Barbara is the Principal of BEtter Consulting, a boutique legal practice based in Hobart which specialises in post-conviction reviews, coronial matters and possible Miscarriage of Justice cases (see She has had 30 years of distinguished police service and in 2008 was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) in the Australia Day Honours List.

Barbara is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences. She holds a Pharmacy degree, an Honours law degree, an MBA, a Master of Laws and the AICD Company Directors Course Diploma. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a Fellow of the Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists (FACBS) and an Adjunct Professor within the School of Law and Justice at Edith Cowan University.

In 2006, Barbara won the WA Telstra Businesswoman of the Year. In 2014, she was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame.

Barbara has always had a strong passion for forensic science and that was what led her to join the NSW Police in 1981.