Liz O'Connell

Executive Director

Liz has more than 17 years’ experience in the Human Services sector from the frontline to leadership; including Executive roles at a large multi-faceted organisation since 2015. With an educational foundation in social sciences, forensic psychology, business administration, design thinking and leadership; Liz has demonstrated success in service design, corporate strategy, and organisational culture leadership. Liz has designed, developed, and led highly successful initiatives across child protection, youth justice, mental health, drug and alcohol intervention, corrections, employment services and disability support.

Liz has a strong aptitude of abstract reasoning, ability to grasp complex concepts and a highly effective, and articulate communication style. Liz’s professional background enables her consulting leadership to be applied with a deep understanding of Clinical Governance and strong practical experience in organisational management and business administration including financial performance, risk management and compliance, government relations and communications. She also brings strong professional and academic knowledge of outcome measurement, data collection and use, research, and evaluation methods.

Liz has an outstanding ability to understand stakeholders’ objectives, enhanced by highly developed interpersonal skills utilized in the development of strong relationships. Within her top character strengths, you find creativity, zest, and curiosity. Liz is naturally energetic, relishes continued learning, and works with a positive future vision.


  • University of Adelaide Master of Business Administration - MBA

  • Curtin University Graduate Certificate Forensic Psychology

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Governing to Protect Vulnerable People

  • Behind Closed Doors National Executive Group

  • Stanford University Graduate School of Business Leading Change and Organisational Renewal, Executive Education

  • Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Director's Course

  • Leaders Institute of South Australia Integral Leader Program

  • Diploma of Management

  • Graduate Diploma of Drug and Alcohol Studies

  • The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology)

Liz O'Connell