About Us

What motivates us and fuels our passion for work and life is contributing in a very real way towards building a better society through better thinking.

​For the Rapid Context team, sociology, and social science more broadly, is far more exciting and rewarding when you’re applying it, not when you’re simply theorising it.​

Rapid Context was founded to give people a sophisticated way to think about issues facing their organisations. We have endeavoured to make the building blocks of Rapid Context - our people, the way we work, and where and when we work  - align with our lofty ambition for building a better society.

 

Our Leaders

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SAMANTHA CROMPVOETS

Founder and Chair

 

Expertise in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of strategic and academic research, evaluation and monitoring. Specialist expertise in Defence and Organisational culture.

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KATHERINE POST

Chief Executive Officer

Katherine is a policy expert and lawyer who has worked in senior federal government roles across a broad range of areas including legal and regulatory reform, Indigenous affairs, housing and homelessness and women’s policy.

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SARA EDWARDS

Managing Director, Strategic Communications & Training

Flexible Work Specialist | Education Specialist

Qualified project manager and senior researcher with an extensive portfolio across sensitive and complex topics including organisational culture and work pattern analysis. Highly experienced in the area of people and culture, and skilled at developing strategic responses to workplace issues. Specialist in flexible work implementation and management.

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EMMA WENSING

Managing Director, Research | Sociologist

 

Expertise in Women in sport, gender and the military, media analysis, research program development and delivery within the Department of Defence, qualitative methods, quantitative analysis.

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Our Team

In Alphabetical Order

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DR. TEGAN DONALD

Science Communication Specialist

Tegan has a diverse research background working in both the academic and professional realms of the university sector, and more recently joining Rapid Context as a senior research consultant. Tegan has a Bachelor of Photonics (majoring in Physics) and a PhD in science communication.  

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DR. LEANNE FRANCIA

Sociologist

 

Leanne specialises in applied research and qualitative research design. Leanne has an interest in working in sensitive and complex areas, and is not afraid to ask the difficult questions that ensure research findings reflect the lived experience of the individual. Leanne's PhD thesis focused on family violence and separated parents’ experiences of the Australian family law system.

LINDY FRITSCHE

Epidemiologist

Lindy is an expert in quantitative research, implementation and analysis of data. She has expertise in survey methodology and design.

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CHRIS GYNGELL

Ethics Advisor

Dr Christopher Gyngell is Rapid Context's Ethics Advisor. He is a research ethics expert and currently serves as Human Research Ethics Advisor at The University of Melbourne.  From 2017 to 2020, he was Deputy Chair of the School of Paediatrics Ethics Committee at the University of Melbourne. He has also designed curriculum on Research Ethics for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

NYSSA GYORGY

Administration Manager

 

Nyssa has broad experience in administration management and support of small business.

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GRACE HANLY

Sociologist

 

Grace's experience is in  social, organisational, and health psychology.   She specialises in qualitative and quantitative research methods, systematic reviews, and specialises in quantitative analysis. 

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KERYN HASSALL

Evaluation Specialist

 

Keryn specialises in evaluation and implementation research for government agencies. She brings knowledge of evaluation theory, social research methods, policy analysis, and public sector research. She helps agencies use evaluation to improve program design, support organisational learning, enhance operational effectiveness, and guide decision-making.

CAROLYN IRVING

Public Policy Specialist

 

Carolyn brings extensive public sector management and policy development experience to a variety of research projects at Rapid Context. Her expertise is in public policy development, international and bilateral negotiations and professional writing, editing and research.

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MICHELLE IRVING

Social Research Specialist

 

Michelle's expertise is in qualitative research design, implementation and analysis, mixed method research and social media analysis. Highly skilled in translating research in to practice.

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MEREDITH IZON

Social Research Specialist

 

Meredith’s experience and expertise are predominantly in qualitative research. She is highly skilled in investigating issues and capturing lived experience. Meredith holds a Master of Applied Linguistics and also has an interest in health and wellbeing.

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MADELEINE ROBINSON

Sociologist

 

Madeleine has a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Applied Linguistics and Gender Studies. She has experience in semi-structured research interviews and research interests in the area of gender and the military. She is currently completing her Juris Doctor.