RAI CEO Jack Archer to step down

Regional Australia Institute (RAI) CEO Jack Archer publicly announced his resignation on Tuesday.

On behalf of the Board of the RAI, Chair Mal Peters has thanked Jack for his exemplary leadership as CEO and wished him well in his future endeavours.

“Jack has been integral to everything that the Regional Australia Institute has achieved,” Mr Peters said.

“Through his leadership, the RAI has become a significant player in national policy issues, has secured the support and collaboration of governments around Australia, put in place a new long term funding and research model and is positioned for even greater future success,” Mr Peters said.

Prior to becoming CEO in 2015, Mr Archer led the establishment of the RAI in 2011 and then served as General Manager for Policy and Research from 2012.

“It’s been an enormous privilege to establish the Institute and to help it to grow over the last seven years,” Mr Archer said.

“Good policy for regions has long been constrained by a lack of evidence and an uninformed debate. The RAI is making a significant impact on both of these issues for the nearly 9 million Australians who call our regions home.

“It’s now time for me to step back and look to the next phase of my career. I do so knowing that the work I have been a part of and the organisation we have created will continue to be a powerful and positive force for the future of regional Australia,” Mr Archer concluded.

Mr Archer will finish as CEO on 5 February 2019 with an announcement regarding a new CEO to be made shortly.