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Ngaire McGaw at the Queensland Premier's ClimateSmart Sustainability Awards 2011

Ngaire McGaw at the Queensland Premier’s ClimateSmart Sustainability Awards 2011

Ngaire McGaw is the Principal of Getting to Sustainability, based in Brisbane. She is an experienced project manager of sustainability and change projects – at the community, household, and organisational levels. Ngaire is the recipient of a number of awards for her work projects, post-graduate studies, and volunteer roles. She has presented papers at a number of national/state conferences.

Ngaire’s skill areas include project management, planning, evaluation, stakeholder engagement, communication, organisational change, capacity building, and carbon management.

Social sustainability

Ngaire is an experienced and qualified health promotion practitioner. For two decades, she has been planning, implementing and evaluating evidence-based public health initiatives. Ngaire has played a lead role implementing numerous intersectoral and multi-stakeholder initiatives. She has delivered outcomes for the health sector, schools, all levels of government, and the community sector. Ngaire has worked in non-profit organisations including peak bodies/professional associations. Her projects have included a TravelSmart Schools initiative which won national recognition from Australia’s Cycling Promotion Fund.

Environmental sustainability

  • Ngaire has been working in Environmental Sustainability at a Brisbane hospital since 2015 upon graduating with a Masters in Sustainability Science with an academic award.
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    Ngaire delivering staff orientation in sustainability

  • In 2011, Ngaire worked with the Queensland Health Carbon Management Unit, developing tools and processes to support the unit’s eco-efficiency retrofits of Queensland’s public hospitals.
  • Ngaire has led award-winning partnership projects including a project funded by the Australian Greenhouse Office and the Queensland Government (2004 – 2005), which achieved emissions reductions of up to 19 per cent.
  • Ngaire has played a lead role in sourcing funding for and implementing award-winning volunteer environmental projects for: Sustainable JamboreeBeyond Zero Emissions; and St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School. She has opened her house for Sustainable House Day, attracting hundreds of visitors.

Business experience

As above, Ngaire currently works for a hospital in Brisbane – a non-profit private enterprise. In her early career, Ngaire worked in marketing and/or event management roles for almost a decade.  During this time, she worked in professional associations for tax lawyers and accountants, doctors, and performing artists. Ngaire worked at Arnott’s Biscuits as Promotions Officer.


  • Ngaire holds a Masters in Sustainability Science with Distinction, from the University of Southern Queensland (2015). Subject areas included environmental science, economics, and policy. Electives included energy management accounting, sustainability accounting and finance, and public relations research.
  • She also holds a Masters in Health Science from QUT with double majors in Health Services Management and Health Promotion (2002). These subjects included studies in change management, behavioural change, social and behavioural epidemiology, economics, and program evaluation.
  • In 2019 Ngaire completed a Graduate Certificate of Business including subjects in corporate communications.
  • In 2017, Ngaire completed a Diploma of Leadership and Management, a Diploma of Project Management, a Basic Certificate in Safety and Quality (Institute for Healthcare Improvement), and the Certificate in Engagement (IAP2).ISSP logo
  • Ngaire holds a Bachelor of Arts from QUT (including studies in management, marketing, and social science).
  • In 2017, Ngaire became a Certified Sustainability Professional with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).
  • Greenstar associate white backSince 2012, Ngaire has maintained her qualification as a Green Star Building Associate from the Green Building Council of Australia.
  • Ngaire maintains post-nominals from the Public Health Association of Australia.

Other studies and training

  • Ngaire has completed accredited GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) training in preparing a best practice sustainability plan through EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services.
  • In 2016, Ngaire completed training in the new standards for energy auditing.
  • In 2012, Ngaire completed accredited training in energy auditing and quality management systems. She also completed a desktop carbon audit of a major hospital, while completing an accredited carbon accounting course with TAFE Queensland.
  • Ngaire has completed legal studies at Bond University as well as a subject in sustainable asset management. The legal subject focused on the federal government’s Clean Energy Futures package (carbon price) and the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Act 2007.

Awards and recognition

  • Ngaire was a member of the Mater Misericordiae team that won the top award category in the Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Awards (2016)
  • Ngaire won an academic award at the University of Southern Queensland (2015)
  • Ngaire was named among the Top 100 Sustain Ability Leaders by the ABC of Carbon (2012)
  • Ngaire won the Founder’s Award for Beyond Zero Emissions Queensland (2012)
  • Ngaire won the Bond University First in Class Award for Assets and Facilities Management in the Graduate Certificate of Carbon Management (Feb 2011)
  • As volunteer convenor of Sustainable Jamboree, Ngaire team won the Premier’s ClimateSmart Sustainability Award (Community Category) (2011)
  • After the 2011 flood, Ngaire was finalist for the Rotary Community Gem Award (2011)
  • Ngaire won a community Oxley electorate award (2010)
  • As an individual, Ngaire won a Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Green Heart Award (2009)
  • While working at Queensland Transport, one of Ngaire’s project’s in partnership with Maroochy Shire Council and Chancellor Park State College, won a national award from the Cycling Promotion Fund (2005)
  • Ngaire was a winner of a staff award while working at the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (2001) in primary health and population health
  • Ngaire won her first leadership awards while still at school.

For more about Ngaire’s background, visit her LinkedIn page here.