Barbara Holmes, is the Director of Managing Work|Life Balance. She has over 25 years experience as a consultant specialising in Work/Life and Flexible Work issues. Her well earnt reputation for her practical, common sense approach has been gained from working with clients in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. She has contributed to a number of publications on flexible working, attraction and retention of staff and diversity issues. She is the project leader and ‘hands on consultant’ for many of Managing Work|Life Balance’s projects. She was a major contributor to a Guide launched by Community Business in Hong Kong entitled ‘A guide to driving cultural change to achieve work/life balance’.
Professor Barbara Pocock has researched work and employment relations for more than 30 years. She has worked for Australian governments, community organisations, and universities including the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. She founded and led the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia between 2006 and 2014. Barbara was initially trained as an economist, completed her doctorate in gender studies, and taught and researched labour studies and social science from the mid-1980s to 2014. Her research has focussed upon work, employment relations, gender, trade unionism, pay and pay equity, vocational education and inequality in the labour market. As Director of the Centre for Work + Life (2006-2014) – and working with a team of researchers at the Centre - she undertook research on work set within its social location, analysing the way in which work affects us as workers and beyond the workplace – in the household, community and wider society.