Tara is Head of Research Development at Telethon Kids Institute and is responsible for overseeing the Institute’s Research Development and Commercialisation Teams. Her focus on the strategic research development, building a culture of innovation and growing a pipeline of sustainable research funding sources.
After completing a Bachelor of Psychology at The University of Western Australia, Tara lived and worked in the UK for nine years where she re-trained as a Primary School Teacher, working in both the government and private school systems. Since her return to Australia in 2005, Tara has worked in the Higher Education sector across a number of high level roles including: Research Development Advisor, Communications Manager, Institute General Manager, Marketing Manager, and as Manager of Impact & Engagement.
Tara has a particular interest in research impact and supporting researchers to translate their research into outcomes that benefit the community.