Back (L-R); Suzie Barnett, Stephen Choi, Mary Casey (Chair), Paolo Bevilacqua, Caroline Pidcock, Jim Murchison. Front (L-R): Brandon Daley (Project Officer), Bobby Ali-Khan, Clive Chandler, Kate Doyle, Tom Grosskopf, Kate Harris, Brian Coughlin.

A swathe of new board and panel appointments have been made at the Living Future Institute, UrbanGrowth NSW and the Forest and Wood Products Association.

The Living Future Institute

Five new board members have been appointed. They include:

  • Tom Grosskopf, director Metropolitan Branch at Office of Environment and Heritage NSW, which manages NABERS
  • Kate Harris, chief executive officer of CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia
  • Bobby Ali-Khan, national business development manager at dwp|suters and former director of Good Environmental Choice Australia for seven years, and Banksia Sustainability Awards judge
  • Suzie Barnett, a director of Good Marketing & PR, who helped establish the Green Building Council of Australia as well as the World Green Building Council over a period of 10 years
  • Kate Doyle, CEO of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia

Continuing directors are chair Mary Casey, a director of consulting firm McLachlan Lister and previously and previously with Bovis Lend LeaseStephen Choi, Brian Coughlin, Caroline Pidcock, Paolo Bevilacqua and Amanda Sturgeon. Clive Chandler and Jim Murchinson will continue as independent directors.

Ms Casey said “Our Brickworks Living Building Challenge Design Competition was a huge success this year and has given us the momentum to be bolder and braver than ever before. Next year we’re planning to introduce the Declare label into Australia as well as host our first symposium”.

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UrbanGrowth in new Design Directorate

UrbanGrowth NSW has established an advisory panel to act as the organisation’s “design champion” for major urban transformation projects.

Members of the Design Directorate are Ken Maher; Peter Poulet; Julie Bindon; Roderick Simpson; Catherine Bull; Tony Caro; and Ben Hewett.

The group meets at least monthly and reports directly to the chief Executive of UrbanGrowth NSW. Its co-chairs are Hassell executive chairman Ken Maher and the NSW Government Architect Peter Poulet.

“This is a body that advocates internally for design excellence and integrated design principles, while at the same time acting externally as a public advocate by articulating quality outcomes for our public domain and precinct visions,” UrbanGrowth chief executive David Pitchford said.

Forest and Wood Products Association

Global director of sustainability at Norman Disney & Young and president of the Energy Efficiency Council, Tony Arnel, has been elected to the board of the Forest and Wood Products Association.

FWPA is a service company for the timber industry.

The appointment comes at a time when the Australian wood products industry is positioning itself for growth following changes to the National Construction Code to allow for taller timber buildings as a deemed-to-satisfy solution from 1 May  this year, FWPA chairman John Simon said.

“The change to the code is an excellent example of how the company can make strategic investments in research, particularly in fire and acoustics, and then identify a pathway to adoption through the deemed-to-satisfy requirements,” Mr Simon said.

“Using its market resources and strong alliances with building professions, the company was able to ensure widespread support for the change.”