|ARMA’s Board is made up of up to nine members, selected for their specific experience, knowledge and skills. Board member appointment is ratified by members, at the Annual General Meeting. Collectively, and as individual Directors, these members are responsible for the governance of the Association, financial management, and compliance with relevant legislation and regulations. The Board is also responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Association, ensuring that member interest remains at the core.
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Board of Directors
Steph Bales is Director of Research and Innovation Services at Teesside University, with responsibility for strategy, policy, and delivery of research support for staff and postgraduate research students. Steph previously worked at Northumbria University for 11 years where she was Director for Research and Business Services.
Steph has experience of most areas of research management and administration, including: policy and strategy development; research intelligence; pre and post award management; governance and integrity; researcher development; and RAE and REF. She represents ARMA on HEFCE’s Forum for Responsible Metrics and JISC’s Research Information Management Group, and is Deputy Chair of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Council. 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.
Before taking up her role as ARMA Chair in August 2016, Steph was a member of the Training and Development Committee for five years, the last two of which she spent as Chair.
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John has worked in Higher Education management and administration for over 25 years. He is currently Director of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Stirling, where he leads an integrated portfolio covering strategy and policy, grant and contract funding, research assessment, researcher development, research governance and integrity, innovation, knowledge exchange and commercialisation. Prior to joining Stirling, John worked at the University of Manchester, where he was responsible for student recruitment, public relations, international relations and research support. He was national manager of the 2001 RAE for HEFCE and before that worked at the University of Aberdeen in a variety of roles.
John is Deputy Chair of the ARMA Board, with specific responsibilities for ensuring the good governance of the association. In this capacity, he chairs ARMA’s Finance & Governance Committee.
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I was delighted to be invited to join the ARMA Board, and I look forward to being able to help shape the future direction of ARMA through its new Strategic Plan. After a period as a research fellow in Philosophy, I moved into university administration, then worked in the Research Councils for 11 years, before making the step into university research management. Whilst at the Research Councils I became involved as an assessor for ARMA’s Certificate in Research Management (Funders route), and also benefitted enormously from the input of ARMA members into a report I co-authored on interoperability of research systems and information – an area I am still very interested in. In my spare time, I enjoy taking part in triathlons and indulging my passion for real ale. A good balance, I find.
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Jen has worked in higher education, at the University of Aberdeen, for nine years, first as Assistant College Registrar, then in business development in the Research office, moving to Public Engagement three years ago. Before that she completed a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and worked in industry for a number of years. Jen is an active member of ARMA, has presented at the ARMA conference on a number of occasions, and regularly participates in ARMA training courses.
Jen’s current role at Aberdeen is in the public engagement team, where she is involved in developing the strategy, supporting researchers in developing their impact and engagement activity, coordinating and evaluating events, and reporting on activity. She regularly develops and delivers training to staff in a range of engagement topics. Much of her work involves engaging with external stakeholders, considering their needs and working with researchers to enable the engagement.
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Director of Training and Development
Jennifer 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 Chair of the UK chapter of CASRAI.
Jennifer has previously been a member of the ARMA Training and Development Committee and is an Assessor for the ARMA CRM qualification. She was been co-opted to ARMA’s Board of Directors in 2016, and has now taken up the position of Director of Training & Development. Taking on this role means that Jenni is responsible for shaping ARMA’s training & development offering.
You can email Jenni at Jennifer.Stergiou@Northumbria.ac.uk.
Director of Professional Development
Linsey Dickson is Head of Research Funding within Research & Innovation Services at the University of Stirling, with responsibility for leading a team focussing on research development and supporting the delivery of increased grant capture. Linsey has also held various posts within research management and administration at Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh College of Art.
Linsey has experience of most areas of research management and administration and in particular pre-award management, research intelligence and policy and strategy development. She represents ARMA on the Research Organisations Consultation Group which advices the Research Councils on all aspects of research funding administration and policy. She is passionate about professional development and supporting those working within research and research support.
Before taking up her role at Director, Qualifications she was Director without portfolio and has been a member of the Training & Development committee for 4 years before chairing this committee for a year. Linsey currently chairs the Professional Development committee and as part of this works closely with a number of our sister associations, such as EARMA, SRAi and CARA and INORMS as well as related professional bodies such as Vitae and ACU.
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Sapna is a solicitor qualified in both England and Scotland with experience of advising HEI’s on research agreements and related legal issues.
Sapna has worked in higher education for six years and is currently the Head of Research Contracts at the University of Nottingham, leading a team of legal and contracts staff to provide support for the research agenda across the University. Sapna also previously worked within the research contracts team at the University of Glasgow.
Sapna has been an active member of ARMA for several years. Sapna has led the Research Contracts Special Interest Group for the last three years and has presented a session at the annual conference each year. She has also been involved in several initiatives to improve resources and collaboration across the sector including the revision of the Brunswick templates, the re-launch of the Research Contracts events calendar and the development of the Research Contracts SIG Resources page. Sapna is also a member of the Russell Group Research Contract Leads group.
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Director of Stakeholder Engagement
Stephanie is Head of Research within Research & Enterprise at the University of Lincoln supporting the institution in establishing a research and enterprise culture. Stephanie leads the Research and Income Generation Support team, which blends a traditional research office and a technology transfer function in developing the University’s research environment and income portfolio, in line with University strategy. External to the University Stephanie plays a role in strategy and policy development through active involvement in defining the Innovation agenda for our Local Enterprise Partnership and is a member of the Research Organisation Consultation Group which advises the Research Councils on all aspects of research funding administration and policy.
Stephanie has been a member of ARMA’s Membership Services Committee. She was co-opted to ARMA’s Board of Directors in 2016, and has now taken up the new position of Director of Stakeholder Engagement. Stephanie will be responsible for developing relationships with external stakeholders, and making sure the Association continues to meet the needs of its members.
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Sue is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Her career has covered the charity sector, specifically social housing, and since 2003 higher education in a mixture of finance and senior research leadership roles. Sue has experience of both strategic and business planning, budgetary and financial control.
Sue is currently Director of Research & Innovation Services at the University of Surrey, leading a team who have responsibility for research bid development; business development, knowledge transfer and consultancy; training and funder relationship management; strategic programme and project management; the research excellence framework (REF) and impact; research ethics and governance.
Sue has also been a Trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust since 2015, with positions on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Board. Sue was previously a member of the RCUK Research Consultation Organisation Group (ROCG).
Sue’s role as Treasurer of ARMA will be to ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation.
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