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The RAAAP project is led by Simon Kerridge and Stephanie Scott, they are assisted by an Advisory Group comprising Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe, Jan Andersen, Janice Besch, Cindy Kiel, Susi Poli, and Deborah Zornes.

Dr Simon Kerridge is the Director of Research Services ad the University of Kent in the UK. He is Chair of CASRAI, the international Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information .
Simon has been a Research Manager and Administrator for over twenty years.  Prior to that he spent four years as a computer science researcher and three years running a small software company.
He is currently the Director of Research Services at the University of Kent, where he is responsible for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance.
He is the immediate past Chair of ARMA, the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (UK) and has previously served for twelve years in various other ARMA Board positions.  He is passionate about the development of Research Management and Administration as a profession in the UK and further afield.
Simon has served on a number of UK national committees, project boards and working groups, including for Research Councils UK, HEFCE, Universities UK, Jisc, and Vitae on topics such as metrics, open access, grant management systems, research development, research assessment, and research information management.  He has also held a number of recent Jisc funded projects in the areas of research information and data management and has spoken on these and many other RMA related subjects for various sector bodies and events including AUA, BUFDG, EARMA, EuroCRIS, INORMS, Jisc, Million+, NCURA, RCUK, RSP, UKCGE,  Vitae and of course many times for ARMA.
Previously, he worked at the University of Sunderland (1994-2012) first as an EU funded researcher (he was also the principal investigator on an EU ESPRIT project) and then as an RMA ultimately heading up research support; Durham University (1990-1994) as a SERC/DTI and EU funded researcher; and for Pixel Ltd (1987-1990) an SME software consultancy as company director. He has a BSc(Hons) in Computing/Maths/Geology and a DProf in Electronic Research Administration.
Email: s.r.kerridge@kent.ac.uk.

Stephanie Scott is the Director of Policy and Research Development in the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) office of Columbia University, NY, USA. Stephanie is responsible for educating and updating the Columbia University community on policies and procedures affecting the day to day management of grants and proposal submission.
She has over twenty years’ experience in all aspects of pre-award sponsored projects administration, and has led many special projects involving the implementation and change management of major policies and systems. Stephanie has led many training initiatives on complex topics such as the Uniform Guidance, federal public access policies, and the Fly America Act.
She is currently the Co-Chair of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Subawards Subcommittee. She is also a member of the Online Programming Subcommittee of the NCURA Professional Development Committee. She holds a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).

The Project Advisory Group also includes:

Patrice Ajai-Ajabe  is Programme Officer, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Jan Andersen is Senior Executive Advisor, Technical University of Denmark and a former chair of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA).
Jan works in research strategy and research planning. He was involved in building up three very successful research support units. His focus is on the balance between the research level, strategic policy level and the administrative level. In this capacity he advised the Rector of the Danish Technical University, Rectors and Deans of the University of Copenhagen and the former Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University. He was working with the merger of academics and was heavily involved in the cross faculty follow-up of the merger. Jan Andersen has over the years built up knowledge on research information systems and from 2003-2005, he headed the establishment of the University of Copenhagen’s research information system CURIS (PURE). He was member of the Advisory Board of LINK2US and BILAT projects, and was Head of the Nordic Association of University Administrators Working Group for Research Administrators and Industrial Liaison Officers. Jan is an expert on the EU framework programs and his specialty is long-term research planning, hereunder the participation in Horizon 2020 and the preparation for the forthcoming EU Framework Program. In this capacity a strong European and global network of colleagues and business partners is built up. Jan Andersen was as Board Member of Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators involved in the preparation of INORMS 2012 in Copenhagen, his core contribution was the establishing of the concept of the conference. He is active in the INORMS Activities regarding Associations Development, and a number of other initiatives. Jan Andersen was hosting the 2009 Annual Conference of European Association of Research Managers and Administrators, EARMA and elected Chairman for EARMA 2010-2013, where he was responsible for running three very and increasingly successful Annual Meetings. He is currently EARMA board member. Since 2013 Jan Andersen was Chair of the COST BESTPRAC Targeted Network, with more than 350 participants from 40 countries, BESTPRAC is a COST initiative aiming to advance the state of the art in excellent administration of transnational research projects.

Janice Besch is Director of the NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research and Alzheimer’s Australia and President, Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS).

Cindy Kiel is Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Davis, and President of the Society of Research Administrators – International (SRA-I).

Susi Poli has been an EARMA member since 2010 and on its board since 2014. She is also engaged in a new working group on cultures and diversity in research management.
Broadly speaking, higher education management (HEM) is Susi’s field of investigation. She completed the MBA in HEM – at the Institute of Education, University of London in 2010, and she is now doctoral candidate at the University College of London (UCL) Institute of Education. Her thesis looks at professional women as leaders with a particular focus on practices, career strategies, and then on role models. Further interests in research include research management, cultural professionalism, and then gender and leadership careers in HEM.
Professionally, since 2000 Susi has gained a wealth of experience in higher education and research management at Bologna University. She is now employed in the research division handling issues of impact and student entrepreneurship.
Email: susi.poli@unibo.it or susi.poli.14@ucl.ac.uk.
Dr Deborah Zornes is the Director, Research Services at Royal Roads University, and has been with the university since 2006. Prior to that, Deborah was the Manager, Research Services at Athabasca University for 15 years. In her capacity as Director she is responsible for both the strategic and operational directions of research at the university, working with faculty to find research opportunities, assisting in the development and submission of proposals, and the management and reporting of research activities.
Deborah is also the VP for the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) and is responsible for organizing the program for the national conference. An avid sailor, Deborah holds a PhD from the University of Victoria. Her research interests focus on two areas: 1) evaluating and measuring research effectiveness and quality, including outputs, outcomes and impacts; and 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.

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