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 immediate past Chair for the Association of Research Managers and Administrators UK (ARMA UK), a position which she held from August 2016 – August 2020. She also represents ARMA on Research England’s Forum for Responsible Metrics and JISC’s Research Information Management Group.

Council Members: 

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.

Carlos Graeff Teixeira

Carlos Graeff Teixeira is Professor at the Unit of Infectious Diseases, Center for Health Studies, Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Brazil, since october 2019.  He graduated as physician and got a PhD in Tropical Medicine, 1991, at Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   He was a Full Professor at Health Sciences School, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, for 27 years, and coordinator for promotion of interdisciplinarity (2011-2016) and Dean of Research at the Office of Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies.   He is a founding member of Brazilian Research Administrators and Managers Association (2013) and Past-President (2013-2015).  He is currently BRAMA’s Vice-President.

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.

Debra Schaller-Demers

As MSK’s Senior Director, Research Outreach and Compliance, Debbie has more than 19 years’ leadership experience in research integrity and compliance. She also works as an adjunct lecturer for CUNY’s School of Professional Studies online graduate program teaching Introduction to Research Compliance, Ethics, and Integrity and the Practicum Capstone. She received the Adjunct Lecturer of Excellence Award in January 2021.

She currently serves as SRAI President and is Past-president, Northeast Section, recipient of the SRAI Excellence Award – Intermediate Level and Hartford-Nicholsen Award (2011), former SRAI Catalyst Editor and former EPDC Co-chair. She is a frequent facilitator, content creator, and/or track leader/programming working group chair in Research Ethics/Compliance or Leadership/Professional Development for all levels of SRAI programming and was inducted as SRAI Distinguished Faculty in 2012. She previously served on the Board of Directors (2012-15) and is on the Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO) communications committee.

She has presented for many professional organizations (US and globally): ARMA (UK), WCRI (Rio; Amsterdam, Hong Kong), INORMS (Melbourne; Edinburgh), PRIM&R, ARIO, APPE/RISE, JHU RAD, CAREB (CA), EARMA (Bologna), and as a webinar presenter for CARA (CA).

Debbie has authored research integrity articles for SRAI’s Journal of Research Administration, the SRA International Symposium (Best Paper Winner 2005, 2007, 2010) and Research Global Magazine. She authored a book chapter: “Building a Responsible Conduct of Research Program to Sustain an Institutional Culture of Research Integrity and Compliance,” for a research compliance textbook (2015) and the Research Compliance Framework module for SRAI’s LevelUP program. She has a background in graphic and fine art, conflict resolution, public education advocacy and holds a MS Degree in Organization and Management.

Dominique Michaud

Dominique Michaud is Director, Research Development in the Office of the Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies at Concordia University. Dominique has been active in research administration for over 30 years with prior appointments first as a research coordinator and then as a research advisor in humanities and social sciences at Université du Québec à Montréal before taking position at Concordia University in 2012. She is a Past President of ADARUQ, the Québec Association of University Research Administrators, and the incoming President of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA).

Dr Ella Bingham

Ella Bingham is the current Chair of Finn-ARMA and the Head of Research Services at Aalto University, Finland. She leads a service unit of 60+ research service professionals who help Aalto University’s researcher community in e.g. applying and handling external research funding, library resources, research information systems, research data management, open science, research assessments, the tenure track of professors, multidisciplinary collaboration platforms, sustainability, national cooperation between universities, profiling of research, and so on.

She is also Executive Director of Foundation for Aalto University Science and Technology. Personally Ella is 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. She holds a Doctor of Science degree and a Title of Docent in computer science.

Esther Philips

Esther Philips is the current Chair of EARMA. Esther has worked at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University for 28 years of which over 20 years has been in grant support. She gained experience in many aspects of the RMA field since she started in research administration, followed by project management, then moved to the pre-award side, giving grant advice and monitoring research policy developments on national and European level.

After completing a Master in Public Administration in 2014, she was a student in the 1st cohort of the EARMA Certified Research Manager Course of which she graduated in 2016. This was crucial for her change of focus towards providing grant advice to the scientific staff at the CML and taking up the role of research manager. She very much valued the experience in Brussels of the EARMA Leadership Course which helped her further develop her knowledge and expanded her network.

In 2016, she was appointed part-time the role of research manager at the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability and promoted to be the executive director of the Centre in 2019.

Esther is active within EARMA for a long time and is familiar with EARMA in a broad sense. She took part in many annual conferences where she also presented and chaired sessions, she has been member of the EARMA Working Group on the European Research Area, was one of the initiators to build an EARMA Alumni Network and, with great pleasure, chaired the Policy and Representation Committee for 2 years. Esther was elected Chairperson of EARMA at the General Assembly in Bologna and officially started her term as Chair at the beginning of September 2019.

Being a serious stakeholder for the European Commission is one of the accomplishments she helped realise while chairing the Policy & Representation Committee. She is convinced that we, as EARMA members, have a unique selling point towards stakeholders like the European Commission, namely, bring forward the Research Management and Administration perspective.

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.

Jennifer Stergiou

Jennifer Stergiou is Director of Research and Innovation Service at Northumbria University with responsibility for a wide range of research strategy, policy and support services including research grants and contracts, research systems, research quality and REF, researcher development, research policy, research funding and innovation. Jennifer previously worked as Head of Research Operations and Head of Research Performance and Governance at the University of Leeds for 10 years.

