ISCA appoints new Chair

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) Board has appointed an energy sector leader with 15 years’ experience as the new Chair of the Board.

Alison Rowe will replace long-serving Chair, David Singleton AM, who stepped down as Chair at the Annual General Meeting on 14 November 2018 and will retire as an Independent member director from the ISCA Board when his tenure is up in April 2019.

“Alison is a seasoned executive and non-executive leader in the energy, communications and transport sectors, as well as having a strong background in member-based not-for-profits, across the value chain. Plus, as a former member of ISCA’s Board, she will bring the experience and skill needed to continue leading this impressive organisation,” Mr Singleton said.

Ms Rowe has worked in the sustainability space for many years, having been the CEO of Moreland Energy Foundation and previously led the Future Business Council as Chair.

“With a strong focus on developing relationships and establishing clear accountabilities, she understands how to drive transformational change. A dual strategy of advocacy, governance and collaboration is required. I couldn’t be more delighted with my successor,” Mr Singleton said.

Ms Rowe said she is looking forward to her position as Chair on the ISCA Board and thanks her predecessor.

“David has left some big shoes to fill, and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to help lead ISCA into delivering and driving long-term impacts for people and planet through sustainable infrastructure,” she said.

Mr Singleton joined ISCA’s Board of Directors as Chair in November 2011, when it was known as the Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC). He was part of the change that saw AGIC evolve into ISCA in 2012 and has held the position of Chair since then.

“David’s wisdom, experience and passion were a great contribution to myself and the Board. He has extensive experience and expertise in smart cities, infrastructure and the built environment. Thank you for the guidance and mentoring,” ISCA CEO, Ainsley Simpson, said.

Known for being a strong advocate for the advancement of women in the engineering industry, and throughout his career, Mr Singleton is proud to have influenced the introduction of supportive initiatives and policies, including paid maternity leave and flexible working schemes.

The infrastructure industry is responsible for more than 50 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. ISCA enables sustainability in infrastructure through a third-party rating program, training and knowledge-sharing, and creating a community of practice around sustainable infrastructure.

To date, more than $100 billion in infrastructure projects is engaged in the IS rating scheme across Australia and New Zealand. Collectively, IS-rated projects have saved enough energy to power the Brisbane’s households for one year and saved enough water to fill 67,000 Olympic swimming pools.

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