Director and CHAIR
Paolo is the General Manager, Sustainability of Frasers Property, and is a passionate advocate for sustainability at a project and business level to achieve meaningful change within the organisations he works for and beyond. He sits on several industry committees on sustainability, and believes the property industry has the potential to achieve even more meaningful outcomes. He has joined the LFIA to contribute to the transformative work our organisation is championing and supporting.
Director and VICE CHAIR
Kate Harris is the CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA). She brings to GECA an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future. 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.
Director and SECRETARY
Tom is an experienced ‘for purpose’ Board member and a senior public servant with a strong record of innovation and achievement. An astute judge of risk and opportunity he has been responsible for reforms that fundamentally improved the management of biodiversity in NSW, operational delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs across NSW, regulatory controls for biodiversity and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage across Sydney as well as the operational reform of the National Australian Building Environment Rating Scheme (NABERS) resulting in global recognition of its qualities as a commercial building ratings tool. Tom is an open communicator with a track record of building lasting collaborations between industry and government.
Bobby Ali-Khan has expertise across Architecture, Facilities Management, Product Manufacturing, Sustainability Strategy and Workplace Performance. Director Good Environmental Choice Australia for seven years and Banksia Sustainability Awards Judge. Experience implementing ESD programs in the commercial building sector and leading teams across creative and detailed design development, project management and workplace solutions for commercial office fitouts and base build high rise Architecture. Bobby is National Business Development Manager dwp|design worldwide partnership responsible for Business Development Strategy and Implementation across all market sectors.
A strategic thinker, marketer and industry connector, Suzie spent over a decade working to establish the Green Building Council of Australia as well as the World Green Building Council. Currently the General Manager at Junglefy, Suzie is helping to drive the uptake of living infrastructure within the built environment. Previously, Suzie was a Director of Good Marketing & PR, her own consulting business which delivers marketing strategies and advice to companies dedicated to market disruption, innovation and authentic green building products and services. She believes the future is bright with trends such as circular economy, health and wellbeing, digital technology, transparency and regenerative building.
As well as her role with LFIA, she is also a Board member of Archikidz and has been a judge of the BPN Sustainability Awards since 2014.
Mary Casey has nearly 20 years of design and construction industry experience in Australia and internationally. She made Australia her home over a decade ago, and is continually inspired by the uniqueness and beauty of its ecosystems. She has worked as an architect, sustainability consultant, project manager, trainer and facilitator. In all of her work, she questions what is possible, challenging and supporting her clients to pursue loftier sustainability aspirations than they thought they could achieve.
Mary is Director of Project Delivery at HKA, a project management and management consulting firm. She was named a Living Building Challenge Hero in 2014.
Brian Coughlin comes from a construction background, having spent 14 years as a tradesman and the last 11 years as a client-side project manager. He has worked in all sectors of the construction industry. In his current role as a Project Manager, Brian was the University Of Wollongong’s client representative in the design and construction of the revolutionary Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). He has a strong focus on sustainability and is an advocate of challenging the status quo of green building design and procurement.
Brian is a Senior Project Manager with SJA Construction Services and is looking forward to spreading the Living Building message throughout this organisation.
Kate Doyle is CEO of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, the owner of the National Standard of Competency for Architects which underpins accreditation of architectural education programs and all other assessment processes leading to registration as an architect in Australia. Kate has extensive experience working with educators, curators and communicators and has commissioned a range of innovative teaching packages for school students, public programs and events focused on design, architecture and the built environment.
Caroline Pidcock is an architect with genuine interest and experience in sustainable built environments. This has been developed and enhanced through her involvement in a wide range of professional, academic and other commitments. This has included roles as lecturer at Newcastle University, President of the NSW Chapter of the AIA and Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Industry representative on the Australian Building Codes Board, and being awarded 2009 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship and Marion Mahony Griffin 2011 Award, and named a Living Building Challenge Hero in 2014.
The architecture of her practice – enabled by talented co-workers and enthusiastic trusting clients – is inspired by the possibilities of creating desirable, sustainable architecture.
Amanda Sturgeon is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Fellow, and CEO of the International Living Future Institute.
Amanda oversees the Living Building Challenge program and team out of the Seattle office. She is an award-winning architect and has been recognized as a pioneering leader in the green building movement in the northwest region where she has practiced since 1998. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council in 2000-2002, has served on the board of AIA Seattle and has been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington. Amanda won the Betterbricks Architect award in 2008, and was the 2011 AIA/NAIUSI Fellow through which she spent a month in Italy studying Biophilia and Beauty as a pathway to a restorative future.
Clive is a UK-chartered civil engineer who has more than 30 years experience in the Construction Industry in both Australia and internationally, and nearly 25 years experience in the Project Management sector. He has lived in Australia for the past 20 years and has been fortunate to have been involved in some mega-projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 and Canary Wharf, as well as some very challenging projects locally such as the refurbishment of the David Jones Sydney City stores and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympics. He is a problem solver and logical thinker, and is looking forward to learning more about sustainability and helping spread the message in the industry. He strongly believes that good sustainable design and practice should not be a specialist area the concern of just a few.
Jim is the Managing Director of Murchisons Chartered Accountants, with over 20 years experience as a Principal. Prior to that he was with KPMG (formerly Peat Marwick). Whilst James is a true generalist, his main involvement is in Business Development, and complex structures for business and investment. He strives to work closely with his clients to ensure they achieve their objectives. His outside passion (some say obsession!) is sailing. He also enjoys spending time with his son and daughter and watching them play sport.