The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has announced changes to its Board of Directors.
Tanya Cox, Independent Director and GBCA board member since 2013, has been appointed Chair-Elect. Ms Cox will replace Grocon Executive Chairman, Daniel Grollo, who steps down from the board at the December 2014 Annual General Meeting.
“Tanya has vast experience in Australia’s property and investment sector, is an expert in governance and risk management, and is an inspiring strategic thinker who will help us to realise our ambitious strategic agenda,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.
“The GBCA is entering a new phase of growth, with an expanded range of rating tools and an emphasis on Green Star as the mark of quality for buildings and communities. Tanya’s expertise will support our efforts to embed Green Star into environment, social and governance reporting and into investment decision-making.
“I’d also like to applaud Daniel Grollo’s contribution over the last 12 years. As a founding board member of the GBCA and as our chair for two years, Daniel’s leadership has been instrumental in delivering the sustainable outcomes we now consider ‘business as usual’. Undoubtedly his personal passion for sustainability within the built environment has been a key enabler in much of what the GBCA has achieved to date,” Ms Madew adds.
Tarun Gupta, GBCA board member since 2013, will join Siobhan Toohill as a Deputy Chair. Mr Gupta currently oversees Lend Lease’s development and investment management businesses in Australia.
Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, Ken Morrison, was appointed to the GBCA board in August. Ken Morrison’s appointment will add further strength to a board that already boasts many of the industry’s leaders in sustainability.
"Sustainability has been one of Australia's fiercest political battlegrounds of recent years and the work of the GBCA has never been more relevant. In 2001 I was seconded in to help establish the GBCA, so this appointment completes a personal and professional circle for me,” Mr Morrison says.
“Ken is passionate about the future of our cities and has played a significant role in shaping planning and infrastructure policy to strengthen our industry for more than a decade. He is an active supporter of the green building movement, and his contribution will be a great asset to the GBCA’s Board of Directors. We can move into the next phase of the green building journey with confidence,” Ms Madew concludes.
Tanya Cox recently left DEXUS Property Group after 11 years as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining DEXUS, Ms Cox held various general management positions, including Director and Chief Operating Officer of NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Ltd and General Manager, Finance, Operations and IT for Bank of New Zealand (Australia). Ms Cox has more than 20 years’ experience as an executive director and over 10 years’ experience as a non-executive director on boards including Low Carbon Australia Limited; she has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and was a finalist in the 2005 NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards.
Tarun Gupta was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Property, Australia at Lend Lease in October 2012, and is responsible for the development and investment management businesses in Australia. Mr Gupta joined Lend Lease in 1994 and has held a number of senior executive positions within the company’s investment management business in Australia. Prior to his current role, Mr Gupta was Group Head of Investment Management and Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Officer for the investment management business in Australia.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Delhi and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Newcastle.
Siobhan Toohill is Head of Group Sustainability and Community at Westpac, and leads the organisation's sustainability strategy shaped around addressing pressing social issues including responding to demographic change, economic solutions to environmental challenges and helping customers achieve sustainable financial futures. She is also responsible for community partnerships, Indigenous engagement, the Westpac Foundation and the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. Ms Toohill was previously General Manager, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability for Stockland. Siobhan is also a trustee of Sydney Living Museums (formerly the Historic Houses Trust).
As the Chief Executive of the Property Council of Australia, Ken Morrison oversees an industry association that represents 1.3 million employees, accounts for 11.5 per cent of GDP, contributes $34 billion in specific real estate taxes. Mr Morrison is also a director of the Australian Construction Industry Forum and Shopping Centre Council of Australia, and sits on the executive committees of the Business Coalition for Tax Reform and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. Before taking up his current position in July 2014, Mr Morrison was the Chief Executive of the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF), the peak forum for the tourism, aviation and transport sectors. Prior to this, he held several executive positions at the Property Council of Australia, including Chief Operating Officer/National Policy Director and NSW Executive Director.