Dr Wendy Russell is the Director and Principal Consultant of Double Arrow Consulting. She has diverse experience in science, social science, policy and engagement practice, which brings a breadth of perspective to her work in engaging, synthesising and integrating across boundaries. She set up Double Arrow Consulting in 2013 to provide engagement services and to develop deliberative engagement methods in the ACT. She is also a strong advocate of technology assessment (TA) and is looking for opportunities to build TA capacity for Australia.
Wendy is a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University and an associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. Previously, she was an academic at the University of Wollongong researching social aspects of biotechnology, transdisciplinary research and technology assessment, reflected in over 20 refereed journal articles and book chapters and numerous national and international conference presentations. She is also an award-winning tertiary teacher and education researcher. Wendy has a PhD in plant sciences and has refereed publications and awards associated with her research on photosynthesis.
Wendy’s CV can be downloaded here.
Trained in public and stakeholder engagement, deliberative democracy, writing and editing and facilitation, Wendy is an active member of IAP2 and was IAP2 regional coordinator for the ACT from Nov 2012 until Jun 2016.
Prior to establishing Double Arrow, Wendy worked in the Commonwealth Department of Innovation (formerly DIISR, DIISRTE and DIICCSRTE) developing and implementing the Science & Technology Engagement Pathways (STEP) framework under the National Enabling Technologies Strategy (see recent work page). This involved designing, running and reporting on a series of stakeholder and public engagement workshops, and working with a group of diverse stakeholders to design STEP.
The multistakeholder co-design process won the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia ACT and Project of the Year Core Values Awards in 2011, and the implementation of STEP (a series of engagements called STEP into the Future) won the ACT Core Values Award from IAP2 in 2013.
Wendy works with a number of associates, who specialise in particular areas and skill sets and thus complement each other’s work.
Dr Nicole Mazur, ENVision Environmental Consulting
Nicki has been Director of EEC for 10 years and specialises in social research, stakeholder and community engagement and program evaluation, particularly in relation to environmental and natural resource policy and management.
Nicki and Wendy have worked on several consultancy projects together in recent years, including currently on a social evaluation of the social research program of the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Nicki has been an important mentor for Wendy in setting up Double Arrow.
Vicky Darling, Vicky Darling Consulting
Vicky is a consultant with extensive government experience who now provides advice on policy design, community and stakeholder engagement strategy, and policy implementation. Wendy and Vicky are active in the ACT IAP2 network, have worked together in co-facilitation roles, and hope to work together more in future. They also provide professional and emotional support to one another, and generally keep each other sane.
Keith Greaves, Mosaic Lab
Keith is a well-known and talented engagement practitioner from Melbourne. He works with colleagues, Nicole Hunter and Kimbra White, as MosaicLab, a company specialising in high influence engagement and deliberative democracy, who have run numerous successful engagement projects across Victoria and Australia. Keith uses a range of innovative methods to design and facilitate effective and productive engagements for a wide range of clients. He also has a science background and worked in the UK on public engagement in science.
Keith worked with Wendy on one of the STEP into the Future engagements and they have worked together since on the deliberative democracy research-practice workshops and network – Deliberators without Borders.
Janet Salisbury, Biotext
Until recently, Janet was Director of the very successful company, Biotext. Biotext has built on its high quality work in writing, editing and information design services, and also developed strengths in research, engagement and training. Janet developed a strong interest in community engagement and dialogue methods through her work on significant biotechnology issues and she is an member of the ANU Centre for Dialogue practitioners group. In 2009, she initiated Canberra Conversations– a series of deliberative forums dealing with important local issues.
Janet and Wendy worked together to deliver a communication and engagement strategy to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator, and Wendy has delivered training through Biotext.
Max Hardy, Max Hardy Consulting
Max is a highly regarded practitioner, now based in Melbourne, who works with leaders and organisations to achieve results through collaboration. A coach, facilitator, process designer, trainer and strategic advisor, his approach is to work with people where they are at, understand their challenges, and co-create new ways of responding to those challenges.
Max worked with Wendy on the co-design process for the STEP framework and on one of the STEP into the Future engagements. They enjoy stimulating cafe conversations and are hoping to work together more in future.