New South Wales Chapter

Co-Convenor 
Debbie Docherty

Debbie Docherty.jpgDirector, Grants Management Office
UNSW Australia

Debbie Docherty is the Director of the Grants Management Office (GMO) at UNSW Australia where she is responsible for the delivery of high quality research management services to UNSW researchers. Debbie has been at UNSW since August 2011 initially as a Senior Research Development Manager, and then as Acting Director of the Research Strategy Office and most recently as Deputy Director, GMO. With a background in nursing, Debbie’s research development and management experience roles include the Westmead Millennium Institute and the University of Western Sydney. In 2008 Debbie consolidated her research management expertise by working for 3 years on the funding side of the competitive grant sector at the Cancer Institute NSW where she managed and restructured the $28m competitive grants program.

 


 

Co-Convenor 
Kathy Homan

Kathy Homan.jpgResearch Support Manager, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
University of Sydney

Kathy has worked in the Higher Education Sector continuously since 1998, with the last 16 years specifically in research administration roles. Her diverse experience spans both central (University-wide) and local (Faculty) based roles allowing for a varied perspective of strategy and priorities across research-intensive and rural institutions in HASS and STEMM discipline areas. Kathy has a strong interest in researcher development and is a vocal advocate of addressing the underrepresentation of women in STEMM. As a NSW Chapter Committee Member, Kathy is an enthusiastic to supporter for the enhancement of members’ skills and expertise to be leaders in the profession of research management.

 


 

Committee Member
Dr Ross Hill

Dr Ross Hill.JPGResearch Development Consultant
Macquarie University

Ross works closely with researchers across all science disciplines to develop high quality research proposals. In this role, Ross also aims to identify, develop and implement programs and initiatives aimed at increasing researcher effectiveness in research funding endeavours. Ross has 10 years of experience in biological research completed at UTS and UNSW, having held two highly competitive postdoctoral fellowships and receiving funding from the ARC and other agencies. As a NSW ARMS Committee Member, Ross is excited to assist in the development of conferences, events and discussions that benefit the careers of NSW Chapter members. 

 

 


 

Committee Member
George Carayannopoulos

George Carayannopoulos.jpgHead of Higher Degree Research Administration Centre
University of Sydney

George has held a number of senior positions in higher education management and is currently the Head of the Higher Degree Research Administration Centre at the University of Sydney. He has a background in policy development, analysis and evaluation and has undertaken postgraduate research in public policy collaboration and coordination. He has a strong interest in research training, researcher support and development and in recent years has presented a number of papers at; International Network of Research Management Societies Congress (INORMS), Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR), the Higher Education Research Development Society (HERDSA) and the Research Workforce Forum.


 

Committee Member
Yordanka Krastev

Krastev_photo.jpgClinical Research Manager at MQ Health
Macquarie University

Yordanka is responsible for the development of a strategic plan for clinical research across MQ Health.  She is a medical doctor, has a degree in health management and a PhD in medical ethics. Yordanka has over 10 years’ experience in teaching and research in primary health care, public health, and medical ethics and in researcher management in Australia and overseas. Her expertise spans from streamlining of ethics and governance processes to implementation of efficiencies in current management practices. Yordanka has been a member of the ARMS since 2010, and a member of the ARMS Ethics and Research Integrity Special Interest Group since 2012. As a member of the NSW Chapter Committee, she aims to raise awareness about the importance of good research management practices and the value they add in the conduct of research in different sectors.


 

Committee Member
Louise Wedlock

LouiseWedlock.jpgDeputy Director, Higher Degree Research Office
Macquarie University

Louise is an experienced researcher in bioinorganic chemistry, holding postdoctoral positions previously at the University of Western Australia and Griffith University. Louise’s passion lies in research support, training and administration, and completed the foundation level ARMS accreditation in 2014. She is currently the deputy director of the Higher Degree Research Office at Macquarie University and- oversees the operations of the full lifecyle of HDR across all disciplines, as well as one of the HDR largest scholarship programs in Australia, and Australia’s largest Cotutelle and joint PhD program. As a committee member Louise is keen to facilitate networking between research administrators in NSW particularly to increase the involvement from the higher degree research sector in the broader research enterprise.

 

 

 

 


 

Committee Member
Rachel White

RachelWhite cropped.jpgQuality Management Systems Manager
ANSTO

Currently seconded to the Office of Innovation and Science Australia working in the 2030 innovation and science strategy taskforce.Rachel works in integrated management systems and coordinates the ISO9001 certifications for ANSTO. She has been involved in the quality, safety, environmental and regulatory management systems for a number of years, most within the research areas of ANSTO. In her earlier roles with ANSTO she was a laboratory manager for a major user facility and was heavily involved in user access and safety reviews of experiment proposals.

 


 

Committee Member
Emily Brennan

Project Coordinator, Pro Vice-Chancellors (Research)
Macquarie University

Emily plans and implements projects that support Macquarie’s Strategic Research Framework. Projects include developing and coordinating Macquarie’s Early Career Researcher Support Strategy, the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot, and progressing a Data Science and eResearch strategy. Prior to this role, Emily was Research Manager at the ANU’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies and before that was Communications and Training Officer with the Grants Management Office at UNSW.  In addition to current projects, her experience in research management has spanned grant proposal development, prize applications, researcher and research administrator events and communications, and innovation. Throughout her career she has maintained a strong focus on learning and development, having worked in roles supporting professional University staff, research management staff and researchers. She looks forward to contributing to building support for the research management profession through her role on the ARMS NSW Chapter.


 

Committee Member
Yamini Sandiran

Yamini Sandiran.JPGDeputy Director Research Operations and Management, Research &  Innovation Office
University of Technology Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Committee Member
Annette Harris

Annette Harris.jpgTeam Leader, Projects Team
Charles Sturt University


Annette is Team Leader of the Projects Team in the University’s central Research Office .  Annette and her team are responsible for facilitating institutional level support in all areas of grant development and contractual administration.  Annette has over 18 years experience in research management within both the higher degree student and grants management portfolios.   As a NSW ARMS Committee Member, Annette has welcomed the opportunity for a regional University to join the Committee membership for the first time and hopes to raise the profile of ARMS within Charles Sturt University, as well as work with others on the Committee to provide a vibrant set of professional development opportunities for all staff in research management across New South Wales, taking into consideration the possibilities of expanding the Chapters activities to an online presence to enable greater networking and engagement potential.