A distillation of our finest news and projects.

Welcome Russell Higgins - Principal Human Factors Consultant

Distilled Consulting is delighted to welcome Russell Higgins on board as Principal Human Factors Consultant.

Russell has a strong reputation as a pragmatic, outcomes-driven Human Factors (HF) specialist. Russell has extensive experience in the application of HF integration in a career spanning more than 30 years, including major rail infrastructure projects following nearly a decade with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) in HF leadership roles.

Distilled Consulting’s Managing Director, Todd Shardlow: "I am thrilled to welcome Russell to the team as we continue to grow our client base and deliver major projects all around Australia. Russell has already stepped onto a significant Distilled Consulting project as HF Lead for a major rail client, supporting the delivery of brownfield infrastructure upgrades which will unlock capacity and enable the delivery of more train services for rail commuters."


Distilled Consulting Appointed to ARTC Inland Rail Support Services Panel for Safety Services

Distilled Consulting are proud to announce that, after an extensive tender and evaluation process, we have been successfully appointed to ARTC Inland Rail’s Support Services Panel for Safety Services.

Inland Rail is a fast freight backbone spanning more than 1,700 km that’s transforming how goods are moved around Australia. As the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia, it’s better linking businesses, manufacturers and producers to national and global markets and generating new opportunities for industries and regions.


Distilled Consulting Awarded Major ISA Contract on Sydney Metro West & Western Sydney Airport Projects

Distilled Consulting has been awarded a major Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) contract on the Sydney Metro West & Western Sydney Airport projects. 

Distilled Consulting is proud to be leading the Human Factors ISA services as part of the Abbott Risk Consulting team of ISA experts for these landmark Sydney Metro projects.  The new Sydney Metro West and Western Sydney Airport lines will continue the expansion of the Sydney Metro network, the largest program of public transport infrastructure currently under construction in Australia and the largest urban rail infrastructure investment in the nation’s history.


Distilled Consulting Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Today, Distilled Consulting celebrates its 1st anniversary.

Managing Director, Todd Shardlow, reflected "Starting up a new business and making it through the first 12 months is always hard going - just ask any founder. To have started an exciting new Human Factors consultancy in the middle of a global pandemic and not just survived, but thrived – is something that I am incredibly proud of."

Time for a well deserved Distilled beverage to celebrate!


Distilled Consulting Becomes Member of RISSB

Distilled Consulting is thrilled to be admitted as a new member to the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB). 

Managing Director, Todd Shardlow, remarked "Distilled Consulting is proud to have been accepted as a member of RISSB. We are an enthusiastic supporter of the work RISSB do, and Distilled Consulting looks forward to actively participating in future RISSB activities to help drive continuous improvement in the Australian rail industry."



"Finding Your Way" - UTS Human Factors Career Panel

Distilled Consulting's Managing Director, Todd Shardlow, featured as a panellist on the recent "Finding Your Way" series of UTS career panel events.

A collaboration between the UTS Engineering Society and the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) NSW Branch, Todd was invited to share his career journey and experience in the field of Human Factors.

"It was a privilege to be asked to be a panel member for the UTS "Finding Your Way" Career Panel event. It was energising to see the interest and enthusiasm the next generation have for both HF and engineering and support them as they take their first steps into these fields", said Todd.


Launching Distilled Consulting

Hello colleagues and friends,

For the past 17-odd years, you've heard me extol the virtues of Human Factors in the organisations I’ve worked with.

It's been an ongoing source of professional and personal enthusiasm to advocate for, and help in the design of, complex systems and workplaces that can provide safe environments where that fuzzy 'grey' area of human behaviour is integrated alongside black and white system behaviour.

Today I'm excited to announce that I've already taken new steps on this journey, with the official launch of my new business, Distilled Consulting.