NZGBC CEO Alex Cutler announces her resignation

29 April 2016

New Zealand Green Building Council’s chief executive, Alex Cutler, has announced that she will leave the organisation later this year. She has been in the role since May 2010.

Ms Cutler will continue to lead the organisation during the recruitment process and work with the new chief executive to provide a smooth transition from a member perspective.

New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) Board Chair Mary-Jane Daly says Ms Cutler has led the organisation’s growth and maturity in a number of positive ways. “She has brought new tools such as Homestar and NABERSNZ to the market, diversified NZGBC’s income streams and grown the business. In that time she has also served as Chair of the Construction Industry Council for two years, sat on the Building Advisory Panel to Government and represented NZGBC at the World Green Building Council.”

Ms Cutler says, “It has been an amazing six years steering this organisation - I have loved the role and have been privileged to work with many talented people, both in the NZGBC team and across our membership base. Working with members to embed sustainability into their business, be that at a strategic level or through a project-based approach, has been both challenging and hugely rewarding. But it’s time for me to move on to new challenges, and also spend more time with my family.

“At NZGBC, we’ve been laying the groundwork to prepare the organisation for anticipated changes in the market. We’re still at an early stage in that three-year business plan, but now feels like the right time to hand over to a new chief executive to lead that next stage of evolution. I’m confident NZGBC has a bright future and the organisation is well-placed to lead the change that is needed in the market.”

Ms Daly adds, “I’d like to thank Alex for her contribution, commitment and dedication to NZGBC. She’s been instrumental in getting the organisation to where it is today, and her passion for the subject matter is clearly self-evident. As a board, we are now focused on ensuring that NZGBC continues to provide great customer service, access to products and services that lead system change in the market, and share best practice to inspire behaviour change. We are committed to identifying a new chief executive who will work with our board and management team to lead that change.”

The NZGBC Board has appointed a special subcommittee to recruit the new Chief Executive, consisting of Ms Daly, Gail Calder (Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee) and Gary Walker (Board Member).