Jennifer is committed to the professionalisation and recognition of the research management and administration sector, and to improving the way in which we work together across the sector. Jennifer is a member of the Research Organisations and Councils Group (ROCG) and the Snowball Metrics project, and represents the Association of Research Managers and Administrators UK (ARMA UK) on a number of sector groups including the UUK/JISC Content Negotiation Strategy Group and JISCs UK PIDs (Persistent Identifiers) Group .

Jennifer has been on the ARMA UK Board of Directors since 2016 and was Director of Training & Development before undertaking a year as Chair Elect and then becoming Chair of the Association on 1st August 2020.

Dr Karen Eck

Karen Eck, PhD, is Assistant Vice President for Research at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia USA. In this role, she interfaces with internal and external entities in support of research development and policy, research strategic planning and partnerships, and regional and other initiatives on behalf of the Office of Research. Dr. Eck joined ODU as Director of Research Development and managed a team of 6 grant development professionals from 2009-2015 with oversight of intramural funding programs, limited submissions, faculty workshops, and proposal support functions for faculty and administrators across ODU’s six colleges. She served on the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) Board of Directors from 2015-2019, as President in 2018-2019, Immediate Past President in 2019-2020 and currently co-chairs the Strategic Alliances Committee and International Working Group. Prior to joining ODU, Dr. Eck was the biomedical Grants Officer at McGill University in the Office of the Vice-Principal for Research and International Relations in Montreal, Canada. She has presented numerous talks and workshops on grant writing, research development, peer review, team science and foundation funding, including developing a webinar series on the National Institutes of Health for the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). Dr. Eck is fluent in French and English and studied and worked in a French-speaking environment for over 10 years.

Prof. Makikko Takahashi

Dr. Makiko Takahashi, Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan, has been a Vice-Chair of RMAN-J since the association’s creation in 2014.

For the past twenty years, she has devoted herself to the promotion of academia-industry collaboration, technology transfer, and research strategy while working for Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, and RIKEN (two national universities and one national research Institute).

Through these experiences, she recognized the need for a research administrative function to strengthen research in Japanese universities. From 2008, she had actively explained the importance to the stakeholders, and this led to the establishment of the first Japanese skill standard and educational programs under the MEXT URA (University Research Administrator) promotion program. This work resulted in the subsequent creation of RMAN-J in 2014.

She has recently been appointed Executive Director of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), and serves in various advisory roles in ministries and funding agencies, including MEXT, METI, NEDO, and JST. In addition, she is a visiting scholar at the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP). Dr. Takahashi aspires to establish skill standards and educational programs for the Japanese URA system.

Meriel Flint-O’Kane

Meriel Flint-O’Kane is currently the Head of Business and Programme Delivery at the Association of Commonwealth Universities where she is responsible for the strategic direction, growth and high-quality delivery of ACU programmes including the DFID funded PEBL and CIRCLE programmes, the EU funded LEAP4FNSSA partnership and Waitrose funded Blue Charter fellowships.

Prior to joining the ACU Meriel held roles at Kings College London, leading the establishment and delivery of the GCRF funded PRECISE Network, and the UKRI Medical Research Council where she worked to develop and implement a wide range of the MRC’s strategic ODA funding partnerships for global health research and capacity strengthening initiatives across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Meriel is interested in the power of global partnerships to identify and achieve shared goals. Through her career she has had the privilege of working with a diverse range of colleagues from government, higher education, NGO and private sector organisations around the world to deliver programme, funding and research activities through developing strong collaborative relationships and shared understanding. She is currently studying for a DrPH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a focus on research capacity strengthening and has a BA in International Politics from the University of Leeds.

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.

Rosemary Madnick

Rosemary Madnick, MBA is Executive Director for the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).  In her current position, she is responsible for all aspects of both pre- and post-award administration of approximately $140 million in annual sponsored project awards.  Her experience with grants and contracts management at various institutions has provided her with more than 25 plus years of knowledge in research administration.

Her experience has given her distinct skills in research, development and evaluation of policies and programs as well as the know-how in investigating and analyzing problems with broad impact using data to develop sound decisions.

As an executive senior research administrator, she has provided consultation and guidance on all aspects of sponsored program administration including development of research policies and procedures, resolution of grant and contract issues internally and externally. She has represented her institutions on site visits and with funding agencies. In addition, she is also been involved in strategic implementation of new organizational structures to support research administration operations and implementation of activities requiring facilitation and change management activities. She is an active member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) and serves as UAF’s Administrator to the FDP.

Past positions included Assistant Vice President, Office of Research Administration at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute where she managed the pre and post awards sponsored projects including clinical trials; Director of Grants, Contracts and Compliance at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science; and Department Administrator for University of California, San Diego.

She has been a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) since 1998.  She has also held positions on national committees including Board of Directors, National Leadership Development Committee and Professional Development Committee and a number of program committees.  She has presented workshops and sessions and evaluated workshops at both regional and national meetings. She has served and held a number of positions at the regional level such as Region VI LEAD Me Program Dean of Mentors and past chair of Region VI in 2012.  She is a graduate of NCURA’s Executive Leadership Program. Lastly, she has served as Co-Editor of the NCURA Magazine.

Rosemary is part of the NCURA faculty who teach on the fundamentals of research administration. She is a member of NCURA’s Peer Programs Governance. Rosemary is the 2021 President of NCURA.

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.

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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