Louise Adams

Chief Operating Officer, Aurecon

Louise Adams is Aurecon Group’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 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 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.