Gabrielle Trainor AO joins Built Statutory Board

20 October 2021​

One of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction groups, Built, today announced the appointment of Gabrielle Trainor AO to its Statutory Board.

Gabrielle is a non-executive director and advisor with more than 25 years’ experience on boards ranging from infrastructure, transport and urban renewal to sports, arts and culture and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“We are delighted Gabrielle is joining the Built Board. She brings deep experience in all facets of our industry as well as unique perspectives on ESG, the future of cities, infrastructure and safety. She will make a significant contribution to our future growth and focus on government projects across Australia,” Built Executive Chairman and Founder, Marco Rossi, said today.

“As we look to the new way forward, providing our clients, including governments, with the scale and certainty of a tier one construction company and the culture and agility to stay ahead of change we identified Gabrielle’s unique skill set to add to the experience of our Statutory Board.”

Among her current appointments, Gabrielle chairs the Construction Industry Culture Taskforce and is a director of Infrastructure Australia, the Western Parkland Authority (NSW), the ACT City Renewal Authority and is a member of the board of the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Vic). She is a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, director of Zurich Australia Ltd and WAM Global Ltd. and a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Trust.

Brett Mason, CEO and Managing Director added: “Gabrielle’s leadership with the Construction Industry Culture Taskforce and her focus on the productivity, diversity and performance of the construction sector aligns with our continuing commitment to creating a great culture for our people and the relationships we have with our clients. At Built, we continue to advance the industry forward through improving the speed, safety, quality and environmental and social outcomes of significant construction projects across the industry.”

Ms Trainor said: “I am thrilled to be joining Built. I have long been impressed not only by the scale and quality of its projects across Australia, but also by the quality of its people. They seem to have Built’s strong values in their DNA.

“They clearly go the extra mile to solve complex construction problems for their clients, resulting in great outcomes ranging from the renovation of Victoria’s landmark State Library to bringing world-leading sustainability to large-scale projects at Parramatta Square.

“It’s exciting to be part of a great company in the next era of its evolution.”

Ms Trainor joins Chair of the Board, Wal King, Independent Director, Dieter Adamsas, Executive Chairman and Founder, Marco Rossi and CEO and Managing Director, Brett Mason, on the Statutory Board.

Gabrielle Trainor AO LL.B M.A FAICD

Gabrielle is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers more than 25 years on boards in the public and private sectors ranging from infrastructure, financial services, transport and urban development to sports, arts and culture and the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

She is a member of the boards of Infrastructure Australia, the Victorian Government’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Zurich Australia Limited and listed investment company WAM Global. She is a director of the ACT City Renewal Authority and of the Western Parkland City Authority, whose Audit and Risk Committee she chairs.

Gabrielle is a member of the Board of the Western Sydney University Foundation and a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Education Trust. She chairs the Construction Industry Culture Taskforce, a joint project of industry, academe and the NSW and Victorian governments. She is a former member of the advisory boards of Leighton Contractors (now CIMIC Group) and Aqualand.

She is a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL).

She has had a long association with the Australian Institute of Company Directors as a member of various committees, as a presenter and a Fellow.

Her time on a number of boards in urban renewal, transport and infrastructure has been characterised by her interest in creating quality of life – through arts and culture, the public realm, sustainability and community engagement in the social fabric. She has a Master’s degree in Creative and Cultural Practice. She chaired the arts and culture panels of the Docklands Authority and the Barangaroo Delivery Authorities and chaired the reference group for Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 paper on Future Cities.

Her previous experience is as a lawyer, journalist, public sector executive and a consultant for thirty years in issues management, stakeholder engagement and public policy. She co-chaired a Federal Government review of the Australia Council for the Arts and was recently one of a team appointed to review the NSW Government Sector Employment Act. She represented Australia at an international cultural forum hosted by the Korean Government in 2012. She was a founding director of the GWS Giants whose AFLW team’s annual best and fairest medal is named in her honour.

Gabrielle is a Churchill Fellow a member of Chief Executive Women. In 2017, she was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to community in transport and infrastructure planning and design, and as a contributor to social welfare and sporting institutions.

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