Sustainability expert and engineer, Davina Rooney, will commence work as the new CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in June, 2019.
Rooney is the former general manager of sustainability and corporate procurement at one of Australia’s largest diversified property groups, Stockland.
Announcing the appointment, GBCA chair, Rod Fehring, said Rooney's inspirational leadership capacity together with her deep technical knowledge would enhance the organisation’s industry perspective as it furthered its goals to make communities more productive, liveable and healthy.
“Davina has led Stockland to be a global leader on sustainability in property, achieving a raft of international accolades from leading organisations DJSI, GRESB and CDP. Davina has also steered industry-leading initiatives at Stockland, including the largest rollout of solar panels in the property industry and the most Green Star Design & As Built rated shopping centres in the country,” Fehring said.
“Her responsibilities took her from the construction site to the policy table, giving Davina an outstanding insight across the lifecycle of major development projects.”
Commenting on her appointment, Rooney said she is passionate about developing happier, healthier and more sustainable outcomes, while working collaboratively across the industry.
“The GBCA, and outgoing CEO Romilly Madew AO, have had a transformational impact on the Australian market and this is something I look forward to building on in the years ahead,” she said.
Rooney is a civil engineer and supports the Women in STEM initiative and recently completed her two-year term as the Chair of the Property Council’s National Sustainability Roundtable.