Industry stalwart joins GBCA’s growing team

An industry stalwart and passionate sustainability advocate, Michael Manikas has been appointed Head of Industry Development at the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

The former chief executive of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), Mr Manikas has more than two decades of experience working for a range of organisations across the property and construction industry.

The GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew describes the appointment as a “real win” for the industry.

“During his time as CEO at AIQS, Michael transformed the organisation into a forward-thinking and sustainable operation – establishing online training, developing the Certified Quantity Surveyor trademark, and building the on-demand AIQS Academy. Michael’s insight, experience and strong networks will be invaluable as we drive continuous improvements to our professional development program,” Ms Madew says.

Mr Manikas has held previous roles with Turner & Townsend, Australand, Built, Mirvac and was the long-time Associate Director at Davis Langdon.

“Michael was the driving force behind Davis Langdon's sustainability agenda for many years, and was the author of the influential 'Road to Green Property' handbook which outlined the costs and benefits of sustainable development,” Ms Madew says.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Michael contribute his expertise to our growing team,” Ms Madew adds.

“I am very excited to be part of the Green Building Council of Australia team, having had a long association with its growth and development over many years. As our industry continues to evolve, I am looking forward to the challenge of growing our offering of events and professional development opportunities,” Mr Manikas says.

Mr Manikas’ appointment follows two other high-profile recruits, Jonathan Cartledge and Nicole Sullivan. The three commenced with the GBCA on 19 September.