Janet Dibb-Leigh, FAIM

Janet was a professional research manager in the Australian university sector for over 25 years, serving as Director of Research for two universities before joining the University of South Australia as a senior research strategist and partnership broker.  Whilst Janet had substantial experience in developing and implementing policies, strategies and management frameworks to advance research and research training, her particular passion was building lasting, mutually rewarding relationships – between researchers (across disciplines and institutions) and with government, business and community organisations.  She also enjoyed connecting research to the community by serving on various government and industry advisory committees, multi-agency task forces and Cooperative Research Centre Boards.

In 2013, Janet set up JDL Advisory and focused primarily on assisting universities in capability profiling to better understand their research strengths and capacity by theme, and in coaching senior academic and professional leaders in the development of thematic frameworks and strategies to build effective research collaborations within and outside the institution that have the potential to deliver important outcomes for society.

From the beginning of her career as a research manager, Janet felt strongly the importance of building strong relationships with colleagues in other institutions and sectors, nationally and internationally.  She was Founding President of ARMS, helped lead the establishment of the International Network of Research Management Societies and co-convened the Inaugural INORMS Congress.  She has been an active mentor for research administrators and managers in Australia and the UK, is a Distinguished Faculty Emeritus of the Society of Research Administrators International, participated in several early international research management benchmarking studies and served on the International Editorial Advisory Committee of Research Global from its inception.

Janet is now fully retired and enjoying life to the full with her husband Roger Leigh, dividing her time between Adelaide and Cambridge, and enjoying the chance to travel and visit many life friends she has made through ARMS and its sister societies.  She joyously became a grandmother in June!

Janet will be taking part in The Great Debate – “Research Management is harder now than way back when…” at the Conference on Wednesday 18th September.