Robin Mellon

Ex-Green Building Council of Australia chief operating officer Robin Mellon has been appointed chief executive of Australia’s Supply Chain Sustainability School.

The supply chain school was launched in March last year to improve sustainability along the entire supply chain of the construction industry.

Mr Mellon enters the role with the goal of increasing supplier engagement on sustainability.

According to school co-chair and founding partner John Holland’s sustainability manager Renuka Sabaratnam, Mr Mellon’s appointing represents the next step in the school’s growth.

“Robin’s collaborative style and extensive networks will enhance our ability to work with both the public and private sectors to raise understanding of sustainability,” Ms Sabaratnam said.

Rod Petre, school co-chair and founding partner Mirvac’s procurement manager construction, said Mr Mellon’s reputation, knowledge and experience in educating the sector made him the idea candidate.

“Working with someone of Robin’s calibre will help us deepen the understanding of sustainability and create a ‘multiplier effect’,” Me Petre said.

“As smaller companies increase their understanding of sustainability, project teams will benefit and be able to deliver better outcomes.”

Mr Mellon had been with the GBCA for eight-and-a-half years before a restructure saw him move on.

“Sustainability offers great opportunities for us all – but we need to understand our supply chains better and realise we can’t address these issues alone,” Mr Mellon said.

“Bringing the best resources and tools together in one place to build everyone’s skills and knowledge from the fundamentals upwards is the fastest way for us to create the buildings, communities and infrastructure we need for a sustainable Australia.”