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Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers over twenty-five 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 City and Aerotropolis Authority.
Gabrielle is a member of the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University 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 and Aqualand.
She is chair of the National Film and Sound Archive, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL) and of the Australian Sports Commission (Sport Aus). She is also a member of the advisory board of Wattle Hill RHC Fund #1, a China/Australia private equity fund.
She has had a long-term 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 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, Gabrielle was named an Officer in the Order of Australia.