Meet the GECA team
Rupert joined GECA in October 2012 and in that time has helped deliver a transformation of Australia’s only independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector ecolabel. Rupert ensures that GECA runs credibly and efficiently and he maintains and develops relationships with prominent stakeholders, governments and the media to guarantee that the organisation remains the most influential ecolabelling body in Australia. Rupert comes to GECA after seven and a half years with The Climate Group, where he established and led the Australian office of the organisation before moving to New York to run Climate Week NYC and The Climate Group’s global energy program. He has achieved substantial national policy changes such as to voluntary carbon offsets to ensure no double counting and changes to the RET which supported solar PV and which led to 1 million roofs being installed across the country. Among other things, Rupert also came up with the idea and made the introductions for the Australian Football League to become carbon neutral. He is a true advocate of sustainable solutions that are economically feasible and profitable.
- Standards and Technical Manager
Ingrid is a sustainability professional and environmental engineer who has been exploring and implementing significant procedures within the sustainability sphere for more than 10 years. Ingrid has held presence in the environmental space since 2003 and is both a GBCA Green Star Accredited Professional and a NABERS Accredited Assessor. She brings knowledge of environmental performance assessments, embodied and operational carbon assessments, lifecycle assessments, carbon neutrality assessments, auditing, waste management and resource efficiency to GECA. As GECA’s Standards and Technical Manager, Ingrid leads the way in developing and establishing its robust standards.
- Operations Manager
Barry is the office glue who keeps all the finances, staff, clients and bookkeeping in order; he enables the GECA cogs to turn effortlessly and hiccup-free. Since he joined in September 2012, he has established and implemented operational and systematic strategies and has been instrumental in aiding the marketing, standards and executive teams in developing their approaches. Barry joined GECA after 10 years working in management and administration with Westpac, James Richardson Group and Soho Projects. His background in construction, commercial furniture and banking paired with his education in furniture, interior and industrial design has strengthened his knowledge and understanding for the need for sustainably preferable products and solutions. Barry is the go-to for any licensing, accounts or administration queries.
- Communications Officer
Alex is a journalist and marketing professional who specialises in delivering high-quality content in the fields of building, design and sustainability. To ensure that GECA maintains an influential voice and delivers value she promotes a society in which people demand sustainable products and services and ensures this message is ubiquitous. Alex draws on knowledge acquired during her role as Features Editor for Grand Designs Australia magazine, Home Design magazine and Renovate magazine and her time spent in sales and marketing a lifestyle magazine in Spain. Her degree, which she acquired in the UK in International Communications and Spanish, gives her a strong understanding of international media and public relations in both online and print environments. Her interest in environmental issues drives her to improve the sustainability of consumption.
- Standards Assistant
Kat is GECA’s resident scientist. With a Masters of Environmental Science and a Doctorate under her belt she is well-placed to steer GECA’s standards towards robust and environmentally sound goals. 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.
Phone the GECA team on 02 9699 2850