GBCA welcomes five new Board Directors

30 Nov 2022

The Green Building Council of Australia this week welcomed the appointment of five building industry leaders to its Board, as it embarks on a renewed strategic direction. 

The new Board Directors are: 

  • Anthony Boyd, CEO of Frasers Property Australia 
  • Julie Coates, CEO and Managing Director of CSR Limited 
  • Selina Short, Built Environment & Resources Managing Partner
  • Courtenay Smith, CFO of Mirvac  
  • Guy Templeton, CEO of WSP Asia Pacific.  

They replace outgoing Board members Tanya Cox, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, Wayne Manners, Josh McHutchison and Ken Morrison. 

GBCA CEO, Davina Rooney congratulated the new Directors, highlighting their breadth of experience in strategy and executive leadership across the property development, residential and supply chain sectors. 

“Each of the new Board Directors has shown a strong commitment to improving sustainability across different aspects of the built environment, and will bring unique skills to the Board,” Ms Rooney said. 

“I look forward to working closely with them as we sharpen our focus on the transition to fully electric buildings, address the issues of upfront carbon and construction waste, ensure healthier homes become the standard, and continue our evolution of Green Star.” 

Speaking of his appointment to the GBCA Board, Anthony Boyd said, “The biggest challenge ahead for the built environment is scalable change. This will ideally be driven through access to affordable technologies, products and construction methodologies which are crucial for raising the standards of future sustainable buildings.” 

Julie Coates also spoke of the challenges ahead, chief of which is, “How we work together to make a step-change reduction in the environmental impact of the entire construction project lifecycle, including the embodied carbon in materials, while still meeting the performance requirements for the life of the building.” 

Ms Rooney praised the exceptional contributions of the outgoing Directors.  “Each of these individuals have shown great energy and commitment during their terms, leaving the Board in a very strong position.” 

“We are a stronger, more sustainable industry for their efforts and we thank them for their service,” Ms Rooney said. 

“Both Tanya Cox and Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz served on the Board for 9 years and have had an incredible impact on the work of the GBCA during that time.” 

“Prior to joining the Board, Ken Morrison played an instrumental role in establishing GBCA 20 years ago – his long-term commitment to GBCA has been invaluable.” 

“Wayne Manners’ insights into the products and materials sector has heavily influenced the way we deliver our circular economy and materials strategy,” Ms Rooney said. 

“Josh McHutchison has been an enormous contributor, particularly through his role with GBCA’s Audit and Risk Committee was helped to steer our organisation through the pandemic. 

“All of the departing Directors have helped guide us through a period of growth and progress, as we introduced Green Star Homes and Green Star Buildings to the market, and worked with governments and industry to lift the standard of buildings,” Ms Rooney said. 

Find out more about the GBCA board here