Alison Crook AO


Alison Crook AO
CEW Member

Waterview Consulting Pty Ltd
Managing Director

Managing Director of Waterview Consulting Pty Ltd, Alison is an experienced Non-Executive Director and a consultant specialising in organisational change. Deputy Chair of Suters Architects Pty Ltd, and of Australian Volunteers International, she is a Director of Wetland Care Australia and trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Previous senior positions held include Deputy Vice Chancellor Resources, Monash University, Executive Director Operations, Serco Asia Pacific, Director General State and Regional Development NSW, and State Librarian NSW.

Alison began her career as a tutor in Philosophy at Flinders University. Other early formative experiences included being an Australian Volunteer International, lecturing in Art in Papua New Guinea, and being Community Liaison Officer at Gunpowder Copper Ltd in North West Queensland.

Her diverse career has included being New South Wales State Librarian and Director-General of N.S.W. State and Regional Development. While State Librarian she was named Qantas/Bulletin Australian Business Woman of the Year, and Business Review Weekly/Alcatel Business Leader of the Year for the Professions. She was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for services to public administration. A change of direction in 1997 saw her moving to the private sector, and initially London, to become Executive Director Operations for SERCo Asia Pacific and Managing Director SERCo Transport Services.

Her experience as a non-executive director has included the Boards of IBM Australia, Lend Lease Corporate Financial Services, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Recruitment Solutions Pty Ltd, and a range of government bodies. She now continues that interest as Deputy Chair of Suters Architects Pty Ltd and Australian Volunteers International, as a director of WetlandCare Australia, and a trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation.

She has lectured widely in Australia and internationally on organisational change management, and on information management. She maintains general professional interests in the areas of organisational change, knowledge management, and the philosophy of mind.


1988 Australian Library and Information Association: Library Manager of the Year

1989 South Australian Institute for Technology, Graduates Association: Achievement Award for outstanding achievement since graduation.

1991 Business Review Weekly/Alcatel Award: Business Leader of the Year (Professions)

1992 Bulletin/QANTAS Business Woman of the Year 1993

1993 AO: Officer in the Order of Australia for services to public administration

1993 Doctorate, Honoris causa, University of South Australia

1993 Fellowship, Royal Institute of Public Administration of Australia

1993 Fellowship, Australian Library and Information Association

1995 Alumnus of the Year Award, University of Queensland Alumni Association

1995 Doctorate of Letters, Honoris causa, Macquarie University

2003 Centenary Medal, for services to business

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