Meet the Independent Appointment Panel

Under the GECA Certification Scheme Rules, the supervision of Assurance Providers is led by an independent panel of advisors known as the Independent Appointment Panel (IAP). They are sector and scheme representatives and experienced auditing leaders that together will assess, appoint, review and reappoint Assurance Providers. The IAP is coordinated by GECA but not able to be influenced by GECA and has its own transparent governance system. This is to ensure that the GECA Scheme continues to be a globally leading ecolabel providing solutions for sustainable consumption and production with our values of integrity, independence and impact at our core.

📍  Independent Appointment Panel Terms of Reference
📍  GECA Assurance Provider Appointment Guidelines

Meet the Independent Appointment Panel

Sonia De Almada

Sonia is the Green Star Operations Manager at the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). She is responsible for managing the delivery of the Green Star certification program for all Green Star projects, ensuring provision of exceptional service and value for Green Star projects, as well as working with the Green Star Solutions team and assisting them in contributing to the realisation of the GBCA’s mission and strategic goals. Sonia has over 11 years’ experience in the green building industry and has a background in architecture. Sonia has completed a Diploma of Architectural Technology, and a Bachelor of Architecture, with First Class Honours, from the University of New South Wales.  

Anne Gabriel

Anne is the Program Director for MSC Oceania (Australia, New Zealand & the Western Central Pacific). She has over 25 years’ experience as a sustainability professional in international and regional roles involved in national schemes by various governments and the private sector in their procurement vision and policies on certified sustainable commodities; environmental, social and animal welfare initiatives; crisis and issues management; stakeholder mapping and engagement; consumer advocacy movements as well as traceability and ecolabelling programs, spanning South East Asia, Europe, India, China, US and Oceania. Anne was instrumental in developing commitments for the uptake of certified sustainable commodities through her work with government, industry associations and retailers in the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Germany, India and China. She has participated in speaker platforms and conferences around the world on certification standards, supply chain, ecolabelling, communications trends and sustainability.   

Stephen Humphries

Steve was an Assurance Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than 23 years, before his retirement in March 2017. He specialised in providing financial advice and assistance for several public listed entities and private companies in the television and media, telecommunications, consumer goods and services, and construction and manufacturing sectors. Steve is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Fellow of both Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Steve is currently a member of GECA’s Board and the Chair of GECA’s Finance and Risk Committee. 

Heather Williams

Heather has over 8 years’ experience as a safety and environment professional – designing, auditing and improving safety and environmental management systems. She has qualifications in Applied Science, Sustainability and auditing. Her most recent experience at Cochlear also involved assessment of modern slavery risks in global supply chains. 

Meet the Assurance Providers

🔹 For Future Generations – a Melbourne based company providing auditing and certification services in Australia to internationally recognised sustainability certification standards for more than 10 years.

🔹 Bureau Veritas – a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification with a unique combination of international and local networks, including 45 offices and laboratories across Australia.

Both of our Assurance Providers are committed to providing outstanding service to our licensees. If you would like to apply to become a GECA Approved Assurance Provider, please click here.