New South Wales Chapter

Kathy Homan

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Manager, Research Support
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.



Dr 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
Dr Ross Hill

Dr Ross Hill.JPGResearch Development Manager
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
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
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. 




Committee Member
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.


Committee Member
Emily Brennan

Accredited Research Manager (Professional)

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

Emily plans and implements projects that support Macquarie University’s Strategic Research Framework. Projects areas include researcher development and the coordination of Macquarie’s Early Career Researcher Support Strategy, Macquarie University Research Centres and research innovation. 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. Throughout her career she has maintained a focus on learning and development, having worked in roles supporting professional University staff and researchers. She recently received Accredited Research Manager (Professional) accreditation through ARMS. Emily enjoys building support for the research management profession through her role on the ARMS NSW Chapter.


Committee Member
James C. Walsh


JW.jpgResearch Development Associate
University of Technology, Sydney

James is a Research Development Associate currently on secondment to the Strategic Grants Development Team in the Research and Innovation Office (RIO) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

James contributes to developing UTS researchers' competitiveness for Category 1 grants and fellowships, with a focus on early career academics (across all disciplines). He engages with academics to identify what drives their research, critically evaluating their research track record, and assisting them to develop and sharpen competitive research funding applications by providing long-range one-on-one strategic advice and editorial feedback, and also via tailored seminars for discipline groups.

James has previously held various positions in the academic, professional, and music publishing sectors, and as a freelance technical writer. Before joining UTS, James spent 5 years in the central research office at the University of Wollongong, where he gained broad experience in pre- and post-award grants processes and in curating and delivering researcher development initiatives.

As a NSW Chapter committee member, James looks forward to contributing to the enrichment of ARMS NSW chapter members through co-curating targeted seminar and event offerings, in order to provide a voice to Chapter members for exchanging and learning from research administration and management experiences.


Committee Member
Stephanie Macmillan


Stephanie Macmillan[2].jpgTranslational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) 
Program Manager

Stephanie Macmillan is the Program Manager of the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) where she is responsible for the operations and governance of the Centre. The TCRN aims to accelerate the translation of evidence into practice and she works with academics and clinicians across the network to meet this goal. Stephanie has over 7 years’ experience working in research management including roles as a Grants Officer at the UNSW Grants Management Office and Grants Project Officer and A/Manager, Research Grants and Development with the Cancer Institute NSW where she managed the competitive grants program. Through her role as a member of the ARMS NSW Chapter, she looks forward to contributing to the development of a program to support NSW members.





Committee Member
Helen Cameron

HELEN CAMERON-WEB-1016 (002).jpgExecutive Officer
Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Helen is Executive Officer for the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation). In this role Helen is responsible for providing high level advice, analysis and support to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), including the management of business and projects, to ensure the effective operation of the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation). Helen is the Executive Officer for the Office of the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Newcastle. In this role Helen is responsible for providing high level advice, analysis and support to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), including the management of business and projects across the Research and Innovation Division. 

Helen has a great deal of experience working in research management, including managing research Centres in rural and remote areas of NSW. Helen has a strong interest in research capacity development and has undertaken research Helen has undertaken projects relating to research capacity building in rural areas, including overseeing the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development program within the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health and an evaluation of the Researcher Development Program. She has also been involved in undertaking research involving rural workforce, including the Point of Care Testing Trial in General Practice. Helen is currently involved in an OLT funded Innovation and Development Grant (Re)claiming social capital: improving language and cultural pathways for refugee students into Australian Higher Education. She is also currently involved in the HEPP National Priority Project titled 'Indigenous enabling: 'what works'? Developing a national conversation around enabling education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a comprehensive audit of current provision'projects relating to research capacity building in rural areas, including overseeing the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development program within the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health and an evaluation of the Researcher Development Program.