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 led the Regional Australia Institute as its CEO since July 2015.

Prior to being appointed CEO Jack developed the RAI’s policy and research program. In previous roles as a consultant and public servant, Jack contributed to major regional reform in water, climate change, indigenous issues and industry.

Jack is originally from Paterson in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW

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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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JULIE ANDERSON

Business Manager

 

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

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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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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RICHARD BEATON

Senior Data Analyst

BA(computer Science)

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

 

 

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.   

 

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.

BEN VONTHETHOFF

Researcher

BEc, BA(Hons)

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

 

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.  

 

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.

 

 

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.  

 

Jude Walker

DR JUDE WALKER

Leader, Future Regional Jobs

 

Dr. Jude Walker leads the Regional Australia Institute’s Future of Jobs and Workforce Development in Regional Australia Inquiry Program.  As well, she runs her own consultancy business, FutureWorking, which specialises in demography, labour market research and analysis, and strategic foresight.  

 

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. 

 

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.