The leader of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction company is set to take over as chairman of the Green Building Council of Australia under a series of changes designed to improve the body’s governance structure.
Two other board members, having announced their retirement, will be leaving the council.
The changes follow an extraordinary general meeting in Sydney on July 22, during which members of the GBCA unanimously approved nine governance changes which the Council says are consistent with Australian best practices.
These include having a smaller board that meets more frequently, changes to the length of board tenure and the election and rotation of directors.
Under the changes, Daniel Grollo, the current chief executive officer of private construction company Grocon Pty Ltd, who has served on the GBAC board since its inception, will take over from Tony Arnel, who is leaving after five years in the role.
GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew paid tribute to Arnel, saying GBCA membership had expanded and the number of Green Star-rated buildings had grown exponentially during his tenure.
Grollo says he looks forward to the challenges of the role. He says the GBCA has an enviable reputation around the world for what it has achieved.
“It is a great honour to take on the role of Chairman from Tony Arnel, and I’d like to acknowledge Tony’s steady leadership over the last five years,” Grollo says. “The GBCA has now consolidated itself as one of the strongest GBCs in the world. I look forward to working with the GBCA’s experienced and inspiring team and my board colleagues to strengthen Australia’s world-leading green building industry.”
As part of the restructuring, two other board members, ISIS Group Australia CEO Michael Barnes and InterfaceFLOR Asia Pacific president and CEO Robert Coombs, have also announced their retirement.