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Leone Lorrimer

Leone Lorrimer Director, Lorrimer Consulting


Lorrimer Consulting / Director 2009 - Present

Leone brings over 25 years of experience, as both client and consultant, to the delivery of successful projects. Leone’s skills range from project strategy to technical detail, initially developing the project development brief and overseeing the financial feasibility modelling. Leone directs and reviews all project disciplines to ensure that every aspect of the project achieves its product and investment objectives.


Leone resolves complex challenges and creates clear and comprehensive project strategies. The result is clear team direction, appropriate and well co-ordinated design and documentation, effective project management processes and optimal use of resources.


• Internationally recognised executive

• Over 25 years experience in architecture and real estate development

• Strong strategic and technical skills

• Directs and evaluates large scale projects, from master plans to iconic buildings

• Reviews profitability, market fit, product differentiation, design and execution

• Directs project teams providing expert strategic input, guidance and direction

• Project types: dense urban ‘cities’, resort residential projects, iconic mixed-use towers, business parks and universities

• Experience in the UK, Australia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Turkey and the MENA Region, including the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia


Sama Dubai / Director - Planning and Development 2007 - 2009

Responsible for Project Review Committee audit of all 34+ projects at every stage. Reported directly to the Board of Directors. Review included financial feasibility, master plan, design, construction phasing, marketing, sales, product strategy, legal matters and authority approvals.


Woods Bagot / Director, Middle East Region 2005 - 2007 Resident in Doha, Qatar. 

• Qatar Science and Technology Park, Doha (USD 700 Mn, 5 buildings)

• College of the North Atlantic, Doha (USD 200 Mn, 25 buildings)

• Won competition and designed the Jordan National Financial Center, Amman

• Consultancy for Sama Dubai, Dubai

• Doha Gateway Master Plan

• Research papers on Islamic design principles and design for extreme climates


Woods Bagot / Director 1988 - 2007 Leone was a Director and Board Member from 1988-2007.

• 2005-2007 Director, Middle East Region

• 2001-2004 Managing Director, Australia

• 1998-2001 Director of Corporate Services

• 1992-1998 Discipline Leader, Corporate Real Estate

• 1988-1992 Director, Sydney Office


Woods Bagot / Managing Director, Australia 2001 - 2005 Managing Director for Australia

Value of projects: USD 420 Mn (AED 1.5 Bn) Value of fees: USD 15 Mn Number of offices: 5

Responsible for the strategic direction, growth, financial health and service quality of the Australian business

• Public profile through speaking engagements, awards, media and publications

• Concurrently Director for various projects:

­• College of the North Atlantic, Doha, Qatar

• Offices for Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai

• Parramatta Civic Place Master Plan, Sydney

• Air New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand

• Société Générale, Hong Kong

• Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra

• Brisbane City Council, Brisbane

• BHP Billiton, Melbourne


Woods Bagot / Director, Corporate Services 1998 - 2001

Responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, IT and Practice Management for entire firm

• Developed and implemented firm’s intranet - ‘thoughtspace’

• Standardized and integrated systems across all the corporate services disciplines and finance

• Implemented new technologies

• Introduced human resources function

• Concurrently Director for various projects:

­• University of Technology, Sydney (Faculty of Information Technology) 11,000 m2

• Macquarie Bank, Sydney 41,000 m2

­• KPMG 26,000 m2

­• DLA Phillips Fox 28,000 m2


Woods Bagot / Director, Discipline Leader - Corporate Real Estate 1992 - 1998

Value of projects: USD 168 Mn (AED 6.7 Mn)  Value of fees: USD 6.7 Mn

Project location: over 500 projects throughout Australia and Asia

• Responsible for the strategic direction, growth, financial health and service quality of the Corporate Real Estate Discipline

• Public profile through speaking engagements, awards, media, publications and participation in industry bodies

Developed comprehensive property strategies, with successful implementation:

­• Fuji Xerox 5 locations

­• Computer Sciences Corporation 4 locations

­• Macquarie Bank 80,000 m2

­• Optus Communications 150,000 m2

­• Westpac Banking Corporation 250,000 m2

New office buildings:

­­• Siemens 12,000 m2

­­• Johnson & Johnso 8,000 m2

­­• Goodman Fielder 16,000 m2

Office Interiors and Specialized facilities:

­• Consulting: Accenture, AT Kearney, Andersen, Ernst & Young

­• Finance: American Express, ANZ Bank, Australian Stock Exchange, Citigroup,

Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Banking Corp.

­­• Telecommunications: Optus, Telstra, UUNET

­­• Technology: Amadeus, Apple, Computer Sciences Corporation, Fuji Xerox, IBM, Philips, Samsung

­­• Construction: Baulderstone Hornibrook

Woods Bagot / Director,


Woods Bagot / Director, Sydney Office 1988 - 1992

Value of projects: USD 210 Mn (AED 770 Bn) Value of fees: USD 8.4 Mn

Project location: over 2,500 projects in NSW

­• Northbeach Hotel, Wollongong

­­• Rydges Hotel, North Sydney

­­• Ramada Hotel, Parramatta

­­• Children’s Hospital, Westmead

­­• Delfin Office Building, North Sydney

­­• HCOA Hospital Projects, Australia-wide’

­­• Southgate Shopping Centre, Sydney

­­• Warringah Mall, Sydney

­­• Woden Town Centre, Canberra


Innerspace Sydney / Managing Director 1985 - 1987

Value of projects: USD 35 Mn (AED 770 Bn) Value of fees: USD 2.5 Mn Mn

Project location: over 200 projects in Sydney

Established subsidiary of national architecture firm, Stephenson & Turner Pty Ltd


­• Sydney Renaissance Hotel

­• Peppers Hotel, Terrigal, NSW

­• Various office interiors



Polytechnic of North London (now London Metropolitan University) 1983 University of Sydney


Bachelor of Science (Architecture), Architecture, 1976


Ascham School 1974

Leone is the daughter of Amy [Cumpston] McGrath and Frank McGrath.  She was born in 1957 and married Matthew Lorrimer.  They have two daughters, Harriet and Rebecca.


She is the sister of Ros [McGrath] Croucher,

 Viv McGrath and Eloise McGrath


You can see their family tree here



Senior Design Manager

Tourism Development & Investment Company [TDIC]

(Privately Held; Real Estate industry)


December 2009 — Present (3 months)


Tourism Development & Investment Company is a master developer of leading tourism real estate assets within Abu Dhabi. The company is charged with assisting the provision of a world-class infrastructure which will fulfil the emirate’s ambitions of becoming a truly global destination of distinction.


Since its establishment in April 2006, TDIC has built up an impressive portfolio of projects, some developed under joint venture partnerships, including flagship destinations. These include the transformation of Saadiyat Island, the 27 square kilometre island offshore the UAE capital, and Desert Islands, a multi-experiential destination which is opening up the emirate’s Western Province. The range of TDIC’s project portfolio spans redevelopment of urban landmark districts, new-build mixed-use complexes, down-town business and leisure resorts, desert resorts and a leading-edge headquarters which is to be a showcase in sustainability. TDIC has also earned an international reputation as a world-class partner with its credentials now boasting alliances with some of the world best architects, hospitality brands and cultural institutions.


Every TDIC project reflects the company’s core values of sustainability, cultural and environmental preservation as well as socio-economic promotion.

 The latest Who’s Who of Australian Women includes  Leone Lorrimer, Sama Dubai


Architecture Australia


Leone Lorrimer of Woods Bagot won the Businesswoman Award.

New South Wales


Architecture Australia 2005



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