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.

Corporate
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. 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.

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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. She ensures the organisation keeps ticking along smoothly.

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DR KIM HOUGHTON
General Manager Policy & 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. Having worked on regional economic development in Australia for almost 20 years, Kim has a passion for engaging, motivating, informing and connecting entrepreneurial business owners.

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Kylie Bourne

DR KYLIE BOURNE
Lead Researcher, Regions in Transition
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.

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Leonie Pearson

DR LEONIE PEARSON
Leader, Major Research Projects (Economist)

BSc(Hons), PhD, GAICD

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 both regional and metropolitan Australia, as well as overseas, Leonie is passionate about working with people in the regions and understanding ‘the local story’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BEN VONTHETHOFF
Researcher

BEc, BA(Hons)

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

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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.

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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.

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Partnerships & Communications
Liz Ritchie

LIZ RITCHIE
General Manager Strategy & Partnerships

Liz’s primary purpose at the RAI is to make a difference through providing leadership, engagement, information and connectivity. Heralding from country NSW, she understands the issues impacting regional Australia and has designed and executed programs across Australia to engage in economic and social issues affecting our regions.

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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.

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GABBY IANNELLI
Communications Advisor
BMedia&Comm (Major in Public Relations)

Gabby is originally from Leeton in the Riverina, NSW, and has a knowledge and passion for Regional Australia. She assists in all aspects of internal and external communications for the RAI.

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NINA DAVIS
Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant
B GraphicDes

Nina is passionate about visual communication and the power of distilling content into easy-to-digest graphics. She creates visual materials to complement RAI’s research and ensures everything is visually on-brand and presented in a memorable format. 

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