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.

co-CEOs

LIZ RITCHIE
co-CEO

BArts(PubRel), MAppSc(OrgDyn)

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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DR KIM HOUGHTON
co-CEO

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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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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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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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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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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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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Monique Brouwer

MONIQUE BROUWER
Events and Sponsorship Manager
BComm

Monique is a marketing communications and public relations specialist with over 10 years’ experience in the private, not-for-profit and government sectors. Originally from a farm near Cootamundra NSW, Monique is passionate about regional Australia, its industries and communities. She believes that engaging with regions through RAI research and activities such as Regions Rising, will empower and activate communities.

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NINA DAVIS
Graphic Designer and Communications Assistant
B GraphicDes, BA(Hons)

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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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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DR ANGELA LEHMANN
Lead Researcher, Future of Regional Jobs

BComm, BA(Hons), PhD (Sociology)

 

Angela is a social scientist who grew up in rural NSW. She has worked in policy analysis in the UK before spending ten years researching communities and changing working lives in international settings. Angela has published two books on migration, diversity and China and has presented her work around the world. Having spent time abroad, Angela is excited to be focused on issues closer to her regional Australian home.

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Ben Walsh

BEN WALSH
Research Assistant

BA

 

Ben is responsible for working across a number of different projects in a research support role. He enjoys unearthing new pieces of information and collating them to form a narrative or story.

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