South Australia Chapter

Roy Sneddon

Roy Sneddon.gifResearch Grants Officer, Research Branch
The University of Adelaide

Roy Sneddon is the current Convenor of the SA Chapter Committee, previously having 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.


Dr Ixchel Brennan

Ixchel Brennan.pngPartner: Corporate Engagement and Development
ITEK Ventures Pty Ltd
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.

Ixchel’s role at ITEK supports the development and strengthening of long-term relationships with industry partners and researchers. 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.


Communication Officer
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. 




Elodie Janiver

Elodie Janvier smaller.jpgA/Manager - Research Administration|Senior Research Administrator
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Flinders University

Prior to starting her career in Research Development and Administration, initially at the University of Adelaide and now at Flinders University, Elodie has worked as a Scientist and Engineer for a significant range of Companies, Laboratories and Governmental Organisations across France and Germany. The combination of her experience in carrying out Research & Development projects in the academic, defence and industrial sectors, together with her expertise in Quality Management makes Elodie well suited for positions requiring high-level analytical skills, project management and strategic leadership.

Elodie’s current role is to provide leadership and contribute to the ongoing development and strategic direction of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University by providing high level management support and policy advice to the Faculty Executive Dean, General Manager, Associate Head of Faculty (Research) and the Faculty Research Committee. She also leads and facilitates the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the Faculty’s research capacity and co-ordinate major initiatives to increase research activity and improve success in research grant funding and research output across the Faculty.



Kay Govin

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


Committee Member
Susan Soleil




Committee Member
Michael Crisp

Senior Research Analyst
Business Intelligence and Planning
University of South Australia


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.