Research Services Contacts

Research Services is the driving force supporting and facilitating a wide range of research-related activities at James Cook University. This support spans research ethics and integrity, research performance data and policies, competitive grant funding, contract research with industry partners, research-related  consultancies and tenders, and the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property.

Our offices can be found in each Tropical Campus reflecting the importance of Research to James Cook University and its future commitment.


The main office for Research Services can be found in Townsville - Building 17. Click here for a map of the campus. For reception, take the stairs to the first floor from the main entrance and proceed down the corridor on the right.

Office Phone: (07) 4781 5011; Office Email:

Rochelle Finlay - 0429 225 915

Rochelle Finlay -  Director, Research ServicesRochelle leads the Research Services team in its mission to provide strategic and operational support for JCU researchers across a range of research-related  activities.  Through the development and delivery of strategic initiatives, Rochelle leads Research Service’s contribution to diversifying sources of research income, growing income from research-related consulting and tender activities, and ensuring access to JCU’s intellectual property,  expertise,  and facilities.

Working closely with academic staff and other units within JCU, Rochelle ensures that the Research Services team are positioned to respond quickly and professionally to research-related opportunities and challenges as they arise, and to leverage off existing opportunities for JCU.

Manager of Innovation and Commercialisation
Andrew Leech - (07) 4781 5033

Photo of Andrew Leech, Research Services, Townsville Andrew has a background in scientific research and intellectual property law as well as extensive experience in the commercialisation of university research. He  manages  the  Innovation  and Commercialisation office and engages with researchers across the university to identify, protect and leverage IP by licensing or through the formation of start-up ventures. If you have an invention, discovery, design, software or other research output that you believe has the  potential  to  be  commercialised, Andrew would like to hear from you.

Associate of Innovation and Commercialisation
Mohan Sridhar - (07) 4781 6458

Photo of Mohan Sridhar Associate, innovation and Commercialisation Mohan works with researchers across the university to source, identify and evaluate research that may have the potential to be commercialised. He assists Andrew  Leech  in  all  aspects of the commercialisation process including IP identification and management, technical and business due diligence, market assessment, marketing of technologies and deal negotiation and execution.

Research Partnership Development Manager
Margie Atkinson - (07) 4781 4248

Photo of Margie Atkinson Research Partnership Development ManagerMargie supports researchers through the identification and development of research partnerships across JCU, other research institutions, industry, government and  regional  communities.  Margie  also manages key industry and government relationships and provides support and advice on multidisciplinary collaborative research activities including assisting researchers to develop proposals to source non-traditional research funding.

Research Contracts Officer
Jim Campbell - (07) 4781 5238

Photo of Jim Campbell Research legal Officer Research Services, Townsville Jim assists researchers across JCU with research funding agreements. He drafts or reviews legal agreements whether they relate to more collaborative  research  ventures  or  straight research consultancies. He enjoys helping researchers navigate the legal issues contained in those agreements such as Intellectual Property, Moral Rights and Indemnities. By helping to negotiate the more formal aspects of these funding arrangements, Jim facilitates a smoother  and  clearer  context  for researchers to do what they would prefer to do - Research.

Manager, Research Ethics and Grants
Tina Langford - (07) 4781 4342

Photo of Tina Langford Manager, Research Ethics and Grants Research Services, Townsville Tina manages the ethics and research grants teams in the Research Office. She provides mentoring, guidance and strategic advice to the  James  Cook  University  community research ethics ;and  integrity policy and research grant information.

Animal Welfare Officer
Craig Godfrey - (07) 4781 6506

Photo of Craig Godfrey, Animal Welfare Officer, Research Services, Townsville Craig provides expert veterinary advice about the wellbeing, care and use of animals for scientific purposes to the University  community.  He  supports  animal users through the provision of technical advice and training. In close liaison with the JCU Animal Ethics Committee Craig also develops and implements policy and procedures to be compliant with the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals and the Qld Animal Care and  Protection  Act  and  conducts regular scheduled and unannounced  inspections of facilities and research sites.

Animal Ethics Officer
Noema Patterson - (07) 4781 4484

Photo of Noema Patterson Animal Ethics Officer Research Services, Townsville As the Animal Ethics Officer, Noema is responsible for administration of animal ethics applications relating to all research and teaching involving  animals.  She  is  the administrative support for the University’s Animal Ethics Committee and also works cooperatively with the Human Ethics Officer.

Human Ethics Officer
Helen Griffiths - (07) 4781 6575

Photo of Helen Griffiths Human Ethics Officer Research Services, Townsville Helen is responsible for the administration of human research ethics applications relating to all research and teaching involving human participants.  She  is  the  administrative support for the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, and also works cooperatively with the Animal Ethics Officer.

Grants Administrator (NHMRC, Biomedical and Humanities)
Rose Green - (07) 4781 6213

Photo of Rose Green, Grants Officer, Research Services Townsville Rose has particular responsibility in administering National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants, and is also the default point of contact for  enquiries  about  external  granting schemes and other research administrative matters from researchers in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine and the Colleges of Business, Law & Governance and Arts, Society and Education. Rose supports the administration of research grants for these researchers  by  improving  the  quality of external applications and sharing knowledge about grant administration, application and post-award processes throughout the University community.

Grants Administrator (ARC and Sciences)
Annette Ryan - (07) 4781 5361

Photo of Annette Ryan, Grants Officer, Research Services Townsville Annette is responsible for coordinating all ARC funding rounds, and administering successful ARC grants. She is the first point of contact for the College  of  Science  &  Engineering. Annette is responsible for checking all applications, providing feedback, submission to funding bodies in a timely manner, and when successful providing documentation to Financial & Business Services for account opening.

Manager, Research Information
Marianne Brown - (07) 4781 4568

Photo of Marianne Brown Manager, Research Information Research Services, Townsville Marianne is responsible for the strategic development of JCU’s Research Information Management System (RIMS) supporting research management  and  public  accountability.  She manages the maintenance and plans the ongoing development of the system, its peripheral systems and web interfaces. She is responsible for research performance analysis, benchmarking and reporting, as well as strategic analysis of accountability requirements and information  needs,  for  example,  for national research quality assessments.

Systems & Database Officer
Cedric Hensman - (07) 4781 6804 

Photo of Cedric Hensman, Systems and Database Officer, Research Services, TownsvilleCedric is responsible for the day-to-day operation of JCU's Research Information Management System (RIMS). He is responsible  for  implementing  new  features and providing support to the users of RIMS.

Administrative Assistant
Lenore Brown - (07) 4781 5376

Photo of Lenore Radley Administrative Assistant Research Services, Townsville Lenore provides administrative support to the Research Office. She assists with database entry, processing of grants, contracts and consultancies  documentation.


In Cairns, Research Services is based Room 102C, in Sir Robert Norman Building, E2. Click here for a map of the campus.

Office Phone: (07) 4232 1752

Research Grants Officer
Nigel Young - (07) 4232 1752

Photo of Nigel Young Research Grants Officer Research Services, Cairns Nigel is the first point of contact for Research Services to the Cairns Campus research community. He provides advice to researchers to assist  with  their  targeting  and applying for project funding and assists researchers with the process of interpreting guidelines and applying for grants and contract research projects that includes tenders and consultancies.