South Australia Chapter

Michael Crisp


Senior Research Analyst
Business Intelligence and Planning
University of South Australia

Michael has worked in South Australia’s universities for the past 15 years starting as an inorganic chemist synthesizing self-assembling platinum macrocycles before moving into science education and then research management. After project managing four successful ERA submissions for the University of South Australia and providing high level data analysis, modelling and forecasting for research excellence Michael made the move into UniSA’s office for Business Intelligence and Planning. Continuing his role as ERA project manager but expanding research performance monitoring to include world university rankings, impact and engagement evaluation, and their intersections with new technologies, marketing, teaching and learning reflects the changing role of the research manager in the contemporary university. Michael is also undertaking doctoral studies in the field of higher education policy with a focus on research evaluation, policy and funding.


Adam Finch

Adam Finch smaller.jpgAnalyst, Science Excellence
Science, Strategy & People

Adam Finch is CSIRO’s bibliometric analyst, working within the Science Excellence team, deploying publication analysis to demonstrate the academic impact of the organisation's research. He has worked in publication analysis for over a decade, initially as the bibliometrician for the global publisher Wiley-Blackwell before moving to Australia and working in the Research Office of Flinders University, then as a Solutions Consultant for the data provider Thomson Reuters. He is the author of several journal articles, book chapters and commissioned reports in bibliometrics, in which field he is currently undertaking PhD research at Swinburne University of Technology. 



Kay Govin

Research Manager, School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Flinders University


Communication Officer and Social Secretary
Dr Ixchel Brennan

Ixchel Brennan.pngProgram Manager: Future Industries Accelerator
University of South Australia

Ixchel has extensive experience working within a rapidly evolving higher education landscape and managing whole-of-institutional projects associated with this transformation for the future.  Across nearly six years, Ixchel has worked directly with senior management and has been responsible for managing the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation.

Prior to joining UniSA, Ixchel worked in research in the areas of appetite regulation and gastrointestinal function, and was awarded her PhD in 2009 from the University of Adelaide.

Ixchel has a wide range of experience working in the University sector, particularly in the development of strategies and initiatives to advance the University's research and innovation agenda. She has had a key role in building and maintaining strong networks, and developing effective working partnerships, both within the University and with a range of external stakeholders. To facilitate this, Ixchel has a comprehensive understanding of the breadth and depth of UniSA expertise, and the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively to support the translation of research into outcomes.


Committee Member
Roy Sneddon


Research Grants Officer, Research Branch
The University of Adelaide

Roy Sneddon was the previous Convenor of the SA Chapter Committee, and has served on the committee as Secretary. His experience in Research Administration covers a range of freelancing grant administration, finance, corporate services, contract and business management in both the University and Government sectors including; the University of Adelaide (current), UniSA, Flinders University, the Hanson Institute and the Joanna Briggs Institute, since 1997. Roy completed his Masters Degree in Health Administration (Flinders) with a project titled “Resolving the impact of value differences between hospital-based Researchers and Administrators: a Lean Thinking process review of competitive grant administration”, which won both the Australasian College of Health Service Management SA Prize for best paper, and the SA Health - Health Administration Award. Prior to this BGenst degree (Griffith) included minors in Commercial Law and Business Administration.



Committee Member
Karen Burke

Karen Burke.jpgManager
Grants Research Branch
University of Adelaide

Karen has extensive experience in research administration and management, gained over the past 20 years at a number of Australian universities including the ANU, the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, and UniSA. She has a degree in Arts and Education, and maintains a strong interest and involvement in ARMS and in the professional development of research administrators. She is currently the Manager of Research Grants at the University of Adelaide.




Committee Member
Mavourneen Casey

Mcasey.jpgDirector of Research
Office of the Vice Chancellor
Torrens University Australia

Dr Mavourneen Casey is the Director of Research at Torrens University Australia. Mavourneen joined Torrens University Australia in 2016 as an accomplished university lecturer with 15 years of experience including a strong record of academic leadership and an established track record in research. She earned her PhD at The University of Newcastle, School of Medicine and Public Health (2009) and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at The University of Queensland, School of Medicine prior to taking up a role as a teaching and research focussed academic at the medical school. The primary focus of her research has been both the mainstreaming of complementary medicine as well as medical education particularly focussing on the selection, progression and clinical reasoning outcomes of medical students.


Committee Member
Kathy Mott

Business Strategy
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Kathy Mott has worked in health and medical research for over 20 years, in the private sector, operating her own consulting company, with the higher education sector (UniSA) and now in the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Kathy has a track record in qualitative research, evaluation, business development and project management. As Manager of the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit in SAHMRI since 2012, Kathy has been responsible for growing, and managing a team of over 50 researchers, students and associates. Recently Kathy has moved into a new role at SAHMRI – Manager, Business Strategy – which will involve growing SAHMRI’s profile and relationships with industry across all SAHMRI Themes.