13-16 Nov 2023 - ICC, Sydney

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Annabel Crookes

Director, Laing O'Rourke

Annabel has more than 22 years’ experience in the construction industry and is an experienced director, general counsel, and company secretary.

Over the last 16 years, Annabel has held several leadership positions at Laing O’Rourke Australia. Joining Laing O’Rourke in 2007 as Corporate Counsel, Annabel was the second lawyer to join the in-house Legal team, playing a leading role in developing the organisation’s internal Legal capability. In 2011 Annabel stepped into a broader leadership role as General Manager of Laing O’Rourke’s Human Capital and Legal teams and Company Secretary. In 2018 Annabel became the first female member of the Australian Executive Committee and currently leads the Legal, Risk and Company Secretarial functions in Australia. From 1 April 2023 she also took on a role as Director – Delivery for a number of Victorian rail projects. Annabel is an integral member of our executive and works closely with our Group representatives to ensure appropriate and industry leading practices are in place at Laing O’Rourke.

Annabel was elected as the first female President of the Australian Constructors Association in November 2022 having previously been a Vice Present and Director. She is also an executive lead of the Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF) which is a collaboration of Qld, NSW & Victorian government agencies and industry to create a sustainable and productive construction industry.

Annabel is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2014), completed her MBA at the AGSM (2011), and Bachelor of Laws from UNSW (1998).

She also holds external Directorship roles in the not-for-profit sector.

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