Director, CRC for Space Environment Management
Elizabeth Whitelaw is a former senior partner of law firm Minter Ellison. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an experienced board member having performed both chair and non-executive director roles for important government-owned corporations, partnership boards, advisory bodies and not-for-profit organisations.
She was a member Minter Ellison’s National Partnership Board, Canberra Chair of Partners, National Government Industry Group Leader and leader of the Canberra Infrastructure and Finance team. Elizabeth was also the firm’s board representative on the National Risk Assessment and Management Committee.
Elizabeth has been internationally recognised for her expertise in advising government on legal issues. She was responsible for legal aspects of sales, acquisitions, financing, leasing, development, construction and associated contracts for over 30 Federal Government agencies and numerous private sector clients with portfolios throughout Australia.
Her major areas of legal practice were:
• Tendering and contracting
• Commercial law
During her 32 years of legal practice, over 25 of which was as a partner, Elizabeth was a very active member of the ACT community. Elizabeth has held the following positions:
Director ACTEW Corporation Limited
Chairperson Red Tape & Regulatory Review Taskforce of ACT Government.
Chairperson Master Builders’ Construction and Housing Association of the ACT,
Chairperson ACT Business Advisory and Regulation Review Team
Australian representative member of the Australian-American Education Foundation (Fulbright Commission) as the appointee of the Federal Minister for Education
Chairperson, Canberra Community & Expert Reference Group, Bushfire Recovery Taskforce
Chairperson and Vice-Chair of Canberra Business Council
Board Member Queen Elizabeth II Hospital for Post Natal Care
Member Peak Council Master Builders’ Construction and Housing Association of the ACT
Member Cantrade Board and Business Canberra Advisory Board to ACT Government
Member of the Management Committee of the Canberra Commercialisation Council
Member ACT Tourism Commission Advisory Board
Member of the Legal Sub-committee of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee
Board Member Salvation Army Advisory Board
Member Finance Committee Australian Early Childhood Foundation