Liz is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and previously Professor of Computing and Dean at the University of Durham, UK. From 2005-2011 Liz was the Director UK’s Centre for Excellence in Computing. Liz is globally recognised having received 5 University awards for enhancing computing education. She has held research collaborations with IBM, Microsoft, BT, BAE and Logica and received $12m in funding. Liz has produced over 80 articles and 40 keynotes.
Liz is a Director for the IEEE and chairs the IEEE's Audit committee. In 2020, Liz is leading one of the President appointed IEEE Ad Hoc committees with John Walz examining future-proofing heathy volunteer pipelines throughout the IEEE. She has represented the Computer Society BoG for 8 years including taking roles of VP for EAB and MGA, and from 2014-2015 as the Society’s 1st VP. She has also been actively engaged with IEEE activities currently chairing the IEEE EAB Web Portals Committee and previously the Pre-University Coordinating Committees. She has been a member of the IEEE EAB for 6 years, IEEE TAB for the last 2 years and is currently a member of the TAB management committee.
Liz has vast experience of the Board membership and the general business of the IEEE and the Computer Society as shown by the variety and breadth of the activities indicated above. She has worked directly, and by their invitation, with the leaders of TAB, and IEEE president and past and elect. Such good working relations with the senior leadership is essential to support the Computer Society achieve their goals. She has also experience of working with sections in two regions (8 and 10) as well as supporting the British and Australian Computer Socieities.
She is a senior executive in her institution. A large institution of over 40k students, she has sole responsible for managing a number of major strategies including IT projects, recently overseeing the design and development of the new University admissions and enrolment systems in Newcastle. She has also led major projects in terms of a campus relocation and redesign and the creation of a new CBD campus for the University.