Officially commencing the appointment on 11 June 2019, the former General Manager of Sustainability and Corporate Procurement will take the reins as Corporate Executive Officer at the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
“Davina’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,” said GBCA Chair Rod Fehring.
“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 as we move towards the implementation of key projects including the next generation of Green Star and our Carbon Positive Roadmap.”
Ms Rooney said she was excited by the opportunity to work across the 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 said.
“I am 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.
“In Australia, we have much to be proud of as a global leader, but we can and will improve to help meet our international obligations.”
Ms Rooney is a civil engineer and supports the Women in STEM initiative. She 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.
Mr Fehring took the opportunity to once again thank outgoing CEO Romilly Madew AO for her more than thirteen years leading the GBCA. She is departing to take on the role of Infrastructure Australia CEO.
“Romilly has been a force for change in Australia’s built environment, where the number of Green Star-rated projects has risen to more than 2,250,” he said.
“We thank her for her incredible efforts and look forward to her continued success in her new role.”