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Moira Clay Consulting Founder and CEO Honoured with the ARMS 2022 Janet Dibb-Leigh Award

This week, Moira Clay Consulting’s CEO and Founder, Professor Moira Clay was honoured for her distinguished service to research management by the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS). The Janet Dibb-Leigh Award recognises those who make outstanding contributions to the research management sector throughout Australasia and Singapore. This annual award is reserved for individuals who are deemed by ARMS to be exceptional.


Professor Clay was acknowledged for her service, as measured against the award’s four criteria: demonstrated commitment to the development of the research management community, influencing the practice of research management at national and international levels, a demonstrated reputation for excellence and leadership in the research management profession and a demonstrated reputation for developing and implementing innovation in research management. In awarding Professor Clay, ARMS cited her extensive, leading contributions as an advocate for research management and her continued commitment to mentoring research managers. Her nominator described Professor Clay as a “transformational leader with a flexible and balanced approach to changing the research agenda, and a reputation for professionalism and integrity.” The nomination cited her work at the Heart Foundation, Telethon Kids Institute, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and her own consultancy as evidence for her outstanding contributions to the field.


“I am absolutely thrilled to be awarded the Janet Dibb-Leigh Award for 2022,” said Professor Clay. “I started working in this field to make a positive impact on the health and medical research landscape of our country as this is an area I am incredibly passionate about. I have been fortunate to work with some incredible people throughout my career and I am very grateful to be acknowledged by this award. I thank my esteemed colleague Professor Ren Yi for his nomination and ARMS for this recognition. Research managers play an essential role in the research effort. I look forward to furthering the profession and, together with my team, enabling and facilitating health and medical research projects of impact.”


Professor Moira Clay founded Moira Clay Consulting in 2013. Moira Clay Consulting works with clients across Australia on medical research strategy projects that deliver funding, results and impact, and ultimately improve lives.



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