Anna Skarbek joins Green Building Council Australia board

Anna Skarbek CEO ClimateWorks Australia

As the Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) approves its new strategic plan, industry leaders with diverse skillsets and deep experience in new sectors have been appointed to the new board of directors, including ClimateWorks CEO Anna Skarbek.

"I'm honoured to join the board of the Green Building Council Australia,” said Ms Skarbek following the announcement of the new board. “The GBCA plays a powerful role in driving sustainable practices in the Australian property industry; a key area of focus for ClimateWorks and our research.

“Post-Paris it is a vital time for the GBCA and Australia’s sustainable building industry as a whole and I look forward to joining other leaders in the industry at the board table including new appointees Stockland’s Andrew Whitson, Lendlease’s Kylie Rampa and Vicinity Centre’s Michael O’Brien. "

Ms Skarbek will also be joining ClimateWorks Chair and existing GBCA board member John Thwaites.

According to GBCA Chair, Tanya Cox, the GBCA’s new strategic plan aims to drive a carbon positive industry, foster liveable, sustainable communities and cities, broaden market transformation and increase regional leadership.

“We resisted appointing new board members until we settled our new strategic plan.  Our new board appointments bring experience in specific sectors, adding depth to an already strong line-up of industry leaders,” Ms Cox says.

The GBCA recently announced the following appointments:

  • Anna Skarbek, Chief Executive Officer, ClimateWorks Australia

  • Rod Fehring, Chief Executive Officer, Frasers Property Australia

  • Michael O’Brien, Chief Investment Officer and Acting Executive General Manager Development, Vicinity Centres

  • Kylie Rampa, Chief Executive Officer, Property Australia, Lendlease

  • Andrew Whitson, Group Executive and CEO Residential, Stockland.

“As we expand our influence beyond the commercial office sector, we have specifically sought directors who bring with them decades of experience in our new target markets.

“These board members bring deep knowledge of the residential, retail, infrastructure and financial sectors – as well as the passion to drive transformational change.

“The evolution of the board reflects the changing nature of our industry, and the fresh thinking around the board table will help us accelerate our efforts and expand our influence.”

More than 1,315 Green Star projects have been certified around Australia – and 30 per cent of the nation’s office space is Green Star certified. More than 636,000 people work in Green Star offices, 33,000 people live in Green Star apartments and 1.2 million people shop in a Green Star retail centre every day.

“It’s now time to redouble our efforts, as we capitalise on the talents and experience of our new board members to deliver healthy, resilient and positive places for both people and the natural environment,” Ms Cox concludes.

An experienced investment banker, policy adviser and qualified lawyer, Ms Skarbek is also a director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and a trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund.

A version of this article was first published on the Green Buildings Council website.