Elizabeth Proust is Chairman of Cuscal Ltd, a non-executive director of Lendlease Ltd, and Chair of SuperFriend, a not for profit in the mental health space. Towards the end of 2020, she concluded 2 other key roles: Chairman of Nestle Australia, and Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne.
In 2010 Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.
Previously Elizabeth worked in senior roles at the ANZ Banking Group, in local, State and Federal Government, and in BP Australia and BP International. She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government, including as Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department. She was also CEO of the City Of Melbourne. Past directorships include Perpetual, Spotless, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is the immediate past Chairman of the Australian Institute of Directors.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Law degree (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from La Trobe University. She has received honorary doctorates from Monash, La Trobe and Wollongong Universities.
On a personal level, she has been married to Brian Lawrence for almost 50 years, has a daughter and 2 grandsons. Her interests include classical music, theatre, reading and following the Collingwood Football Club. She grew up in Balmain, country NSW and Wollongong, and lived in Melbourne for almost 40 years. The pandemic has seen her move back to Sydney to be closer to family who live in Sydney.