Elizabeth Foley MAIPM MCom BBus FAICD

Elizabeth joined the Australian Institute of Project Management as Chief Executive Officer in July 2019.

Elizabeth is an experienced CEO and director, with a proven track record of developing businesses, leading change, developing and executing strategy, leading diverse teams, driving organisational objectives and optimising outcomes in complex environments.
Elizabeth has strong commercial acumen, with over 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles, in financial services, and 17 years board membership experience, including 6 on AXA’s unit trust company board, where she oversaw investor funds of over $12 billion. Other blue-chip companies she has worked for include MLC, ING, Prudential and Unilever.
With over 8 years’ experience in the healthcare and medical research sector, for the past three years Elizabeth has been focusing on transitioning the healthcare industry towards the new digital era. As Bid Manager for the Digital Health CRC, Elizabeth shaped, promoted and sold the vision of the CRC, gaining over $156 million in investment from 16 university and 64 industry partners, as well as an additional Federal Government investment of $55 million.
Elizabeth has extensive leadership and management experience, including five years as a CEO and Managing Director of Research Australia, a not-for-profit member-based advocacy body, representing which represents the interests of 160 organisations across Australia. These organisations include universities, medical research institutes, philanthropic foundations, government agencies, pharmaceuticals, medtech, biotech, health services and consumer health advocacy organisations.
Elizabeth has led staff and stakeholders across Australia and has a strong reputation for good people management. Over the past 5 years she has coached a range of up-and-coming executives in financial services through FINSIA’s mentoring program. Most recently, Elizabeth worked at Chief Executive Women as Director of Research and Business Engagement, assisting this member organisation in building its advocacy platform and research reputation.
She is currently on the board of the Population Health Research Network, which is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) through the Federal Department of Education.
Elizabeth brings to the CEO role expertise in strategy development, advocacy and business growth, as well as a passion to promote project management in industry and government and to deliver exceptional value to AIPM members.