President's Welcome

Campbell Thomson.jpg Welcome to the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS).

I am fortunate enough to be taking up the Presidency of ARMS for a second term – a decade on….

Ten years ago, ARMS was an entirely volunteer society structured around an annual conference for research management professionals and a sprinkling of state-based chapter activities. Today we still have the annual conference as our centre piece but now have an executive office of five staff to help support our growing number of activities. These include a very successful accreditation program for research managers and administrators; study tours and senior executive forums; a growing number of locally organised chapter activities; an advocacy panel; special interest groups; and we now reach into neighbouring countries in our region to include Singapore as one of our active chapters and are delivering accreditation training into Vietnam. I am excited by how far we have come in 10 years, including how professional the society now is and how strong our resource base is to deliver even more activities for our members in the future. It is a credit to past Boards to bring us to this point and I hope to ensure that this growth continues.

ARMS is dedicated to the professional development of research managers and administrators. We have a vision to create an internationally-connected community of practitioners who help support the global delivery of research excellence. Our members are facilitators and enablers from a diverse range of organisations creating a rich tapestry of skills and expertise.

Please join us on our journey. I guarantee you will develop lasting networks and friendships, and importantly will be able learn and share knowledge and know-how that will enrich your role in research management.  

Campbell Thomson

President, ARMS