Rachael McGinley

Rachael McGinley
Principal Consultant

In my role at Edge I focus on sustainability in the built environment, both property and infrastructure. In previous roles I have worked as consultant engineer and in technical development and strategy at the Green Building Council of Australia.

I have a MEng Engineering Science from Oxford University and a MSc in Technologies for Broadband Communicating at University College London.

I’m particularly interested in developing new business products that support sustainability and studied Product Management with General Assembly. More recently, I took part in the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship in 2012 and the Women on Boards Next Generation Leadership program in 2017.

My first experience of sustainability was growing up in the English countryside, helping my grandparents tend their fruit and vegetable patch. Composting, weeding, picking and preserving – nothing went to waste. It was all organic and of course, tasted amazing. It taught me that living sustainably isn’t just about making sacrifices, it is as about creating value through careful management of resources and taking care of our environment and ourselves.

During my time working as a consulting engineer in London, I contributed to some fantastic projects that incorporated sustainability and heritage as central elements. These included new education buildings in the UK and Kings Cross Station in London.

Moving to Australia in 2008 and living on the Northern Beaches has given me a deep appreciation of our natural environment. I work in sustainability because I want to help create cities and infrastructure that support a great quality of life, while protecting our climate and ecology.

In my spare time I make the most of living on the northern beaches and spending time outdoors with my family.

Since moving to Australia I’ve taken up sailing, ocean-swimming, snowboarding and surf-lifesaving, although not all at the same time.