Gary has worked in the human research ethics area since 1997, working with a number of research institutions, state and federal departments, private companies and research ethics committees in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. He has a degree in education and a professional doctorate in social sciences. His doctoral thesis on the establishment of positive institutional research ethics arrangements was recognised with an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award from the Queensland University of Technology.
Gary has a fulltime and ongoing position as a Senior Policy Officer at the Office for Research, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
His knowledge and expertise in regards to the national and international governance of ethical conduct in research has resulted in him serving on numerous national committees, on four separate occasions as a training facilitator for the NHMRC and to advise the committee working on the 2007 review of the National Statement with regards to the conduct of proportional review. Gary is a current member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee and is serving on a number of NHMRC working groups.
Gary is a frequent presenter at conferences and has been invited by a number of Australian universities to conduct workshops on the National Statement and the Australian Code. In 2007, he co-presented a workshop with the then CEO of the NHMRC about the National Statement and the Australian Code. In 2007, his work in contributing to the learning of students in the human research ethics was recognised with a national teaching Citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Gary’s work in producing useful, clear, thoughtful and quality resource documents is nationally recognised.
He is principal author of the Griffith University Research Ethics Manual, which is a booklet based resource for researchers, ethics reviewers and educators. In 2014 Griffith University commercialised the GUREM and licenses have been purchased by 7 universities, 2 more are signing the paperwork, and two government departments and two more universities are considering purchasing a license.
He is a member of the sub-committee responsible for research ethics of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. He is also one of the founding members of the Australasian Human Research Ethics Association.