker, Leighton Properties managing director Mark Gray, CSR Limited CEO and managing director Rob Sindel, and Stockland CEO and managing director Mark Steinert.
Cox is responsible for the tenant and client service delivery, sustainability practices, information technology solutions and company secretarial services across DEXUS Property Group. She has more than 25 years' experience in the finance industry, holding an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.
John Flecker is a civil engineer with several years of experience in civil and construction projects. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and vice president of the Australian Contractors Association.
Mark Gray has been working for the last 30 years in both the Australian and American property industry. He has been with Leighton Properties since 1987 and previously held senior positions in architecture firms in Sydney, Queensland and Princeton in the US. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Architecture), a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), and is a Chartered Architect. In addition, he has been national director and NSW president of the Property Council of Australia, where he chaired many of its committees.
Rob Sindel holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA. He was formerly managing director of Civil & Marine in the UK, a subsidiary of the global building materials company Hanson, which is now part of the Heidelberg Cement Group. He has also held positions at Hanson Aggregates (UK) and Pioneer Australia, where he worked for more than 13 years.
Mark Steinert has 25 years' experience in property and financial services, including eight years in direct property primarily with Jones Lang LaSalle and 10 years in listed real estate with UBS. Those years gave him a strong track record in leading large teams of professionals to drive profitability and employee engagement, particularly in his capacity as global head of research and later as global head of product development and management for Global Asset Management at UBS.
GBCA CEO Daniel Grollo said that by the end of the year, several experienced directors will be stepping down after many years of working in the industry. The organisation is expecting the new board members to bring additional depth and influence.
"The GBCA’s Board of Directors reflects the strength and diversity of Australia’s green building movement, and represents all facets of the industry, including construction companies and sub-contractors, professional services firms, building owners, product manufacturers and financial organisations,” Grollo said. "The Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of our organisation, and provides active support for a range of committees and taskforces.”
Grollo also thanked outgoing GBCA board member Andrew Borger for his years of service.
“Andrew has been a vocal and passionate advocate of green building in Queensland and nationally, and his exemplary leadership has helped us to transform the market,” he said. "We look forward to capitalising on the talents and experience of our new board members, who will amplify our message that green buildings and sustainable communities and cities can deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to all Australians."