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 Robin Mellon - Chief Operating Officer

Robin Mellon has combined his love of the environment, his passion for gardening, his qualifications in real estate and his experience with heritage buildings to become one of Australia’s experts on sustainability in the built environment. 

Robin joined the Green Building Council of Australia in 2007 to drive the adoption of the Green Star rating system for buildings and communities.  He has since spearheaded the GBCA’s advocacy and international work and mentored a number of countries, including Israel and Hong Kong, through the process of establishing their own green building councils. 

Robin sits on the World Green Building Council’s Policy Task Force, has chaired its Asia Pacific Network, and has collaborated with Austrade to showcase Australian green building capabilities around the world.  An accomplished presenter, educator and media commentator, Robin is the author of numerous articles on how Australia can capture the benefits of efficient, healthy, liveable, productive and resilient buildings.  He is also a regular judge of green building and urban design awards. 

A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Robin is the father of two young boys, a devoted green-thumb, a loyal Sydney Swans fan, and is determined to leave the planet in a better shape than it was when he found it.



Katy Dean - Director Advocacy

Katy joined the GBCA in August 2010 with experience working on policy development for the Australian Government, most notably with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Katy is responsible for communicating the GBCA's green building policy priorities to the Federal Government and developing policy to drive the adoption of green building practices in areas such as education and healthcare.

Katy holds a Bachelor of Recreation Management from Lincoln University, New Zealand.

Luke Farr - Advocacy Coordinator - Local Government

Luke joined the GBCA Advocacy team in December 2013 in the role of Advocacy Coordinator – Local Government. Prior to joining GBCA Luke worked on the Australian Government Department of Health’s, National Suicide Prevention Program.

Prior to this Luke worked with Wollongong City Council within the Community Engagement and Corporate Strategy team. Luke is looking forward to putting his knowledge of Local Government into this role.

Luke holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Wollongong and certification from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).


Karen Jamal - Communications Consultant

Karen has managed the GBCA's communications since 2008. With more than fifteen years' experience in marketing and communications, Karen a proven track record with both small and large organisations, both federal and state governments, and across a broad cross-section of industries.

Karen has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Letters.


Helen Bell - Director Research and Development

Helen has over 13 years’ experience working in research and strategy development. In her current role at the Green Building Council of Australia, she combines her research experience with her passion for working towards a sustainable environment. 

Helen has experience working for major media organisations, as well as a strategic planner for a federal government organisation and as a social research consultant. 

Helen holds a Communications degree, majoring in Marketing from the University of Canberra and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environment from the University of Melbourne. She is a Qualified Practicing Market Researcher (QPMR) and also a Green Star Accredited Professional – Design & As Built.

Operations and Human Resources

Emily Lawton - Human Resources Director

Emily has been in HR management roles for more than 13 years. Before joining us she had worked exclusively in the legal industry including with Mallesons, Linklaters and the Australian Government Solicitor.

Emily's role as Human Resources Director is to help establish and implement HR strategies (in consultation with the GBCA Executive) which optimise employee performance and development opportunities which assist GBCA to meet its strategic objectives.

Emily has an honours degree in history from the Australian National University. 

Catherine Andon - HR & Operations Manager (on parental leave)

Catherine is GBCA's HR generalist and is responsible for the day-to-day management of HR operations including recruitment, development of policies and procedures, benefits, orientation, development and training as well as all aspects of employee relations. Catherine encourages HR practices and objectives that foster an employee-oriented, collaborative culture emphasising empowerment, goal attainment and the ongoing development of a high performing workforce.

As GBCA's Workplace Health and Safety respresentative, Catherine assumes the important role of representing GBCA workers on issues affecting their health, safety and welfare. Catherine consults with GBCA management on health and safety issues, assisting the GBCA to work towards a zero harm work environment.

Catherine also manages the efficient and effective co-ordination of facilities management for GBCA offices.

Catherine holds a Diploma in HR Management.

Vanessa Howard - Acting HR and Operations Manager

Vanessa joined us in January 2015 in a parental leave relief capacity and is responsible for the GBCA’s day-to-day management of HR and Operations.

Vanessa is also the Acting Health and Safety Representative for the GBCA.

Vanessa has over 8 years experience in HR roles and is currently studying her Masters of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at the University of Sydney. 

Yvette Menezes - Executive Assistant

Yvette joined the GBCA in July 2007 as the Receptionist and then moved into the role of Office Assistant. Yvette has now moved to the role of Executive Assistant supporting Romilly Madew and Robin Mellon with administrative and executive support. 

Yvette has more than 15 years experience working in administrative support roles.

Alexis Pilmer - Receptionist

Alexis joined the GBCA in June 2013 and is the face and voice of GBCA reception. Alexis has 7 years experience in administration roles and was keen to join the green building revolution. Alexis is also a Health and Safety Representative for the GBCA.