Western Australia Chapter

Ashley Schoof

Ashley Schoof 2017.jpgResearch Development Officer
Telethon Kids Institute

Ashley is a Research Development Officer at the Telethon Kids Institute. Ashley has a broad role in Research Development, with responsibilities that include managing Internal Funding Schemes, supporting commercialisation projects, contracts management and strategic reporting.

Prior to his role in Research Management, Ashley has had a variety of roles, including research into drug responses in childhood leukaemia and as a multi-disciplinary medical scientist in a diagnostic pathology laboratory. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science with Honours.

Recently, Ashley has taken up the role as co-convenor for the WA ARMS Chapter and is passionate about supporting the development of skills and knowledge for research managers in WA and promoting research management as a rewarding career in science and academia.



Tara McLaren 

Tara M.jpgResearch Development Adviser
The University of Western Australia


With a background in Psychology and Education, I have worked in the higher education sector for over a decade.  I have recently been appointed as University Research Impact & Engagement Manager at UWA. As an ARMS committee member I am interested in sharing an understanding about how the research functions of a university can work together to improve outcomes.  I am also particularly interested in knowledge translation and research impact.






Sandra Green

Sandra Green.jpg

Research Contract Adviser
Edith Cowan University


Sandra Green is currently the Treasurer of the WA Chapter Committee and Research Contract Adviser (Office of Research and Innovation) at Edith Cowan University. Previous roles in research management include research project manager and coordinator research support at Edith Cowan University.  Prior to research management, Sandra completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Business Law and completed various accounting and auditing roles.





Claire McIlroy

Claire McIlroy.jpgResearch Development Adviser
University of Western Australia


Claire has 25 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector having worked as a teaching and research academic, academic project manager and administrator and, in most recent years, as a Research Development Adviser at the University of Western Australia. In conjunction with her role in research development Claire is also an active member of a number of research-based organisations in her field of research, medieval history. “As a committee member I am particularly interested in assisting ARMS in achieving its strategic goal to support and enhance the global delivery of research excellence”.



Laila Simpson

Laila-Simpson.jpgManager of Business Intelligence and Analytics
University of Western Australia

Laila is the Manager of Business Intelligence and Analytics (Research & Staff) at the University of Western Australia. In her role she develops predictive analytics for University-wide integrated strategic plans, planning process and initiatives with particular interest in research and reputational analytics. Her role includes project management of the Excellence in Research Australia.





Committee Member
Hinke van Gelder

Hinke van Gelder.jpgSenior Grants and Contract Officer
Murdoch University

Hinke started her career as a lawyer in Holland and obtained a Bachelor of Psychology at Murdoch University. As a Grants and Contracts Officer her main focus is on legal issues and contract management. “I think ARMS is a perfect platform for the exchange of ideas and to increase a broad understanding of global developments in research management. I look forward to creating opportunities to learn from each other.” 







Committee Member
Lorraine Mayhew

Lorraine Mayhew.jpgSenior Administration Officer
University of Notre Dame

Lorraine has worked at the University of Notre Dame Australia for the past nine years and is currently employed as the Senior Administrative Officer in the Research Office. Before moving to Australia she worked in London as a Contract Manager within the Civil Service.  “As a committee member I am enjoying promoting and supporting professional development and encouraging networking within the university sector and am able to develop my own knowledge and skills as well as others”.





Committee Member
Robyn Kenneally



Committee Member
Jane Crier