Liz E. Mellish EdD

Adjunct Professor QUT

Dr Edna Elizabeth Mellish

ABN 73 747 591 964

Address: 170 King’s Lane, Maleny, Qld 4552, Australia
Telephone: (07) 5499 9498
Web Site:

Date of Birth: 31 October 1956


2012 Company Directors Course Diploma Australian Institute of Company Directors

2001 DOCTOR OF EDUCATION “Appreciative Inquiry at Work” Centre for Leadership, Management and Policy Studies. School of Professional Studies, Queensland University of Technology.
1994 MASTER OF EDUCATION (LEADERSHIP) “Beyond Collaborative Individualism”

Queensland University of Technology.
Wits Graduate School of Business Administration, Johannesburg
1977 BACHELOR OF ARTS Public Administration, Psychology, History
University of Cape Town


  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Australian Human Resources Institute
  • European Foundation of Management and Development
  • HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Sixth Commonwealth Study Conference

1986: Managing Change in an Industrial Society, Group 16, Member


2011- 2014 Member, Queensland Theatre Company

2009- 2014 Member, Sunshine Coast TAFE Council

2001- 2006 Member, University Council, Queensland University of Technology

2002- 2005 Board Member, Zonta Club of Brisbane North

2002- 2003 Advisor, Sports Medicine Australia (Qld Branch) Board of Directors

1999- 2002 Director, Corporate Governance Board, Department of Main Roads

1999- 2002 Councillor, Children’s Council, Creche and Kindergarten Association Queensland

1996-1999 Federal Councillor, Institute of Management Consultants, Australia

1998-1999 Council Member, International Council of Management Consultant Institutes


2011- 2013 Chair Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Assembly

2009- 2011 President Witta Tennis Club Inc


  • STRATEGIC CHANGE Corporate Governance, Appreciative Inquiry, Strategic and Business Planning, Partnering, Program Evaluation, Team Leadership, Communication, Leadership Development, Professional Leadership, Mentoring, Group Dynamics, Facilitation, Change Management
  • POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION Organisation Review, Stakeholder consultations, Community Engagement, Performance Standards, implementation processes, managing transitions and evaluating improvements
  • MANAGEMENT EDUCATION and TRAINING Leadership, Management and Team Leader Development
  • FACILITATION Boards of Directors, Executive Coaching, Strategic and Business Planning for government agencies, corporate, community and mixed groups
  • STAFF DEVELOPMENT Project Management, Contract Management, Mentoring skills, Industrial Relations, Staff Selection, Negotiating Skills, Telephone Marketing, Career Counselling, Customer Service, Safety Communications for Supervisors, Redeployment Workshops, Managing Transitions
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT case management planning, research and development projects, 360degree performance evaluation


Some major projects which have contributed to Liz's expertise include:

  • Developing and leading VISION and VALUES workshops as part of a large scale change process to develop Carlton United Breweries and the Fosters Brewing Group as a Lead Enterprise in Australia and worldwide.
  • Designing and implementing LEADERSHIP and PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT programs to improve management productivity in the airline, banking, hospitality, manufacturing and newspaper industries.
  • Designing and leading CHANGE MANAGEMENT programs across a range of public sector agencies including organisational review, commercialisation, downsizing, redeployment support and developing new models of service delivery
  • Designing and leading SPECIALIST TRAINING programs, tailored to meet specific client needs e.g. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, POLICY DEVELOPMENT and ETHICS workshops
  • Improving PRACTICE MANAGEMENT techniques for consulting, professional service firms, medical, dental, engineering and physiotherapy practices.
  • Designing, developing, co-ordinating, facilitating and reviewing MENTORING PROGRAMS and MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
  • Developing LEADERSHIP SKILLS of executive teams in the higher education, public and private sector. Leading presenter on PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.
  • Facilitating STRATEGY AND PLANNING workshops and PROGRAM EVALUATION work for Commonwealth and State public sector departments.
  • Design and delivery of WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP programs, including Griffith University, QUT, UQ and Commonwealth W.I.M. programs
  • Uses an appreciative consultation approach to assist with major RESTRUCTURING PROCESSES and CULTURAL CHANGE programs in higher education, arts and cultural sectors.



  • Rio Tinto
  • ANZ Banking Group
  • Baulderstone Hornibrook Consulting Engineers
  • BlueScope Steel
  • Boeing Australia Limited
  • Energex Ltd
  • Fosters Brewing Group
  • Incitec Ltd
  • QANTAS Airways
  • Virgin Blue
  • Young Presidents Organisation (YPO)
  • Queensland South Native Title Services

Statutory Authorities

  • Queensland Performing Arts Council
  • Queensland Theatre Company
  • Queensland Studies Authority


  • Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Centrelink
  • Department of Community Safety
  • Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Communities
  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
  • Department of Justice and the Attorney General
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of Environment and Resource Management
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Police Department
  • Medicare Australia
  • National Native Title Tribunal
  • New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Services
  • Public Sector Management Program
  • Queensland Treasury

Higher Education

  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Queensland Universities Library Office of Co-operation (QULOC)


  • Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
  • Project Management Institute

Community controlled organisations

  • Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Forum
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Mackay
  • Self Help Queensland Inc


Mellish, L (2011) Facilitating Strategic AI Interventions - International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry May 2011, Volume 13, Number 2

Mellish, L (2007) Applied Appreciative Inquiry – Small Book series, (3rd edition Platypus Press, Brisbane)

Mellish, L (2007) – On-line learning modules in Appreciative Inquiry:

Mellish E (2006) BOOK REVIEW - Reframing Evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry (2006), Preskill H., Tzavaras Catsambas T., Sage Publications

Mellish, L (2005) SOAR versus SWOT – Appreciative Inquiry and strategic change, Presentation Appreciative Inquiry On-line conference April

Mellish, L (2003) Can we change the way we change? Key note address Action Learning Action Research and Process Management (ALARPM) International Conference, Pretoria September

Mellish, L and Radford, A (2001) Appreciative Inquiry: Building on Strengths in your organisation. International Guide to Management Consultancy, London, Kogan Page

Mellish, L (2001) Professional Leadership Key note address to National Conference of Senior Rehabilitation Consultants, Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service, Australia, Sydney: February

Mellish, L ( 2000) Appreciative Inquiry at Work, unpublished doctoral thesis QUT

Mellish, L (1999) Ap-pre'ci-at-ive In-quiry Cover article UK Training Journal Nov

Mellish, L. (1997) Progressive reflections on Doctorate of Education research: An appreciative inquiry into organisational change and consultancy practice Poster session presented at The Australian Association for Research in Education Conference December Brisbane

Mellish, L. (1998) A case study of appreciative inquiry in an Australian University Chapter 2, Lessons from the Field - Applying Appreciative Inquiry edited by Sue Annis Hammond and Cathy Royal, Practical Press, Plano, Texas

Wilson, S., Macqueen, J., Mellish, L. and Rosenfeld, P. (1996) Taking the plunge: Being the guinea pigs in an alternative EdD programme at QUT Higher Education Research and Development Association Conference August Toowoomba

Mellish, L and Limerick, B (1997) Reclaiming our imaginative competence Paper presented at Australian Human Resources Institute National convention May Brisbane