INORMS Governance

The INORMS network enables the officers of its member Associations to compare their national, international or regional issues, and to learn from each other.  Each member Association has its own distinct remit, constitution, membership and geographical base, but all face similar issues. Through INORMS, member Associations are able to transfer training course structure and content, adopt comparable support mechanisms, jointly develop training materials, and jointly influence policy.

The INORMS Council provides leadership for the network.  The Council is chaired by the President/Chair of the Association hosting the immediate past INORMS Congress currently the Chair of ARMA UK (from June 2018 – May 2020). The Incoming Chair also provides Secretariat support for the Council over a two-year period.  Broader membership of the Council is made up of the Chairs/Presidents of the Member Associations. The governance of the INORMS Council is underpinned by a set of Operating Principles which are reviewed annually by the Council.

The INORMS Council appointed a Working Group in September 2017 whose aims is to strengthen the value proposition of the network by progressing ideas and joint initiatives endorsed by the Council for the greater benefit of the network.  The INORMS Working Group is governed by a set of Terms of Reference.

INORMS Council Members


Steph Bales

Steph Bales is Director of Research and Innovation Services at Teesside University, with responsibility for strategy and policy; governance; external funding from grants and contracts; information systems; postgraduate researchers; and the Research Excellence Framework. Steph previously worked at Northumbria University for 12 years where she was Director for Research and Business Services.

Steph holds a Bachelor in Education and an MBA (Distinction) from Northumbria University. Prior to entering the Higher Education Sector, she worked in programme and project management, communications, and teaching. She is passionate about lifelong learning and professional development to improve the careers of others.

Steph Bales is the current Chair for The Association of Research Managers UK (ARMA UK), a position which she has held since August 2016. She also represents ARMA on Research England’s Forum for Responsible Metrics and JISC’s Research Information Management Group.

Council Members: 

Aline Pacifico

Aline Pacifico is the former (2016-2018) and current (2019-2020) President of Brazilian Research Administration and Management Association (BRAMA), organization founded in 2013 to enhance the professionalism of research manager within Brazilian universities, research institutes, funding agencies and other scientific and technological development institutions.

She holds a degree in Public Relations and an MBA degree in Strategic and Economic Management of Projects. She has been working for 18 years in the field of Research Administration in Healthcare Systems and Hospitals.

She is also member of the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA International) and holds a member representative role at International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS).

Annedorte Vad

Annedorte Vad is President of the Danish association for Research Managers and Administrators – DARMA. She has worked with RMA since the mid 1990’s. Her career started in a large-scale research project at the University of Copenhagen, since she became an Adviser in the Danish Ministry of Science where she was also a National Contact Point for the FP6 and FP7 programme. In 2007 Annedorte was headhunted by Copenhagen Business School to build the central research support she is now heading. Annedorte has vast experience of board work. She was on the first elected board of DARMA (from 2009 to 2013) and has been on the board of SRA International since 2014 where she has also been the President of the SRAI International Section. She was among the inaugural recipients of the INORMS award for excellence in Research Management Leadership in 2018.

Dr Christian Jagersma

Dr Christian Jagersma is the Chair of the ARMA-NL board. He has a MSc in Food technology (2004) and a PhD in Microbiology (2009) from the Wageningen University. Within the University Medical Centre Utrecht, he is a senior strategic advisor for the executive board and an EU grants specialist. He has a broad knowledge on life sciences & health complemented with experience in advising on and obtaining large and complex EU grants. He has a track record of successful grant applications in the field of Health, MedTech, Water technology, ICT, Life Sciences and Environmental technologies. He also worked as a National Contact Point with the Dutch Government for the FP7 and CIP programme in The Hague.

Dr Deborah Zornes

Dr. Deborah Zornes is the Director, Research Services at Royal Roads University and has been working in research administration and management since the 1990s. In her capacity as Director she is responsible for strategic and operational directions of research administration and support at the university, working with faculty to find research opportunities, assisting in the development submission of proposals, and the management and reporting of research activities. Deborah is also the current President of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). She holds a PhD from the University of Victoria (Canada) in Interdisciplinary Studies and her research interests focus on: 1) evaluating and measuring research effectiveness and quality, including outputs, outcomes and impacts; 2) the impact of corporatization on the university and the research undertaken/supported and what this means for the role of the university in society; and 3) research administration as a profession. Deborah also teaches research methods at the graduate level.

Ella Bingham

Ella Bingham is the current Chair of Finn-ARMA and the Executive Director of Foundation for Aalto University Science and Technology. Ella was previously the Vice Director and responsible for research administration at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT at Aalto and the University of Helsinki.

Personally Ella is also interested in science policy, research funding and science for policymaking. Her background is in statistical data analysis / data mining, artificial intelligence, and systems and operations research. Ella has almost 3000 citations and her h index is 16 in Google Scholar and her Erdös number is 3.

