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

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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Dr 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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Lynne Duckham

LYNNE DUCKHAM OAM

Leader, Regions in Transition

BA, MBA, AFiML (ANZ)

Lynne has spent over twenty years in strategic multi-sector and multicultural leadership roles. She has extensive Australian and international experience, working with and linking governments, industry, not-for-profit organizations, researchers and communities. Lynne is bringing her regional experience to lead the Regions in Transition major research project as part of RAI’s new shared inquiry program.

JULIE ANDERSON

Business Manager

 

Julie provides executive support to the CEO, Board and committees, and assists with event management, governance and financial matters.

Steve Gleeson

STEVE GLEESON

Leader, Corporate and Regional Partnerships

 

Steve’s background includes agribusiness and innovation startups, with experience in private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Originally from the Western Districts of Victoria, he is now based in Geelong and continues to activate economic development in regional Australia.

RICHARD BEATON

Senior Data Analyst

BA(computer Science)

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

 

 

SHANNON RENNIE

Digital Media and Communications Coordinator

BA(GraphicDsgn), MLA

Shannon has a background in graphic design and communications. Hailing from the Riverina in NSW, she has a keen interest in regional issues and a passion for sharing the positive stories of the people that call our regions home.   

 

Kylie Bourne

DR KYLIE BOURNE

Senior Researcher

BA, MAE, PhD (with Distinction)

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

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DR EMILY LONGSTAFF

Senior Researcher

BA(Hons), PhD (Socy)

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

 

HAYLEY ACHURCH

Senior Researcher

BSc(EnvBio) (Hons), BInterdis(Sust), GradCert(PA)

Hayley uses her experience in government and research to deliver a broad range of applied research projects which inform national, state and local government policies.   

 

BEN VONTHETHOFF

Researcher

BEc, BA(Hons)

As a Researcher, Ben contributes to 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.  

 

NINA DAVIS

Graphic Designer & Communications Assistant

B GraphicDes

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

 

AMANDA BARWICK

Editor-in-Chief

BBus (Major in Journalism)

Amanda is a media professional with more than 20 years industry experience across Australia. Having worked for media organisations, government, industry groups and agri-political organisations, Amanda has a true passion for, and understands, regional Australia.

 

 

KEVIN LE

Researcher – Data Analytics

BSc(Adv)(Hons),MEc

Kevin does economic analysis using traditional and new data analytics techniques and contributes to work across a range of RAI’s research and policy projects.