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 two years as non-executive director. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and Living Future Institute Australia, as well as being an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). 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.
Her career was established in the UK before relocating to Australia in 2011. She has been fundamental in creating, building, developing and nurturing partnerships with clients, suppliers and staff. She has exceptional management skills; a mentor leading and developing strong teams from the front with a hands-on approach.
With a keen eye for detail, she is well versed in business process improvements and developing strategies to drive best practice and increased value to all partners. Her background in event management ensures organisation and delivering projects efficiently and on time.
Michelle is keen to utilise her skill set and passion to work towards a more sustainable future.
Standards & Technical Manager
As an environmental engineer, she combines expertise in low carbon solutions in the built environment and a profound background in life cycle assessment. She has previously worked for European green building labels and is a Green Star Accredited Professional. During her time as a university researcher and throughout her whole career, she has collaborated with various architects, civil and building services engineers, councils and state departments. In her opinion, engineering is as much about finding the best technical solutions as it is about creating an equitable and just society.
Head of Engagement and Marketing
She has worked in various sectors (including corporate health, advertising, marketing, print, design and hospitality), that involved delivering creative direction, management and marketing, whilst pursing to market with purpose and inspiring people to take action.
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. She also extended her project management skills across to facility management, building maintenance and landscape design. Paula draws on her experience, skills, qualifications and passion to market GECA’s vision for a society in which people demand sustainable products and services.
Strategic Communications Manager
Kendall has been instrumental in developing and implementing GECA’s Positive Procurement Pledge campaign and managing all of GECA’s social media channels. She has also worked with Good On You, St Vincent de Paul Society, WWF and other organisations to create and share engaging online content.
She is a member of the Australia/New Zealand Working Group for Fashion Revolution, an international movement advocating for a fashion industry which values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure. Kendall also has over a decade’s worth of experience working in the field of environmental conservation and holds a Fellowship with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
Project & Relationship Manager
Marlene has studied logistics, supply chain management and marketing, followed by several years working in the corporate world as a project manager. Marlene has decided to concentrate her time and skills to help build a more sustainable future for the people and the planet. She has since undertaken further study in environmental management and sustainability.
Marlene has a keen interest in new technologies, renewable energy and sustainable designs. She believes that the key to a more sustainable world is education and has been delivering educational programs and events for many years. She uses her spare time volunteering in a community garden, playing soccer and exploring Sydney surroundings.
Sahar has a PhD in Environmental Chemistry, along with several years professional and research experience in environmental sector. Her interests and expertise involve applications of analytical chemistry to protect the environment including environmental monitoring with emphasis on sources and pathways of natural and man-made pollutants as well as their physico-chemical characteristics and potential impact on human health.
Technical Manager - Carbon Strategy
Previously, Rodrigo worked as a natural resources advisor in the Trade & Investment department at the German Chamber of Commerce (CAMEXA) in Mexico. His expertise is related to the development of international projects regarding clean technology, industry 4.0 and renewable energy in collaboration with the German agency for international cooperation (GIZ), the Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA).
In 2019 he completed a Masters of Sustainability at the University of Sydney focusing his capstone research project on the development of standards regarding carbon reduction and solar energy in collaboration with GECA.
Technical Project Officer - Construction & Circular Economy
She holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. Her interests include waste management and sustainability. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales. She is studying Life Cycle Analysis and Environmentally Extended Input-Output Analysis as part of her degree.
Business Development & Project Manager
Jess started her career working for the Australian Red Cross in the area of sustainability by managing local food security programs. Since she has worked for other not-for-profit organisations and state government agencies gaining skills in policy development and review, consumer advocacy, research, training and resource development, stakeholder engagement, and volunteer management.
Jess’ role at GECA focuses on working with industry, government, universities, consumers, and other organisations to identify opportunities for sustainability action.