Stephen Hannan

Stephen Hannan
Executive Director, Research Engagement, Development and Innovation
Western Sydney University

I am an experienced and passionate research management professional having worked across a number of research functions commencing in my current role as the Executive Director, Research Engagement, Development and Innovation (REDI) at Western Sydney University in Jan 2016. In this role I hold responsibility for the full range of research support functions covering pre and post award, scientific facilities, research systems and reporting, ethics and integrity, business development and commercialisation. Prior to this position, I was at The University of Newcastle in a range of roles, moving into research management in 2008 as Newcastle’s ERA Project Manager. In my time at Newcastle I was responsible for a wide range of core research support functions including Research Systems, Research Reporting, Ethics and Integrity and the Animal Services Unit. In 2015 I was successful in obtaining a short secondment to the ARC to assist the Research Excellence team during the ERA 2015 assessment. All of my experience is backed by a Masters in Dispute Resolution from The University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Newcastle.

If elected as an ARMS Board Member I will:

  • Support the expansion of the ARMS Professional Development Program;
  • Continue to promote the collaboration of research professionals through mechanisms such as the Special Interest Groups (SIG) and local chapters and;
  • Work to develop the relationship between the research sector and industry.

I am currently an assessor for the ARMS Foundational Level Accreditation and an active supporter of the program with Western having hosted ARMS foundation courses for the past three years. I strongly believe that the approach ARMS has adopted is the right way to provide a common knowledge base across the sector, raise the professionalism of research administration and increase the prestige and esteem of research management professionals.

I am active in the ARMS community being the current ARMS representative on the ORCID working party, a member of the Governance, Finance and Audit Committee, an active member of both the Research Office Directors SIG and the Research Information and Reporting SIG and a member of the ARMS 2018 Conference Program Committee. I have presented at ARMS and other conferences on the subject of research quality and research systems, chaired national system user groups, conference sessions and SIG meetings. There is a great deal of knowledge contained within ARMS and its membership and I will promote the activation of SIGs and Chapters to enable all research professionals to benefit from the collective expertise of our members.





Research professionals play a significant role in bridging the gap between publicly funded research institutions and industry. My experience gained through working with business development professionals, individual industry partners and on industry lead initiatives has shown me the value research professionals bring to this environment. Our ability to identify opportunities, match industry problems with research expertise and opening paths to funding is key to enabling collaborations between industry and the research sector. If elected to the board, I will focus on expanding the capacity and knowledge of our members to interact with industry partners, and to work with industry partners to help them understand the benefits of collaboration with the sector.

I have a great passion for the work that we, as research management professionals do. Our work improves the conduct of research, protects the public, our researchers and our organisations, and helps bring industry and academia closer together to benefit the nation.