Farewell to Liz Skelton

25 MARCH 2014

Liz Skelton, Principal Consultant and author

It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Liz Skelton will be leaving Social Leadership Australia at the end of next month. 

Liz has made an enormous contribution to SLA in her eight years with us but her decision to branch out and do something new is in many ways simply upholding what we always encourage others to do—to keep learning and challenging ourselves.
Liz began as Program Manager for our flagship Sydney Leadership program in 2005 at a time when Social Leadership Australia was just one program. Her great skills quickly saw her promoted to Senior Manager, Programs.

Liz went on to play a critical role in the development of the centre and its achievements.

She has been central to the development of our methodology and practice at SLA, in the growth of our impact at a systemic level across the business, government and not-for-profit sectors, and in the expansion of our thinking and outreach to new audiences.

Liz was instrumental in the development of our public engagement campaign and has played a key role in the development of our role as a thought leader. In addition to her many published articles and presentations, she also finishes as a published co-author of one of the few books on leadership to come out of Australia, The Australian Leadership Paradox—What it takes to lead in the lucky country.

As Principal Consultant, Liz has developed new public programs, played an important role in developing our consulting practice, and been part of taking us into new areas including our work on black:white leadership (including the Headland initiative and Desert Leadership programs) and in the Collective Impact field (Liz was was co-convenor on our recent, sell-out Collective Impact 2014 conference in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact).

I am delighted to say Liz will continue to do work with us as an associate completing some projects which she was critical in conceiving and winning—including our new Leading Together program and an exciting new Collective Impact initiative in Roma, Queensland.
To say that Liz has been a dedicated and tireless member of the SLA team is to understate her importance to us. I will miss, among many other things, her willingness to break new ground, her uncompromising focus on purpose and her unfailing good humour.

Geoff Aigner
Director, Social Leadership Australia