The Marsden Fund is supported by a small team of staff who oversee the day-to-day operations of the Fund.  The staff facilitate the assessment process, negotiate contracts and monitor projects. After institution research offices, they are the first point of contact for most queries and concerns related to the Marsden Fund.

For further information on how to get in touch, also see Contact Us.

Research Funding

  • Mark Stagg

    Mark Stagg, BSc (Hons), PhD
    Position:
    Director - Research Funding
    Phone Number:
    +64 4 470-5790
    Email Address:
    mark.stagg@royalsociety.org.nz

    BSc (Hons), PhD
    Mark directs the Research Funding team.

    He has an academic background in physiology and the cellular mechanisms of heart disease.

     
  • Rachel Averill

    Rachel Averill
    Position:
    Programme Manager - Marsden Fund
    Phone Number:
    +64 4 470-5774
    Email Address:
    rachel.averill@royalsociety.org.nz

    BA (Hons), PhD

    Rachel is responsible for co-ordinating the smooth running of the Marsden Fund. She is also responsible for ongoing assessment of Marsden contracts.

    She has a research background in plant biochemistry and molecular biology.

     
  • Rochelle Barton

    Rochelle Barton, BA, DLIBR
    Position:
    Executive Assistant - Research Funding
    Phone Number:
    +64 4 470-5799
    Email Address:
    rochelle.barton@royalsociety.org.nz

    BA, DLIBR
    Rochelle carries out much of the administration of the Marsden Fund, including processing of applications, and fielding of enquiries.

    She also draws up the contracts, liaises with university and CRI research coordinators, and provides secretarial services for the Marsden Fund Council.

     
  • Jason Gush

    Jason Gush, PhD
    Position:
    Programme Manager - Insights & Evaluation
    Phone Number:
    +64 4 470-5761
    Email Address:
    jason.gush@royalsociety.org.nz

    PhD
    Jason joined the Royal Society as Research Assessor in 2001.

    Jason is responsible for ensuring that research funding policy, strategy and evaluation activities are conducted in a fashion satisfactory to the Fund’s providers and Royal Society of New Zealand management.

     
  • Troels Petersen

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    Position:
    Programme Manager - Research Fellowships & International
    Email Address:
    troels.petersen@royalsociety.org.nz
     
  • Kalpani Somarathne

    Kalpani Somarathne
    Position:
    Research Assessor
    Email Address:
    Kalpani.Somarathne@royalsociety.org.nz

    BSc(Hons), PhD

    Kalpani assesses current Marsden contracts, which includes processing research reports and making monitoring visits to researchers.

    Kalpani has a research background in organic synthetic chemistry, particularly in carbohydrate chemistry. After successfully completing a PhD in organic chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington, Kalpani worked for a pharmaceutical company (BDG Synthesis Ltd) as an organic chemist and for MBIE as an assessor assistant.

     
  • Janet Sorensen

    Janet Sorensen, BA, Dip NZLS
    Position:
    Contracts Coordinator
    Phone Number:
    +64 4 470-5788
    Email Address:
    janet.sorensen@royalsociety.org.nz

    BA, Dip NZLS
    Janet is the first point of contact for all contract matters. She coordinates the initial contracting following the annual funding round, and manages requests for variations and the contract reporting via the portal.
    She also coordinates the payment of current contracts and liaises with contracted institutions and researchers on contract issues.

     
  • Carolyn Walker

    Carolyn Walker
    Position:
    Senior Research Assessor
    Phone Number:
    +64 4 470 5783
    Email Address:
    carolyn.walker@royalsociety.org.nz

    BSc, PhD

    Carolyn assesses current Marsden Fund contracts, which includes processing research reports and making monitoring visits to researchers.

    Carolyn has worked at a variety of oceanographic institutions around the world, including in the United Kingdom, Bermuda and the US. Her research background, while diverse, focussed predominantly on the interplay between biological, chemical and physical processes in the open ocean. After successfully completing a PhD in marine biogeochemistry from the University of Otago and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, Carolyn went on to complete an MBIE postdoctoral fellowship at NIWA.

     
  • Michelle Wickens

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    Position:
    International Contracts Coordinator
    Email Address:
    michelle.wickens@royalsociety.org.nz

    Post Grad Dip Marketing

    Michelle supports the administration of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s delivery of its international relationship contracts, including the international mobility funds and international scientific unions. She liaises with both New Zealand and overseas partners, university and crown research institute research coordinators and is also the point of contact for enquiries on international funding opportunities.

    Michelle has a background in event marketing and previously worked as the project officer for the NZ/EU FRIENZ (Facilitating Research and Innovation co-operation between EU and NZ) project.

    Prior to joining the Royal Society of New Zealand, Michelle spent several years working in venture capital and event management.

     
  • Anna Win-Mason

    Anna Win-Mason
    Position:
    Research Assessor
    Phone Number:
    +64 4 470 5773
    Email Address:
    anna.win-mason@royalsociety.org.nz

    BSc (Hons), PhD
    Anna assesses current Marsden contracts, which includes processing research reports and making monitoring visits to researchers.

    Anna has a research background in organic synthetic, carbohydrate and computational chemistry, at the interface with biology. She obtained her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington in collaboration with the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, and the Carbohydrate Chemistry team at Industrial Research Ltd (now Ferrier Institute). She then spent time in Vancouver as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia, before returning to Wellington.