27 July 2012 – Daniel Grollo will  be  new chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, after Tony Arnel steps down at the annual general meeting in November.

“At an extraordinary general meeting held on Monday in Sydney, the members of the GBCA unanimously approved nine governance changes which are consistent with best practice for boards in Australia,” the GBCA said on Friday morning.

“These include changes to length of board tenure and the election and rotation of directors.”

Mr Grollo is chief executive officer of Grocon, a former national president of the Property Council of Australia, a non-executive director on the BlueScope Steel board, and has been a board director of the GBCA since its inception.

GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said Mr Grollo had been “at the forefront of green building practices since the Council was established in 2002.”

Mr Arnel’s five year tenure as chair had seen membership has expanded and the number of Green Star-rated buildings grow exponentially, Ms Madew said. “Tony’s leadership of the World Green Building Council has cemented Australia’s reputation as an international green building leader.”

Mr Grollo said: “It is a great honour to take on the role of chairman from Tony Arnel, and I’d like to acknowledge Tony’s steady leadership over the last five years. The GBCA has now consolidated itself as one of the strongest GBCs in the world. I look forward to working with the GBCA’s experienced and inspiring team and my board colleagues to strengthen Australia’s world-leading green building industry.”

Other changes included Michael Barnes, chief executive officer of ISIS Group Australia, and Robert Coombs, president and chief executive officer of InterfaceFLOR Asia Pacific, stepping down from the board.