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

DR 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

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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RICHARD BEATON

Senior Data Analyst

BA(computer Science)

Richard administers our research database and bring a creative approach to data analysis.

 

 

SHANNON RENNIE

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.    

 

DR KYLIE BOURNE

Senior Research Assistant

BA, MAE, PhD (with Distinction)

Kylie is a researcher with extensive experience in knowledge brokering and research communication.

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EMILY LONGSTAFF

Senior Research Assistant

BA(Hons), MCDArtDes

Emily helps coordinate and produce the broad range of the RAI’s policy and research outputs.  

 

Ben Vonthethoff

BEN VONTHETHOFF

Researcher

BEc, BA(Hons)

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

 

ANDREW NASH

Research Assistant

BEc

Andrew provides research support in the delivery of high profile projects across RAI’s research agenda.  

 

GERALDYNE HOW

Research Assistant

BComm, BSc(Hons), MEnv

As a Research Assistant, Geraldyne provides research support and contributes to work across a range of RAI’s research and policy projects.  

 

DELGERNARAN TUMURTOGOO

Research Assistant

BEs

Delgernaran contributes to regional development research projects and studies of transitioning regional economics.