Western Australia Chapter

The WA ARMS Chapter Committee organises a number of annual events for WA ARMS members aimed to foster engagement and to build knowledge. The Chapter is happy to receive feedback and suggestions from members and can be contacted at arms_wa@researchmanagement.org.au


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.



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 was awarded 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.



Laila Simpson

Laila-Simpson_WEB640_white_solid.jpgManager, Research Impact and Assessment, The University of Western Australia

I began my career in research after completing my undergrad in public health and genetics as a research associate at the Telethon Kids Institute, working on a case-control study. In 2013, I completed a PhD in genetic epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea then spent some time as a Policy Officer with the Reproductive Technology Council of Western Australia. In 2014, I stepped back into the higher education sector as a research analyst, undertaking project management of the University of Western Australia's submission for the Excellence in Research for Australia.

I now manage the Research Impact and Assessment in the Office of Research Enterprise at the University of Western Australia. In this role I help to support academics and I am embedding a research impact culture at UWA. Our office looks after award processes, manages our crowd source  platform and produces and publishes research impact stories. Our team coordinated the Engagement and Impact Assessment for the University of Western Australia. I have a keen interest in research information and analytics and how this can be used to strategically drive improvement in research performance and support of research. 

Working with the WA Chapter for ARMS allows me to coordinate events that bring research administrators together. Learning from and sharing with peers, each with out incredibly niche expertise, can lead to great outcomes and better processes. 


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
Bahareh Badrian

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I am the Industry Engagement Co-ordinator at the University of Notre Dame Australia, a role I started in 2017. I support and facilitate partnerships for research involving industry in addition to developing strategy and enabling mechanisms to build the University's capacity and capability in this space. I work across the University's three campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney and the clinical schools in NSW and Victoria. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything I do both professionally and personally, which I believe is the key to sustainable and beneficial research partnerships.

I have extensive experience in research development and career development and work as a consultant, providing training and reviewing funding applications. I have over 10 years' experience as a research scientist, and for the past seven years have been involved in mentoring programs to help foster the next generation of scientists.




Committee Member
Claire Prenter

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Manager Contracts & Projects in the Research Office at Curtin University

I am a qualified lawyer who has practised throughout Australia, practising in both major firms and regional practice. For the last 6 years I have had various roles in the Research Office at Curtin, including commercial contractual work, change design and management, and project management.

I have been a board member of The Settlement, an organisation in Redfern, Sydney that provides social housing and community programs aimed at youth and designed to support and help strengthen young families, and Volunteering North Queensland, a Volunteer Resource Centre.

I have a commitment to personal and professional excellence, and use my broad commercial, corporate, and research administration experience to deliver meaningful outcomes. 







Committee Member
Dhruv Shah

Dhruv Shah 1.jpgDhruv is a Senior Research Officer and the NHMRC Program Lead at Curtin University. He provides a personalised and proactive service to Curtin researchers by reviewing and developing research proposals, interpretation of funding rules and associated funding requirements, and providing reporting, contractual and project management guidance for demand-driven and researcher-driven research. As an ARMS Committee Member, Dhruv is aiming to facilitate appropriate research management information sessions and techniques to better current body of knowledge among research administrators.









Committee Member
Di Arnott

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Di Arnott has worked in research management at The University of Western Australia since 2011 - first managing research centres (Centre for Strategic Nano-Fabrication; Centre for Neonatal Research and Education). She was the Research Development Officer at UWA's Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences from 2017-March 2019, and is now in the same role in the Faculty of Science.

Di works closely with researchers to increase their research income from a broad range of funding sources, and develop their cases.




Committee Member
Leylani Taylor

LT 2019[1].jpgI have been working in the Tertiary sector for 12 years in a range of roles across two institutions, and within both central and Faculty functions.

Currently a Research Support Officer at University of Western Australia in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education I am passionate about bridging the divide between the 'hard' and 'soft' sciences. I am a firm believer that there should be greater emphasis on encouraging cross discipline and collaborative research for a more streamlined approach to our global grand challenges.










Committee Member
Liam Casey

LiamCasey.jpgI am an experienced research administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education sector. I am currently the Coordinator for The Centre for Exploration Targeting at The University of Western Australia. Previous roles include Research Centre Coordinator of the Centre for Applied Social Research at RMIT University, and Administrator of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. Prior to research management, I worked mainly within the Library & Information Management sector. As an ARMS WA committee member, I am especially interested in assisting with the organisation and implementation of professional development activities specifically for Western Australia.





Committee Member
Robyn Kenneally