Ms Kathie Dent, Chief Program Officer

Commencing in October 2018 as Chief Program Officer, Ms Kathie Dent is responsible for the administration of the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) for the ARC.
Through her role as Chief Program Officer, Ms Dent works closely with the ARC’s Executive Directors, to oversee the operations of both the Linkage and Discovery Programs of the NCGP. The ARC's Linkage funding schemes aim to encourage and extend cooperative approaches to research and improve the use of research outcomes by promoting national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. The ARC’s Discovery funding schemes recognise the importance of fundamental research to the national innovation system. A strong capability in fundamental research results in the development of new ideas, the creation of jobs, economic growth and an enhanced quality of life in Australia.
Ms Dent brings to the role an extensive understanding of the Australian research sector and public service experience, including grant program administration, policy development, corporate governance and communication and stakeholder engagement. Joining the ARC in 2004, Ms Dent has previously fulfilled leadership roles across the Programs, Policy and Strategy, and Corporate Services branches of the ARC.