Tanya Cox

Tanya Cox, former chief operating officer at DEXUS, will be the new chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, with current chair Daniel Grollo of Grocon stepping down in December.

“Tanya has vast experience in Australia’s property and investment sector, is an expert in governance and risk management, and is an inspiring strategic thinker who will help us to realise our ambitious strategic agenda,” GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said.

“The GBCA is entering a new phase of growth, with an expanded range of rating tools and an emphasis on Green Star as the mark of quality for buildings and communities. Tanya’s expertise will support our efforts to embed Green Star into environment, social and governance reporting and into investment decision-making.”

Ms Madew thanked Mr Grollo’s his 12-year contribution to the GBCA.

“As a founding board member of the GBCA and as our chair for two years, Daniel’s leadership has been instrumental in delivering the sustainable outcomes we now consider ‘business as usual’. Undoubtedly his personal passion for sustainability within the built environment has been a key enabler in much of what the GBCA has achieved to date,” she said.

Chief executive of property, Australia at Lend Lease Tarun Gupta will join Westpac head of group sustainability and community Siobhan Toohill as deputy chair.

Chief executive of the Property Council of Australia Ken Morrison is a new face on the GBCA board, having been appointed in August.

“Sustainability has been one of Australia’s fiercest political battlegrounds of recent years and the work of the GBCA has never been more relevant,” Mr Morrison said. “In 2001 I was seconded in to help establish the GBCA, so this appointment completes a personal and professional circle for me.”