Wendy is currently the Principal Consultant at Double Arrow Consulting, a Canberra-based consultancy specialising in deliberative engagement. Previously, she managed the co-design and implementation of the STEP (Science and Technology Engagement Pathways) framework under the National Enabling Technologies Strategy within the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
Prior to her stint in the public service, Wendy was an academic at the University of Wollongong from 1996 - 2008, teaching biology and researching social and policy aspects of science and technology, particularly relating to biotechnology. During this time, she worked on a technology assessment framework for Australia, called TASC (Technology Assessment in Social Context) as chief investigator, with Prof Frank Vanclay and Dr Heather Aslin, on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant. She has received awards for her research, teaching and community engagement work.
- International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values Regional (ACT) and Project of the Year National Awards, 2011 and Core Values Regional (ACT) Award, 2013 (as project manager)
- Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Australia, 2006
- Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Faculty Award, University of Wollongong, 2006
- Science and Innovation Award for Young People, Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, NSW award, 2003
- Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education, Australian College of Education, 2001
- Young Biophysicist Award, Australian Biophysics Society, 1995
- Young Endeavour Science Award (Federal Government), 1992