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.jpgSenior Manager Research Development
Telethon Kids Institute

After completing a Bachelor of Psychology at UWA, I lived in the UK for nine years where I re-trained as a Primary Teacher, working in both the government and private school systems. Since my return to Australia in 2005, I have worked in the Higher Education sector across a number of roles including: Research Development Advisor, Communications Manager, General Manager, Marketing Manager, and as Manager of Impact and Engagement.  I currently lead the research development and commercialisation team at the Telethon Kids Institute.

I have a particular interest in supporting researchers secure research funding and to translate their research into outcomes that benefit the community.

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 also have a particular interest 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
Ashleigh Roberts

AshRoberts.jpgTeam Leader, Graduate Research Office
Murdoch University

I have worked in the Research & Innovation Office at Murdoch for just over 9 years and am the Murdoch Coordinator for AWARE, a collaboration between the WA graduate research schools with a mission to provide opportunities for graduate research students, early career researchers and research supervisors to evolve their knowledge, skills and experience. I am in the final stages of a Masters by Research project investigating the experience of PhD graduates, their perceptions, and those of academic supervisors and employers concerning industry engagement.

In 2016, I won the Social Impact Prize for the Start Something in Research Pitch Contest where I pitched my idea for a program to increase industry engagement in the PhD; and in 2017 wasawarded funding by the Perth Convention Bureau to present my research at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference.

I am passionate about encouraging high quality HDR research, and contributing to greater linkages between businesses and universities to find more innovative ways of approaching real workplace problems. I look forward to wearing my HDR Researcher hat, as well as my university professional staff hat when contributing to the ARMS Committee.



Committee Member
Jenn Radford

JennRadford cropped.jpgGrants and Contracts Officer
Murdoch University

Jenn started working in research management as support for the Knowledge Transfer and Ethics & Integrity departments, as well as basic administrative support for the Director of Research and Innovation. In this role she was exposed to Human Research Ethics Committee requirements, and other day-to-day processes in commercialisation. After moving to the role of Grants and Contracts Officer, she deals with all aspects of the Pre and Post-Award process.

She believes that collaboration in research is integral to successful outcomes, and the same is also true in Research Management. As a Committee Member, she’s looking forward to helping create opportunities that encourage inspiring discussions and debate about the research environment, and more importantly, the research management environments that we work in.





Committee Member
Robyn Kenneally