Tony Arnel

1 March 2012 ­ – Green Building Council of Australia chair and former Victorian Building and Plumbing Commissioner has joined Norman Disney & Young as global director of sustainability.

Mr Arnel is also a former chair of the World Green Building Council and is a board member of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund.

NDY chief executive officer Ian Hopkins said Mr Arnel would bring important sustainability credentials to the group.

Over the past decade Mr Arnel had been a leader of the national and international sustainability debate, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, advocating sustainable building as a means of reducing greenhouse emissions without impacting economic growth, Mr Hopkins  said.

Mr Arnel said he had long admired NDY’s reputation for its engineering skills and for its commitment to sustainable solutions.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of the excitement around NDY’s growing global sustainability capabilities,” he said.

Mr Arnel is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. He is a past Chairman and Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Australia’s largest arts festival. In 2009 he received the Australian Financial Review’s True Leadership Award and in March 2010 he received the inaugural Leadership in Sustainability Award from the Australian Institute of Architects.

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