Barbara’s passion is to enable organisations to succeed sustainably. She often describes her job as a translator, translating sustainability into traditional business language. Together with her team, she delivers a full range of sustainability services from strategy and materiality assessments through to detailed Life Cycle Assessments and Cradle to Cradle® projects. Barbara has worked with organisations in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe, effectively linking sustainability with business value.
The founder and first president of the Life Cycle Association New Zealand (LCANZ), Barbara initiated the Australasian EPD Programme. She is a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Science Based Targets initiative, the International EPD system and on the Steering Group for the Climate Leaders Coalition. Barbara has chaired the New Zealand working group for the development of ISO standards for Carbon Footprinting, is a Certified LCA Practitioner, and an associate editor for the International Journal of LCA. Barbara is also a judge of the Banksia Sustainability Awards. She also sits on the Executive Commitee of the German New Zealand Chamber of Commerce.
Originally from Germany, the only thing she truly misses is German bread- a problem she solved 15 years ago when she started baking her own bread. She is a fan of mountain biking and describes her ideal holiday accommodation as a tent in the hills.