Simone commenced at UWA working within the Animal Care Unit and then moved into laboratory based medical research work with the Liver Research Unit at the UWA Department of Medicine. In 1998 she joined the legume transformation programme in the Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture where her role and responsibilities progressed to Project Manager.
With this background in research project management, Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) and Office of the Gene Technology Regulator compliance requirements she was then appointed to the position of Biological Compliance Officer at UWA. Further experience with research facility commissioning, building management, biological agent containment and research project support lead to her current position of Facilities Manager, Animal Care and Veterinary Services at UWA.
As the Animal Care Services Facilities Manager, Simone has a significant responsibility in managing the various UWA facilities and professional staff. This role also includes identifying the long term needs for the compliant housing, care and use of animals in a comprehensive and active University research environment.
Simone has worked in the University environment for over 23 years and has a range of technical and management experience in the areas of legume transformation and animal facility management with experience in Office of the Gene Technology Regulator PC1, PC2 and PC3 requirements, Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS), Security Sensitive Biological Agents Regulations, AS/NZ Microbiological Standards, Animal Welfare Regulations and Guidelines and other compliance based standards and codes.
Simone leads and manages a team of dedicated and trained animal care and research professionals and provides comprehensive advice and information on these activities.