Harbinger Consultants

Culture + Complexity + Change


JM John Armstrong has held executive and senior management roles in higher education, enterprise and government. Prior to establishing Harbinger Consultants and developing a vibrant consultancy practice, he worked as the manager of an Indigenous business development hub funded by three levels of government with strategic partnerships with the corporate sector. He has worked with many organisations to develop and facilitate strategy, policy and change. An experienced project manager and formerly CEO of a creative enterprise incubator, John was a member of the Board of the Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency and the chair of an arts and disability organisation. He has also participated in government initiatives in placemaking, creative city and urban agriculture. Formerly Project Manager of Campfire Group and Fire-Works Gallery, John developed and managed international, metropolitan and regional cultural projects to facilitate intercultural exchange, cultural export, market development and professional development focused on Indigenous art and artists. As a contemporary artist, practicing in the 1970s and 80s, Armstrong traveled widely and his artwork is held in many public collections. He has represented Australia in international cultural events including the Sao Paolo Biennale and Paris Biennale. He currently serves on the Boards of Kurbingui Sporting Association Inc and Art from the Margins.

Linda Carroli has worked across community, urban, organisational and cultural contexts with a special interest in stakeholder engagement and consultation. She is a sessional academic and researcher in the School of Design at QUT. As a freelance and independent consultant, she has worked in the arts, museum and heritage sector, creative industries and urban environment. The diverse scope of her work has included reporting and analysis, public relations, community consultation and engagement, planning and policy, program evaluation, project management, publishing and information/digital content management. She has also worked as a Community Engagement and Planning Consultant with Conics and Senior Consultant/Community Development Manager with The Hornery Institute where she worked on the Strategic Community Development Plan for the River City Blueprint’s Inclusive City Strategy and other research projects. She chaired a national art, science and technology organisation, the Australian Network for Art and Technology, and was formerly the editor of an international art, science and technology electronic magazine, fineArt forum. She was a member of the state government’s Ministerial Regional Community Forum for the Greater Brisbane Region and is currently serving as Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia Brisbane. As an award winning writer, she publishes in a range of media both nationally and internationally including a regular column for Arts Hub about urban innovation and creativity. She is also the recipient of a Centenary Medal for ‘long and distinguished service in the arts’. Having completed studies in media, cultural studies and heritage and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in urban planning and design and currently working on her thesis investigating the interplay of politics, policy and urban infrastructure.

See Linda’s graphic Vizify bio or visit her Linkedin Profile.

Harbinger Consultants builds and leads project teams specific to each project. We are pleased to undertake projects in partnership with selected Partners and our network of Associates.

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