Robin Mellon

Two announcements on Friday are set to reshape the sustainable property industry.

Robin Mellon, chief operating officer for the Green Building Council of Australia, is moving on after a restructure of the organisation where he has been for more than eight years.

And David Parken, chief executive of the Australian Institute of Architects. has also said he will be leaving his role after a replacement is found.

GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew told staff in an email on Friday that after a strategic review, the organisation would be restructured without a COO position and that Mr Mellon had decided to move to new opportunities, leaving on 10 August.

“Robin is genuinely excited to be seeking out new career challenges,” Ms Madew said.

“Robin has achieved so much over his years at the GBCA, with some exceptional achievements delivered through a variety of roles.  Robin has made a massive contribution to the GBCA and to our industry in Australia, and leaves a lasting legacy.

“He has maintained our strong engagement with government and industry stakeholders by participating on working groups, judging awards, speaking at conferences and elevating our advocacy agenda.

“Globally, he has supported the development of GBCs around the world as well as contributed to the development of WorldGBC’s policy positions including the release of the WorldGBC first Health, Wellbeing & Productivity report. Through his early roles with Green Star and later as COO, he has talked to thousands of people across the public and private sectors, assessed hundreds of Green Star Innovation claims, represented GBCA and showcased our members’ work in every state and territory and many countries overseas, and supported the industry in driving the uptake of Green Star rating tools.”

David Parken
David Parken

The Australian Institute of Architects national president Jon Clements said Mr Parken had made a significant contribution to the architectural profession and the broader construction industry during his 10-year tenure.

He thanked Mr Parken and congratulated him on his significant achievements.

“Under David’s leadership the Institute has experienced significant and transformative change through expanding the various member services, programs and events as well as the establishment of the A+ membership offering which has seen member numbers grow from 9000 to approximately 12,000.

“David’s efforts in leading the development of national policy positions have been extensive and effective. David has represented the Institute on various external peak industry boards including the Australian Construction Industry Forum, Australian Services Roundtable, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Built Environment Meets Parliament,” Mr Clements said.

This involved collaboration with other industry bodies. Internationally he had represented the Institute as chair of the Canberra Accord 2011-13 and was vice president Oceania for the Commonwealth Association of Architects 2013-15.

“David was instrumental in the development of Memoranda of Understandings with Institutes of Architects in the USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and New Zealand.”

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