Anna Skarbek

The Green Building Council of Australia has appointed five new directors to its board, which it says will help to action a new strategic plan.

GBCA chair Tanya Cox said the new plan, which has not yet been made publicly available, aimed to drive a carbon positive industry, foster liveable, sustainable communities and cities, broaden market transformation and increase regional leadership.

“We resisted appointing new board members until we settled our new strategic plan,” she said. ”Our new board appointments bring experience in specific sectors, adding depth to an already strong line-up of industry leaders.”

One notable appointment in ClimateWorks Australia’s Anna Skarbek, the only non-property addition to the board.

ClimateWorks recently delivered with ASBEC the Low Carbon, High Performance report, which detailed the benefits of improving building standards while also noting the poor performance of the industry to date in terms of overall improvements.

Other appointments include Frasers Property Australia chief executive Rod Fehring; Vicinity Centres chief investment officer and acting executive general manager development Michael O’Brien; Property Australia chief executive Kylie Rampa; and Stockland group executive and chief executive residential Andrew Whitson.

“As we expand our influence beyond the commercial office sector, we have specifically sought directors who bring with them decades of experience in our new target markets,” Ms Cox said.

“These board members bring deep knowledge of the residential, retail, infrastructure and financial sectors – as well as the passion to drive transformational change.

“The evolution of the board reflects the changing nature of our industry, and the fresh thinking around the board table will help us accelerate our efforts and expand our influence.”

Ms Cox also thanked the outgoing board members – Stockland chief executive and managing director Mark Steinert, Lendlease group chief financial officer Tarun Gupta, and Westpac group head of group sustainability and community Siobhan Toohill.

“These three board members have been at the helm during a time of great growth for both the GBCA and for the industry, and they have made outstanding contributions to sustainability in the built environment,” Ms Cox said.

“They leave an exceptional legacy for the industry, and for Australia.”