Joan Russell

Senior Consultant

Extract: Joan has over 30 years experience at executive level in a public service career defined by a strong commitment to ethics and integrity, equity and diversity, social justice and management improvement through good personnel practices. She is well known for her success as a 4-time overwintering Antarctic Station Leader. In 2006 she was named Citizen of the Year by the City of Unley, SA.

As a senior public servant she is recognised for managing the implementation of EO and EEO across the SA public service; leading the Premier’s Social Justice Project in the northern suburbs of Adelaide; reforming the processes of the Promotions and Grievance Appeals Tribunal as the Presiding Officer; re-structuring and reconstituting the Aboriginal Health Council, SA as its interim CEO; and her role in the reform process of the SA Police as the first civilian and first woman to hold the position of Director, Human Resources.

Joan has a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) majoring in Public Policy and Social Deviance, and 2 Batchelor of Arts with Honours from Flinders University, SA, with a double major in Sociology. She completed a Thesis in the Sociology of Deviance.

She has worked as a lecturer, tutor and mentor in the tertiary education sector, through courses at TAFE, Colleges of Advanced Education, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. Her acknowledged areas of competence include women’s studies, family studies, public policy and administration, and the sociology of the Australian public health system. She is often sought after as a mentor, particularly of senior women, and has a strong reputation for enhancing the work experience and careers of all who work with her.


  • Strategic policy development and advice
  • Governance and regulation
  • Leadership development
  • Executive coaching & Mentoring
  • Change management
  • Business planning
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Building and maintaing relationships

Boards, Tribunals, Review Panels & Committees – Membership

  • Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
  • Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc., SA
  • Relationship Australia, SA Division
  • Builders’ Licensing Board
  • Residential Tenancies Tribunal
  • Metropolitan Milk Board
  • SA Dairy Authority (inaugural Chairperson)
  • Ombudsman’s Welfare Review Panel
  • Minister for Education’s Advisory Panel
  • Repatriation General Hospital (Chairperson)
  • Podiatry Board, SA
  • SA Medical Tribunal
  • Adelaide Central Community Health Service Board (Chairperson)
  • COPE Board (Chairperson)