Our Team

Cate Harris
Acting Executive Director

For more than 15 years, Cate has been actively involved in the design, planning and management of sustainability strategies across both the public and private sectors. Cate is currently seconded, from Lendlease, as the Acting Executive Director at the UN Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA).

Cate has worked at Lendlease for close to 10 years in various senior and executive level sustainability roles. Most recently as the Global Head of the Lendlease Foundation, Cate was responsible for the management and the delivery of Foundation’s suite of programs globally, with responsibility for the governance of the Foundation, reporting to the Lendlease Group Executive, Lendlease Board and Lendlease Foundation Trustees. Cate led the function through the implementation of significant governance and funding model changes.

Prior to her Foundation role, as the Head of Lendlease Workplace Programs, Cate was responsible for the management and delivery of Lendlease’s global workplace strategy: Nextplace, including the delivery of the landmark workplace project of a new global head office at Barangaroo, co-locating over 2000 Lendlease employees from five different sites, under the one roof.
Cate has also worked in private engineering and environmental consultancy, with national and international clients seeking sustainable outcomes, as well as in the public sector on several pivotal State and Local Government led sustainability initiatives, including leading the development and implementation of the Moreland STEPS tool and Sustainable Design Scorecard and the Sustainability Strategy and related planning scheme amendment for Doncaster Hill.

In 2011 Cate was named as one of ABC Carbon’s 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders and was a winner of the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine Young Executive of the Year 2009.

Alice Cope
Executive Director

Alice joined the Global Compact Network Australia in May 2013.

Prior to joining the GCNA, Alice was a Policy and Sustainability Advisor at the UN Global Compact in New York, where she focused on business and human rights and supply chain sustainability. Alice was Lead Author of the UNGC’s Exposure Draft of the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Alice also managed government relations for the UN Global Compact for the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum.

Alice has also consulted to the private sector on business and human rights and national and international corporate responsibility standards and frameworks. Before moving into corporate responsibility, Alice was a Senior Associate at law firm Allens, specialising in corporate advisory and M&A.

Alice has a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Finance, Bachelor of Economics and Master of Communication.

In June 2015, Alice was elected to represent the Oceania & South East Asia region on the UN Global Compact’s Local Networks Advisory Group. In May 2017, Alice was elected Chair of the Local Networks Advisory Group and in that role took up an ex officio position on the Board of the UN Global Compact.

Alex Arnaudon
Program Manager

Alex joined the Global Compact Network Australia as Program Manager in November 2017.

Prior to joining the GCNA, Alex was Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Manager at ALDI, a global top ten retailer. In this role Alex led a team that was responsible for policy development, setting and delivering on targets, stakeholder consultation and monitoring and management of all sustainability aspects of the product supply chain as well as the energy, carbon and waste footprint of ALDI’s own operations.

Alex also worked in consulting roles, engaging with small, medium and large organisations to identify and calculate their carbon emissions, adopt energy efficiency measures and support emissions reduction activities. This involved forming relationships with new and existing businesses, developing content, organising events and establishing a community of likeminded SMEs that could inspire action and share knowledge.

Alex studied a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Masters of Environmental Management.

Annabelle Chee
Team Coordinator

Annabelle joined the Global Compact Network Australia as Team Coordinator in November 2017.

Prior to joining GCNA, Annabelle was an Executive Assistant at Girl Guides NSW & ACT. In her previous role, Annabelle provided high level support to the CEO, Executive team and Board Directors. She engaged with volunteers and community based networks to roll out the company vision to empower and support females.

Annabelle studied English Literature and Film at the University of New South Wales.