Louise Adams is Aurecon’s Chief Executive for Australia and New Zealand, focused on building high performing teams through leadership development, strong client engagement and delivery excellence across their 4000 strong business. She is a member of Aurecon’s Group Executive Leadership team and influences the strategic direction and change across the entire international business.
Having been the first female executive appointed to the Global Board in 2013, Louise also became Aurecon’s first female Regional Director in 2015, and now Aurecon’s first Chief Executive for Australia & New Zealand.
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. Her career has seen her build extensive international experience having worked in the UK, Australia, Ireland, Iran, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Guyana, North America, Pakistan, Libya, Qatar, and the UAE.
Louise is Aurecon’s spokesperson for Women in Leadership and is the international champion of Aurecon’s senior emerging talent programme, which is a pathway into senior leadership roles within Aurecon. 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 she was awarded a Chief Executive Women Scholarship to attend the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia and is a member of Australia’s Chief Executive Women group. Louise is a committee member for Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s Women’s Infrastructure Network Steering Committee and is the Chair and only female CEO Advisor to Consult Australia’s Male Champions of Change.
In addition to her degree, Louise also holds a Graduate Diploma in International & Community Development from Deakin University. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and in 2017 also gained registration as an International Professional Engineer (IntPE) and an Engineering Executive (EngEXEC) through Engineers Australia.
Louise is married, with a young child and two grown-up step children. She is a club golfer and an avid cricket player and fan.