Tanya Cox of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has been elected vice-chair of the World Green Building Council’s Board of Directors.

A highly influential group, the Board is made up of global leaders on green building in the building and construction industry.

Cox was elected vice-chair for her leadership in the green building movement and dedication to improving the sustainability of buildings, both in Australia and at the global level. She is the first Australian to be appointed to the position.

According to Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, “Tanya has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of sustainability, and has championed green building as one of the most effective solutions to climate change.”

“I am honoured to have been elected to this important position and to have this opportunity to help lead the WorldGBC’s transformational work,” says Cox.

“Sustainability is no longer confined to environmental issues and our response must address social and economic sustainability pillars as well,” she says, adding that, “The new WorldGBC three-year strategy will enable us to develop a strategic approach to the best ways to address these challenges and make progress against our shared international commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Cox is a former chair and current director of the GBCA Board and a non-executive director of various ASX listed and unlisted boards.

She was formerly the CEO of DEXUS Property Group for 11 years and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

For its part, the WorldGBC Board of Directors is comprised of senior leaders from 15 Green Building Councils around the world whose role is to advise and oversee WorldGBC’s organisational strategy and governance, and to ensure it is operating effectively as a not-for-profit organisation and delivering on its mission.