Best Practice Research Management Workshop

Below are speakers and facilitators who will present at the Workshop.
Speakers and facilitators are listed in alphabetical order, by their surname.


BainDr Simon Bain is the Director of the Office of Research Integrity at the Australian National University. A principal area of interest is education of post-graduate students and research staff in the principles of the responsible conduct of research and he runs interactive workshops on these principles within the ANU. A veterinarian by profession, Simon has been involved in biomedical research programs earlier in his career. He has a strong involvement with the administration of the ANU Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee and has a keen interest in the replacement of animals by alternative methodology.

Simon's talk was titled "How and When Should We Educate Our Researchers in the Responsible Conduct of Research to be Most Effective?  Indeed Should we be Educating or Enforcing?". View the presentation here.


BertrandDr Suzanne Bertrand started her career as a scientist with Agri-Food Canada, following a PhD in plant molecular biology at Laval University in Québec city.  A strong interest in international affairs brought her to China, North Africa and the USA, where she was involved in various projects, first as a science expert, then as manager and entrepreneur.  She spent six years in the USA, first as research assistant professor at North Carolina State University, before launching a biotechnology start-up company.  Her expertise has been in managing external relationship, and building the engagement strategy for various projects. For the past four years, Dr Bertrand was Director, International Linkages for the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology of New Zealand.  She established an overarching framework for engagement for the Ministry, and developed the International Linkages Strategy.  She recently started a new venture as a consultant in strategy and international engagement.

Suzanne's talk was titled "Internationalisation: can some please tell me where is the global vilage?" View the presentation here.

bergerMaya Berger is Funding Manager at Research Professional and has worked within the Funding team for over five years. She is currently Funding Manager, overseeing the collection and maintenance of Research's funding data across all territories. In 2004 Maya obtained a joint honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and English Literature from McGill University in Canada, and in 2005 she completed a Master of Arts degree in Children's Literature from the University of Reading.



BlesingDr Meredith Blesing is Manager of Research Integrity at the University of Auckland, an appointment she took up in October 2010. In this role, which is a new one at the University, Meredith has a strong involvement in the management of ethics compliance within the University, biosafety management and research risk analysis. She also takes on the challenge of increasing awareness and educating research staff about all aspects of the responsible conduct of research. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, Meredith’s research background is in basic aspects of plant reproduction in horticultural species, initially with CSIRO and then the Waite Institute at the University of Adelaide. More recently Meredith took on research support and administrative roles within the University of Adelaide, including the use of advanced microscopy techniques in research and from 2007, she managed the development of the University’s ERA (Excellence in Research) submission.

CooperNicky Cooper has been Sales Director at Research Professional for 18 months. She manages a team of account managers and sales executives and is responsible for the commercial side of the business. Her remit is to ensure customers are getting value from their subscriptions in terms of accessing the right level of news and data as well as expanding our account management across the globe. Previously she has been Publishing Director of B2B trade publications, in print and online.



DaltonLinda Dalton is the Account Manager, Australia and New Zealand,for Research Professional. Linda has been with Research Professional for almost 6 months. She looks after the New Zealand market as well as a number of territories within Australia. Linda is responsible for ensuring her current clients are getting the most out of their subscriptions as well as expanding her current client base. Previously Linda worked for Fairfax Media as a Senior Account Manager.



FaulknerRawiri Faulkner is General Manager Maori at GNS Science. Rawiri has the role of building strong relationships which seek to unlock the innovation potential of iwi/Mâori communities for the benefit of all New Zealanders. He also provides support for GNS Science staff and management to ensure Mâori research and innovation is an integral part of what we do. Rawiri brings extensive experience to GNS Science which include previous positions at the Foundation for Research Science and Technology and the Ministry of Research Science and Technology, as well as a variety of roles in local government. He also holds a number of governance roles. He has Iwi affiliations to Ngâti Whakaue, Ngâti Huia, Ngâti Toa Rangatira and Ngai Te Rangi.


HardingProf Jane Harding, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Auckland is a medical graduate of the University of Auckland, and a Paediatrician specialising in newborn intensive care. She received her DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Professor Harding has served on a range of national and international academies and bodies including those of the Health Research Council of New Zealand, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and the Council of the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2001 and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002. In 2004 North & South magazine made her joint New Zealander of the Year.


HochmanDr Mark Hochman entered the research management profession in 1989 after three years working with Luminis Pty Ltd and venture capitalists in an attempt to commercialise intellectual property arising from work undertaken during a PhD from the University of Adelaide. It seemed a small step from managing his own research to managing other people's research! He is currently Senior Advisor in Research Policy and Strategy at the University of Tasmania.

Mark gave two presentations at the Workshop; please click on the relevant title to access the powerpoint slides. "Can we assess how effectively an institution has engaged in the responsible conduct of research?" and "Monitoring Research Performance to drive Evidence Based Strategy".


