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 11 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 HEFCE’s Forum for Responsible Metrics and JISC’s Research Information Management Group.

Council Members: 

Dr Campbell Thomson

Campbell Thomson is currently the Director of the Office of Research Enterprise at The University of Western Australia.

He has a PhD in Agricultural Science (1987) and spent eight years working in the area of physiological adaptation of crop species to environmental stress in laboratories in Germany, England and Australia. He has also worked in the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry as a pasture eco-physiologist.

In 1997 Dr Thomson commenced in the position of Director of the Office of Research Enterprise at UWA, a position which he has held for over 20 years and has now grown to include the areas of innovation and commercialisation. He currently serves on a number of not-for-profit companies and joint venture boards, including the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and the Western Australian Animal Resources Authority.

Dr Thomson is the current President of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), a position which he also held from 2004 to 2006, and is committed to continuing the development of the profession of research management. He was appointed to the ARMS Accreditation Council in 2013.

Soile Haverinen

Soile Haverinen is Head of Research Funding at the University of Turku, Finland, responsible for providing and developing pre award and project management services. Her long standing experience in this field comprises both national and international research funding and also other research management issues. She has been working with EU Framework Programmes since FP3. She plays a key role in the development and promotion of the national funding opportunities database Aurora used by Finnish universities and other research organisations. Soile is an active member and the current chair of Finn-ARMA, the Finnish Association for Research Managers and Advisors. Soile has a M.Sc. in biology (plant physiology). With roots both in Finland and Sweden, Soile is a native speaker of both Finnish and Swedish.

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.

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).

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).

Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe

Patrice is Programme Officer at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). She manages the ACU’s Research Management programme which support supports professionalisation and benchmarking in RMA and has extensive experience of working with research managers and administrators across the world.  She was a member of the initial RAAAP project advisory group and now leads a number of sub groups in the INROMS RAAAP-2 TaskForce.

Dr Christian Jagersma

Dr Christian Jagersma is the Chair and a member of the ARMA-NL board. Within the University Medical Centre Utrecht, he is a strategic advisor and an EU grants/subsidy 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.

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