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Davina Rooney named GBCA chief executive

Davina Rooney will join the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) as the organisation’s new chief executive officer. Rooney replaces Romilly Madew.

Boasting a civil engineering background, Rooney was most recently in a senior sustainability position at property group Stockland.

“Davina is a well-known and highly respected leader in our sector, and we are delighted to be appointing her as the GBCA’s next chief executive officer,” says GBCA chair Rod Fehring. “She worked for over 10 years across Stockland’s diverse business to develop and implement strategies for sustainable and efficient buildings and communities.

“She is the perfect candidate to take forward the GBCA’s impressive legacy in a collaborative way at what is in an exceptionally exciting time.”

Rooney plans to focus on low-energy buildings and communities.

“Property provides an unparalleled opportunity to build ongoing sustainable communities that positively impact people, communities and the world environment,” she says. “I am passionate about developing happier, healthier and more sustainable outcomes, while working collaboratively across the industry.

“I believe in the power a strategy of shared value can deliver. How we partner with industry, with policymakers and community shapes our success.”

Rooney boasts considerable sustainability experience – from environmental projects, not-for-profit boards and overseas community development work. She once spent eight months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school, with the project earning multiple international awards.

Rooney’s appointment commences in June.

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