The Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA) has appointed of its first ever female CEO.

As of Tuesday 16th April, Laura Hamilton-O’Hara will take the helm at the LFIA at a time when a Federal election beckons and the living environment is, more than ever, front and centre as a major issue for voters.

She joins the LFIA from her most recent position as a Sustainability Officer, Partnerships & Engagement at Macquarie University.

“I’m looking forward to working with an incredible team and board with whom I can both learn from and get good stuff done. I’m inspired by the LFIA’s expansive and compelling mission which squarely aligns with my own values and purpose. Lastly, it is a personal answer to the calling of our time; will you step up and live at the edge of your capabilities to help create a Living Future? Yes, and I can’t wait to get stuck in,” says Hamilton-O’Hara.

Chair of the LFIA Board, Paolo Bevilacqua, says that “Laura has a natural affinity with the values and culture of the LFIA. Her experience working with small and large purpose-driven organisations will be invaluable in building upon the successes already achieved by executive director, Stephen Choi, the LFIA staff and Board, and our generous volunteers.”

Founded as the Australian affiliate of the International Living Future Institute in 2012, and with the Living Building Challenge as a core focus, the LFIA has built a reputation for disruptive thinking and cross-industry collaboration in the built environment.

Under Hamilton-O’Hara’s leadership, the LFIA says that it is in “a strong position to build on this reputation, and to help realise a future that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.”