Aegle’s Director

Lena Barnes (née Geraghty) is a successful entrepreneur, non-executive director and experienced consultant. She advises organisations on how to integrate material sustainability issues into core business. She uses quantum thinking to synthesise and integrate information to facilitate the implementation of holistic programs. Over the past 18 years, Lena has developed a in depth of understanding of sustainability across the international and local landscape. Her cross-sector experience in strategy, management, business development, supply chain and sustainability allows her to deliver effective advisory, leadership and training services to clients.

Recognised as an emerging sustainability leader in 2007 she created the role of Staples, Australia’s leading Business to Business Office Supplies Company, first Sustainability Manager. During her time, there she was part of the United National Environment Program Finance Initiative Sustainable Supply Chain Management Initiative (UNEP FI). Staples created its first Ethical Sourcing Policy, with Lena’s guidance, this policy was instrumental in positioning the company as a leader in this space both amongst its peers which in turn materially contributed to an increase in customer contracts won.

Recently, Lena has made a significant contribution into shaping the future of sustainability reporting through her leadership of the Australian operations for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). She did this by leading the advocacy campaign for updates to ASX’s Corporate Governance Council’s Recommendation’s. These recommendations now state that a listed entity should disclose whether it has any material exposure to economic, environmental and social sustainability risks.

Her consulting roles have seen Lena work across the tertiary, government, private and NGO sectors. Project highlights range from advising on the sustainability impacts of a large-scale master plan as a Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP), the state of sustainability in the Indo Pacific Region to practical guidance on sustainable procurement. In addition to her consulting roles, Lena currently holds a sessional teaching position at Edith Cowan University (ECU), where she shares her passion for linking theory and real-world experience with her students. In 2017, Lena authored and delivered a brand new Master’s Unit on Sustainability Assessment and Reporting for ECU. Lena is a lifelong learner and is undertaking a Master of Research where she is investigating the impact of blockchain technology for sustainable business practices.

Managing a portfolio career requires Lena to be highly organised, efficient transparent and accountable. She enjoys the challenge that a portfolio career entails and uses her clear communication and collaborative stakeholder engagement skills to navigate success. She has engaged with over 2000+ stakeholders via consultations, national conferences, events and workshops. Her focus is on delivering quality, outcomes and exceptional service.

Outside of her consulting work she is the founder of Sustainability Roundtable Perth (SRP) which is a forum for sustainability professionals to discuss critical issues freely, without judgement and in confidence. She holds several board and advisory positions. In 2017, she was selected to be part of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Director Pipeline Program which is part of their advocacy strategy for greater diversity in Australian board rooms.

Aegle's Director