Louise Adams

Group Chief Operating Officer, Aurecon

Louise Adams is Aurecon’s Group 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 Global 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 roughly 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 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
  • 11:10 - 11:50

    CEO Panel Discussion: How new technologies and innovative approaches are transforming the planning, design, build, safety and cost management on modern construction sites

    • Workforce challenges:
      • How do we deal with multiple generations and skillsets on the site?
      • Addressing the need for greater work/life balance such as a 5-day working week
      • Elevating the issue of Diversity and Inclusion within construction to drive change
    • Incorporating ESG and Sustainability principles into your strategy
    • Applying technology and knowledge-based modelling to define the project, design scope, schedule and managing costs
    • Leveraging Lean Construction and BIM to drive efficiencies onsite
    • Integrating DFMA, AR&VR, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to deliver on project goals
    • Reducing risk and driving out waste to benefit all parties involved in the build
    Panellists include:
    Louise Adams Group Chief Operating Officer, Aurecon
    Rowan Hindmarsh Chief Executive Officer, Hindmarsh Group
    Alison Mirams Chief Executive Officer, Roberts Co
    Adrian Hondros Chief Executive Officer, Porter Davis Homes
    Moderated by:
    Jon Davies Chief Executive Officer, Australian Constructors Association (ACA)

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