We’ve got the skills and experience to lead the way in verifying environmental claims for Australian companies. Our team of diverse technical and communications officers have a huge range of experience in a wide range of fields – including work within the health and environment sector, sustainable design and architecture practice, and practical construction experience.
This means we understand what it takes to create sustainable and environmentally responsible products, materials and services for the Australian market.
Chief Executive Officer
Kate previously spent six years with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including two years as CEO, and now as a non-executive director. She is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program. Kate believes passionately in human potential and draws on her diverse experience in the performing arts, executive coaching, cultural change and organisational development, helping individuals, organisations and communities to create a better future. She has held a variety of management, organisational and coaching roles, and has been an ambassador for 1 Million Women and on the Advisory Board for Pollinate Energy.
Standards & Technical Manager
Shaila is also a Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP), Greensmart professional and an accredited NatHERS/BASIX assessor. Her work has spanned across design, research, project coordination and education/training. Her passion for sustainability is supported by a proven track record in championing sustainable project housing highlighted by her crucial role in the recent Ecoliving Display Village, which was the recipient of state and national awards.
She has worked in various roles (including corporate health and safety, advertising, marketing and hospitality), that involved delivering creative direction and marketing management. Her interest in health and environmental issues saw Paula working in corporate health for ten years, in a mix of management, marketing and editorial roles and playing an integral part in corporate health change. Paula draws on her skills and strong interest in environmental and health issues to market GECA’s vision for a society in which people demand sustainable products and services.
Business Development & Sustainability Advisor
She is also responsible for increasing the available range of GECA certified sustainable products and services by reaching out to manufacturers and encouraging certification. Kim has a background in sustainable materials and design with a focus on International Law and human rights in the materials industry. Before coming to GECA, she spent 14 years working with the University of New South Wales as Design Coordinator for UNSW Foundation Studies, and has volunteered with Sustainable Business Australia as Manager of Safe & Sustainable Materials. Kim is GRI trained, holds Masters qualifications in Design (UTS) and completed International Law and International Relations (UNSW), Environmental Management Cert IV and Sustainability and Climate Change Law (UNU Tokyo). Kim has worked from the bottom up and the top down and is working to create greater change in the middle.
Office & Administration Manager
She is the main point of contact for all licensees and helps make sure their audits are continually progressing. Sarah holds a double degree in economics and arts, with an environmental humanities focus, and believes the private sector holds the key to resolving the current environmental issues the modern world is facing. She brings a diverse background in various customer-facing roles to GECA, having worked as a dance instructor, sales assistant, office manager and in the hospitality industry.
She specialises in writing and delivering engaging content that promotes GECA’s vision of a society where consumers demand more sustainable products and services. Emma has a background in content creation and draws on her previous experience working for an online marketing agency to enhance GECA’s presence on the web. As well as holding a master’s degree in Media Practice, Emma is a science enthusiast who majored in biological science for her bachelor’s degree. Her interest in environmental conservation and human rights issues is what drives her to improve consumption habits in society.
Standards & Technical Officer
He conducts in-depth research to contribute towards developing GECA’s standards and handles claims validation. Matthew has also worked extensively with WWF to develop a working plan to reduce food waste in Australia, with Good On You to verify clothing companies’ sustainability claims, and with WorldTeach to manage projects and teach English to students in Micronesia. He has seen first-hand the negative impacts that our actions can have on the environment and human health, and returned from his work overseas with a passion to promote sustainable living in Australia.
Standards & Technical Officer
Kat represents Germany in the office and brings her European knowledge of standards to the team. She has also participated in the Green Steps sustainability program and gained diving and reef monitoring experience through completing a course in biological survey techniques. Kat has contributed as both a research assistant and a casual lecturer to the environmental department at Macquarie University.
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