Louise Adams

Group Chief Operating Officer, Aurecon

Louise is Aurecon’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for driving the financial, operational and people performance across all areas of the business to achieve the Group’s strategic business goals. Reporting to Aurecon’s Group CEO, Louise is a member of the Group Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to her current role, Louise was the Chief Executive for Australia and New Zealand, overseeing a workforce of approximately 4300 people involved in the delivery of infrastructure solutions in the Transportation, Water, Defence, Built Environment, Energy, Resources, Telecommunications and Aviation sectors.

Louise became the first female Executive Director on Aurecon’s Global Board in 2013 and is Aurecon’s global spokesperson for Women in Leadership. She has a passion for organisational diversity and the role it plays in innovation and is an advocate for female leadership and equality within STEM.

In 2018 Louise was awarded a Chief Executive Women (CEW) Scholarship to attend the Wharton Business School and is a member of Australia’s CEW Group. Louise was most recently appointed to the National Advisory Board of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and she is the Chair to Consult Australia’s Champions of Change and appears at many industry events. In November 2020, Louise was named the Australian CEO of the Year, which is part of The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year awards.

As a Chartered Civil Engineer, Louise has over 20 years’ experience managing and designing works in both civil and multi-disciplinary projects in land development as well as technical advisory for project planning. With a background in stormwater management, flood risk assessment and mitigation, Louise has undertaken work in the public and private sectors as well as part of emergency relief efforts.

In previous roles, Louise has led major civil and multidisciplinary projects in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Iran, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Guyana, North America, Pakistan, Libya, Qatar, and the UAE.

Takes part in

  • Future of Construction SummitView Full Event
  • 09:50 - 10:30

    Government & Industry panel discussion: Realising the $15B productivity opportunity

    Productivity growth of the construction industry over the last 30 years trails that of other significant industries by 25%. If we could just halve the gap in productivity, we could be constructing an extra $15b of infrastructure every year for the same level of expenditure and employ an extra 15,000 people. Government and industry are working together to maximise the value of infrastructure but how does this translate to identifiable actions? 

    • Assessing what is needed to address the productivity shortfall? 
    • Procurement reform and value for money
    Panellists include:
    Corey Hannet Director General, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, VIC
    Sonya Campbell Executive Director, Head of Infrastructure, NSW Treasury
    Bede Noonan Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Acciona Geotech
    Louise Adams Group Chief Operating Officer, Aurecon
    Moderated by:
    Meg Redwin Executive Director General Counsel, Multiplex Constructions

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