Kelly Rischmiller

Current positions held

Manager – ARC Research Hub to Advance Timber for Australia’s Future Built Environment (ARC Advance Timber Hub)
Manager – Centre for Future Timber Structures (The University of Queensland)
Executive Secretary – World Conference on Timber Engineering 2025 (WCTE 2025)


Kelly is the Research Hub Manager of the ARC Advance Timber Hub, from Jan 2023, and has been working at The University of Queensland since Feb 2019, originally in the role of Research Hub Manager of the ARC Research Hub to Transform Future Tall Timber Buildings (ARC Future Timber Hub). Between her Research Hub Manager roles, she worked at the UQ Research Office for 14 months as a Senior Grants Officer in the Industry / Linkage portfolio which included the ARC ITRP and ARC Linkage schemes.

Kelly is a highly skilled Business Administration and Operations professional with many years’ experience working in administration management roles, inclusive of research hub management, financial reporting, project management and event management. Previously, Kelly was with the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) for over 6.5 years as a Regional Operations Manager for QLD and NSW and worked for 5 years at The Coca-Cola Company, whilst living in London, as a Finance Coordinator for the Coca-Cola European Finance Group.

As Research Hub Manager, Kelly is responsible for supporting the Research Hub Director and Research Hub Deputy Director in the delivery on the Hub aims and objectives. Kelly will work with the Director / Deputy Director to ensure that milestones and KPIs are met, including ARC reporting; will be responsible for maintaining the Hub finances, oversee contract arrangements and IP; will be the secretariat to the Executive Board and the Steering Group Committee. The Manager’s role is integral for the Hub to operate effectively and is key to support the Hub’s governance structure and ensure that all the Research Nodes work at optimum level whilst assisting with the communications / outputs, inclusive of writing news articles for the Hub website and social media.

Kelly was key organiser of the Pacific Timber Engineering Conference (PTEC 2019) and in her role will be the Secretariat of the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2025) to be held in Brisbane in 2025.

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