HookerDr John Hooker is Manager, Strategic Development (Research) at the University of Auckland. John has a PhD from the University of Glasgow and carried out postdoctoral research at Imperial College and the University of Aberdeen. He joined the University of Auckland in May 2009 from the UK where he was Principal Specialist in Terrestrial Ecology at Natural England, an agency of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Prior to this he was Professor of Environmental Science and Head of Research in the School of Applied Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. Previously John held positions that include Professor and Head of Department at Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of Research at the Scottish Government Environment and Rural Affairs Department. John has served on various UK and EU Committees, including NERC’s Science and Innovation Strategy Board and The Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture’s Research and Education Advisory Panel. John is a soil microbiologist by training, with his research focussing on plant-fungi symbioses. John currently heads the Strategic Development Unit at the university which focuses on developing and progressing policies and initiatives to help the university deliver high quality research.

John gave two talks at the Workshop. One was titled "Workshop  on  Research  Strategy Research  Institutes  as  a  Case  Study" and can be accessed here. The second was titled "Workshop  on  Research  Impacts The  UK  REF  as  a  Case  Study" and can be accessed here.


McArthurDr Dawn McArthur is a zoologist/physiologist with over 25 years of university research and teaching experience. She obtained her BSc (1st Hons) and MSc from the University of British Columbia and her PhD from the University of Alberta. She held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University (SFU). Since 1999, Dr McArthur has worked full-time as a research development facilitator, first as Senior University Grants Facilitator at SFU and, since 2003, as Senior Research Development Facilitator at the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI). At CFRI, she heads the Research & Technology Development Office, where her mandate is to enhance research excellence, capacity and competitiveness of the Institute’s multidisciplinary health research community. Dr McArthur has worked with researchers from all fields, and has an outstanding record for success of both individual grants and major collaborative proposals. She has given workshops locally and nationally on many topics related to research facilitation and to development of competitive research proposals and funding applications.

Dawn talk was titled "Research Facilitation: Managing the Credibility Challenge or how to win at balancing 'good cop' and 'bad cop'". View the presentation here.


TimRixonTim Rixon is the Manager Electronic Research Management at The University of Auckland, an appointment he took up in January this year.  This is a challenging new role at the university and is responsible for the systems, processes and people that support research management.   A graduate of the University of Bristol in the UK, Tim  and comes from a background of first teaching and more lately IT, in particularly project management.


SmartDr John Smart graduated from Massey University (New Zealand) in 1980 with a PhD in Biochemistry.  John also has a Master of Management from Victoria University (New Zealand) and a BSc (Hons) from Massey University. After postdoctoral positions in Auckland and Perth John’s working career started as a scientist working for the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute during which he published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as confidential industry reports. He was involved in several commercial developments including lactose-hydrolysed milkpowders and a range of probiotic milk products that enhance consumer wellbeing. Over 17 years working in the New Zealand dairy industry John held a number of management roles and transitioned from a science and technology focus to a marketing and innovation focus supporting branded consumer goods with new products and claims based on scientific and clinical validation. In 2001, John moved to a Group Manager role within the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (New Zealand’s public science funding agency), first in a strategy role and then in an operations role.  As Group Manager Investments, John was responsible for investments of over NZ$450M pa in research, science and technology and a team of around 50 staff. John joined the University of Auckland in late 2007 as Director Research Management and is responsible for administration of over $100m pa in research project funding via the Research Office.

John gave two talks at the Workshop,"Socrates, Q and you" measuring the research performance of individual researchers" and "Research Office Performance Medasurement: and link to University Objectives".


TaylorDr Paul Taylor has been responsible for ethics and integrity programs at the University of Melbourne since 2008. Prior to that he was the University’s Gene Technology and Biosafety Officer. In 2003 he completed a PhD in environmental microbiology. Paul believes strongly that paying attention to the principles of research integrity can deliver real improvements in research quality, and is an advocate for keeping detailed research records regardless of the discipline being practiced. In 2009, Paul was seconded to the University of Oxford to assist in the development of a policy on research data and records management – he feels as though he learnt a lot more than he left behind, but it was an invaluable experience.

Paul spoke on "Cultures of Research Ethics and Integrity" and his slides can be accessed here.


WalkerBrett Walker is General Counsel at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and is based in Canberra, Australia.  CSIRO has in excess of 50 research laboratories in Australia and overseas, in excess of 6,500 staff and a budget of approximately $1.3 million (AUD) per annum. CSIRO is involved in more than 740 research activities, working with leading scientific organisations in over 80 countries with partners and customers ranging from foreign governments, small companies to large multi-nationals and international foundations.  Brett leads the CSIRO Legal Team which comprises 35 lawyers located across Australia and is responsible for the provision of legal advice to CSIRO on all areas of its activities.  For a number of years Brett has also provided advice to the Australian Government on legal issues relating to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and other international treaties and protocols.  Brett holds Masters Degrees in Intellectual Property and Commercial Law from the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney (with Honours) and has previously been a Visiting Lecturer in Law at University of Canberra.

Brett's talk was titled "Research Contracting: CSIRO experiences and Australian Reflections" and the powerpoint slides can be viewed here.


WaltersTom Walters, Client Services Manager, Research Professional. Tom has been with Research Professional for over three and a half years. During that time he has been involved in the development of the Research Professional platform, and later rolling it out to institutions around the globe (including a seven month secondment to Research’s sister company, Research Africa). Since then, he has focused on supporting and training clients in their use of Research products with online training sessions as well as site visits to customers who require bespoke training and support.