Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has snapped up the former general manager of sustainability and corporate procurement at Stockland, Davina Rooney, for the role of chief executive officer.
GBCA chair Rod Fehring says 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.”
Rooney spent over 10 years across Stockland’s business to develop and implement strategies for sustainable and efficient buildings and communities. A civil engineer, she supports the Women in STEM initiative and has a variety of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work, spending eight months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards.
Rooney says she is excited by the opportunity to work across industry at this pivotal time and would focus on achieving real outcomes for 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 replaces outgoing CEO Romilly Madew AO.