Our Team

The Regional Australia Institute team have a wealth of experience in regional research, policy-making and community consultation.

The RAI team works under the strategic direction of the Board and in conjunction with input from the Research Advisory Committee and Research Fellows.

Meet the team below.

Jack Archer

Jack Archer

Chief Executive Officer

BNatResMgt(Hons), GAICD

Jack has worked with the RAI since its inception in 2012 and was appointed CEO in July 2015.

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Kim Houghton

Kim Houghton

General Manager Policy and Research

BSc(Hons), PhD(Econ)

Kim manages the RAI’s policy and research portfolio to ensure the Institute’s work has practical application and supports a better policy environment and more vibrant regional economies.

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David Spear

David Spear

General Manager Partnerships & Communications

MBA, BAProdDsgn(Hons)

David has a strong track record as an innovator, strategist, leader and senior executive level manager in several Australian not for profit and private sector organisations.

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Leonie Pearson


Leader, Major Research Projects (Economist)

BSc(Hons), PhD, GAICD

Leonie leads the RAI’s major research projects.

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Julie Anderson


Business Manager

Julie is Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Board, and provides support to the RAI research team.

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Ben Vonthethoff



BEc, BA(Hons)

As a Researcher, Ben contributes to the delivery of high profile projects across RAI’s research agenda.



Digital Media and Communications Coordinator

BA(GraphicDsgn), MLA

Shannon creates visual material to complement the work of the RAI and ensures all content is presented in a memorable and easily digestible format.