Executive Director & Chair | Sociologist

Samantha is the founder, Executive Director and Chair at Rapid Context. 


Her career has spanned academic, consulting and advisory roles and she specialises in being able to translate research in to profound organisational insights, tangible impact and sustainable change. Above all, Samantha is passionate about evidence-based reform. 


Samantha has worked on a number of nationally and internationally recognised projects, including for NATO and the UN. Her work uncovering war crimes in the Australian Special Forces has had a significant impact on changing the culture of the Australian Defence Force. 


She is a sought after public speaker on topics of military sociology, organisational culture, and work policies and practices, especially as they relate to small business, gender and flexible work.  

Professional and Educational Background

PhD, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU (Sociology)

BSc (hons), University of Melbourne (History and philosophy of science/psychology)


Conducted comprehensive research on organisational culture and organisational climate, in particular how these impact the health, wellbeing, attitudes and behaviours of Defence personnel.

Extensive empirical research of a number of specific defence cohorts, including veterans, women, reservists, mothers and health care consumers. In particular she has conducted analyses of health and wellbeing, identity and organisational culture and change.

In-depth experience in identifying current workforce issues and intimate knowledge of defence culture    


In depth reviews of sensitive and complex topics in institutional contexts