Dr Heidi A. Espedal

Heidi A. Espedal is currently the Director of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bergen, and the chair of the Norwegian Network for Administration and Research Management (NARMA).

Espedal has a PhD in radar physics and has spent 11 years working in the field of satellite remote sensing for use in environmental monitoring, before changing to research management in 2004. She worked as the Research director of the University of Bergen from 2013, before commencing at the Faculty of Medicine in 2018. Espedal has a broad knowledge of national and international funding of research (including the EU Framework programs), and was responsible for establishing a Brussel office for the University of Bergen in 2016. As chair of NARMA, Espedal is actively involved in establishing a Professional Development Program for Research Administrators in Norway. She also has a special interest in innovation and commercialization of research.

Dr. MU Rongping

Dr. MU Rongping, the president of Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy, received his Ph.D degree from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. He is Professor of Institutes of Sciences and Development of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and director-general of CAS Center for Innovation and Development.

He is Dean of School of Public Policy and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was director-general of Institute of Policy and Management of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIPM 2004-2014).

Dr. Mu is also the president of the China High-tech Industry Promotion Society, a member of Expert Committee on National Development Plan, a member of the Governing Board of International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC). He has involved in drafting policy documents concerning innovation capacity-building and strategic industry in China, and published more than 50 papers in peer-review.

Dr Pamisha Pillay

Pamisha Pillay is currently the Vice President of the Research Management portfolio of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). She has a PhD from the University of Cape Town and spent thirteen years working as a researcher and research manager at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa. She is currently employed as the Director of the Research and Consulting Support Unit at Wits Enterprise, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her Unit was awarded the Department of Science and Technology–SARIMA award for Organisation Excellence in Research Management for 2017. She has facilitated local and international research management workshops, served on the SARIMA conference planning committee and also chairs the International Professional Recognition Council (IPRC), a body that awards professional recognition of prior learning and experience for research managers in Southern Africa.

Dr Paul Winkler

Paul Winkler was originally trained as a biologist and anthropologist. For nearly 20 years he worked as a researcher at the University of Göttingen. His studies were focussed on the behavioural ecology of free-living monkeys in India and Nepal. From 2000 to 2015 he worked as a research administrator at the University of Göttingen, where he became head of the research department in 2011. Before his retirement in 2017 he was for two years the administrative director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Landuse in Göttingen. Between 2012 and 2017 he was member of the executive board of the German Research Administrators and Managers. In 2017 he became the CEO of FORTRAMA, the German Network of Research- and Transfermanagement.

Dr Ross McLennan

Dr Ross McLennan holds the position of Director, Office for Research Griffith University. He is also the current President of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS); representing over 3,500 members from universities, independent research institutions, government and health and research organizations from across the Australasian region including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

A native of the U.K., Ross has considerable international experience in setting up successful teams and enterprises in broad fields of research – in particular, in bringing together the expertise and needs of academia, industry, government and funding partners.

With a focus on organisational culture and co-development of new models of effective customer-focussed service delivery; he has overseen significant system and process redevelopments and improvements – delivering enhanced service provision; and contributed to a range of important strategic initiatives.

His previous positions include: Director, Research and Innovation Services at the University of South Australia; C.E.O. of Scannexus – a European Centre of Excellence based in Maastricht, Netherlands that pools the expertise of an international group of technological, clinical and academic organisations; and a leading role in the Scottish Academic Health Sciences Collaboration – establishing networks and facilitating the development of strategic collaborative partnerships between the Scottish Medical School community, public sector funding agencies, and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology research companies.

Tony Ventimiglia

Tony Ventimiglia is the Acting Executive Director of Research Administration Services at Auburn University providing oversight for the Offices of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Proposal Services and Faculty Support (PSFS).

Tony has been working in research administration since 1999 and has volunteered in various capacities within the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) at both the regional and national level. Tony serves as a frequent presenter to audiences both domestic and internationally and serves as faculty for Auburn University’s COMPASS research administration certification course. Tony has served as an NCURA Board member, Secretary and is currently serving as President in 2019.

Prior to his current employment, Tony worked at the Ford Foundation in New York for seven years. Tony has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph’s College (Political Science) and a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY Stony Brook (Public Affairs).

Úlfar Gíslason

Úlfar Gíslason is the chair of the IceARMA board. He is head of the Grants Office at the University of Iceland´s Division of Science and Innovation, where he has worked since 2010. The Grants Office is responsible for all international research grants at the University of Iceland, from project idea to audit and impact and Úlfar is specifically responsible for compliance issues and communication with external funders. Úlfar also represents Iceland on the Horizon 2020 Programme Committee for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Úlfar has a BA in Economics and a MA in International Relations and Diplomacy and an MPA in Public Administration.

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