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 Life Cycle Association New Zealand (LCANZ), Barbara initiated the Australasian EDP Programme. She chaired the New Zealand working group for the development of ISO standards for Carbon Footprinting, is on the board of the German New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Steering Group for the Climate Leaders Coalition, serves on several Technical Advisory Groups, 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.
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.