Jack has worked with the RAI since its inception in 2012 and was appointed CEO in July 2015.
Jack developed the RAI’s policy and research program as well as major tools including [In]Sight: Australia’s Regional Competitiveness Index and [In]Form: Australia’s Online Library of Regional Research. In previous roles as a consultant and public servant, Jack contributed to major regional reform in water, climate change, indigenous issues and industry. Originally from Paterson in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW, he now lives in the hills west of Canberra.
With specialisation in integrating economics with social-ecological context, Leonie’s role with the RAI builds on her earlier work investigating why communities adapt and transform to achieve sustainable futures. Having lived in five Australian States and Territories in both regional and metropolitan cities, as well as overseas, Leonie is passionate about working with people in the regions and understanding ‘the local story’.
Julie is Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Board, and provides support to the RAI research team.
Julie joined the RAI in February 2014 bringing with her extensive experience in senior roles in the not-for-profit sector, including the Australian Automobile Association, the Minerals Council and Grains Council of Australia.
Richard administers our research database and bring a creative approach to data analysis.
Digital Media and Communications Coordinator
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
BA, MAE, PhD (with Distinction)
Kylie is a researcher with extensive experience in knowledge brokering and research communication.
She has worked in the policy space across the public, not-for-profit and higher education sectors.
Kylie has published academic research and media commentary on a variety of social and public policy related issues.Kylie is passionate about regional issues. She lives in regional Australia and volunteers as an Ethics teacher and coordinator in NSW schools in the Yass Valley region.
Emily helps coordinate and produce the broad range of the RAI’s policy and research outputs.
Senior Research Assistant
BS(Environmental Biology) (First Class Honours), BIS(Sust), GradCert(Public Administration)
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.
As a Researcher, Ben contributes to the delivery of high profile projects across RAI’s research agenda.
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.
Graphic Designer & Communications Assistant
Nina creates visual material to complement the work of the RAI and ensures all content is presented in a memorable and easily digestible format.
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.
Researcher – Data Analytics
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.