Flinders Research NewsIntroducing the Director, Research Development and Support
I have recently commenced as the new Director, Research Development and Support (RDS) to lead the expansion of the Research Services Office to become a more holistic Research Development and Support team which now includes research development and commercialisation.
I am passionate about ensuring that Flinders researchers continue to receive high quality and responsive research support, timely knowledge regarding grant and funding opportunities and that opportunities for continuing researcher professional development are available.
Our key role at RDS is to help to foster and promote Flinders University’s research excellence.
As a former student (1987 – 1991; BSc(Hons)) I have a strong affinity with Flinders University and I am excited about being involved in the changes that are underway at Flinders.
As background, I have had over 15 years of Senior Executive experience in leading R&D organisations and have worked in the Not for Profit sector, Government and Private companies.
Prior to coming back to Flinders, I was intimately involved in supporting the research agenda for Australian training and skilling, in my role as National Manager, Research and Engagement at the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER).
I have also worked across a range of industries including transport as (Acting Chief Operating Officer of Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure), the water sector (Chief Executive of Water Research Australia), and primary industries (Manager, Research Operations with Meat and Livestock Australia). While living in Sydney I also worked at UNSW on two separate occasions- as the Managing Director of the UNSW Student Association, Arc@UNSW, and as a Commercial Business Development Manager with Unisearch. I started my career as a research chemist with DSTO (now DST Group).
In addition to being a Flinders science graduate (Hons), I have also completed a Master of Applied Science (UniSA), an MBA (Deakin) and Grad Dip Corporate Law (USyd) and I am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
I look forward to bringing a wealth of knowledge and industry experience to the newly transformed Research Development and Support division, to support us to provide valued services to Flinders researchers and our external partners.
Director, Research Development and Support