Liz (Elizabeth) Bare

Liz Bare

Liz has well rounded expertise in all aspects of HR management, with specific experience in higher education. Having occupied senior roles, Liz has a deep knowledge and understanding of university leadership and management.

Special skills

  • Strategy formulation
  • Planning and managing major organisational change, including staff reductions
  • Performance Management
  • Academic Workload Management
  • Policy development
  • HR systems and processes
  • Functional and capability reviews
  • Leadership development

Professional Background

Liz commenced her working life in charge of a small special library in a government agency, supervising two other staff. There she learned valuable lessons in management, supervision and working in complex organizations. She moved through a series of technical and line management positions in that agency, and in 1983 was appointed to Head of its 50 strong personnel branch. There she fell in love with human resources management and decided that this was her true vocation. Her next assignment was to create an HR function in one of the world’s largest volunteer organisations.

She has now headed the human resource function in three different organisations. Her longest appointment was as Vice-Principal (Human Resources) at the University of Melbourne. She and her colleagues developed the function at the University from a personnel function to a well regarded human resources division. For three years until 2009, Liz was Head of Administration at the University of Melbourne, where she was responsible for service delivery of IT, Finance, Research, Marketing, Property and Grounds as well as overseeing a major restructure of administrative service delivery.

Liz is currently works as a consultant and is also a Senior Fellow at the LH Martin Institute for Leadership and Management in Higher Education, supporting the delivery of the Institute’s programs.  In the past three years she has successfully completed a range of assignments in universities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Liz is a regular speaker at international conferences in Australia, the UK and for the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is currently a member of the ACU HRM Steering Committee.

Recent assignments

University of the South Pacific (Performance Management), University of the South Pacific (Development of new job evaluation structure), Ministry of Education Tonga


  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • Diploma of Librarianship, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Member Australian Human Resources Institute