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Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne

Janet Beard has more than thirty years of experience in senior leadership and management roles at four Australian universities (The University of Melbourne, Victoria and La Trobe Universities, The University of Sydney) and undertaken consultancies and reviews of administrative, technical and academic support services in Universities, nationally and internationally (South Pacific, New Zealand and Indonesia). She is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Sydney International School of Technology and Commerce, a private higher education provider based in Sydney.

Most recently, she has managed and coordinated major change programs at The University of Melbourne and Victoria University to design and implement improved administrative services across the University. Her special interests are in organisational analysis and diagnosis, planning and design, organisational development, continuous business process and system improvement, benefits measurement and tracking, managing diverse stakeholder groups and taking people through a change management process. Her business improvement and change management expertise is informed by a successful track record in managing large and complex faculties as well as university-wide change programs.


  • –present
    Honorary Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne


  • 2010 
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance
  • 1997 
    RMIT University, Master of Business
  • 1974 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Agricultural Science

Professional Memberships

  • Association Tertiary Education Management
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors