Our Team

Here’s Regional Arts Victoria’s dynamic team of creative catalysts. We share a wealth of experience in all aspects of inspiring, facilitating and touring arts throughout our state. Each of us also maintains a creative practice, and we share our approaches and processes as part of our collaborations. Contact us.

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Joe Toohey, Executive Director (CEO)
Phone: 03 9644 1801

Joe brings a wealth of administrative and management experience to Regional Arts Victoria, gained at Footscray Community Arts Centre, SYN Media, Express Media, Macleod YMCA and Victoria University. Born and raised in Albury, Joe relocated to Melbourne to attend university and foster the arts. He has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing / Music Industry), and in 2013 he completed his Master of Arts Management at the University of Melbourne following an internship in Singapore, and also completed the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Program in 2014. He is currently Treasurer of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Joe was General Manager and CEO at Express Media from 2010-2013, where he led a restructure of the organisation, as well as introducing exciting new partnerships leading to a comprehensive program of literary and developmental offerings for young writers. His past roles at Regional Arts Victoria have included supporting the Cultural Partnerships team and our regionally-based Creative Arts Facilitators, as well as coordinating our State-Wide Project Illuminated By Fire in 2010. 

Liz Zito

Liz Zito, Director of Partnerships 
Ph: 03 9644 1810

Regionally born to Italian immigrant parents, Liz worked for much of her professional life in the north east of Victoria with short contracted stints in Melbourne, Hobart and Colac. Liz worked in retail, promotion and event management before moving into arts industry roles which have included Acting Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions and Festivals and Events Coordinator at Greater Shepparton City Council; Manager, Theatre and Function Centre, COPAC Colac Otway Shire; and Executive Officer, SheppARTon Festival. Liz was a board member of Regional Arts Victoria prior to taking on her current role and was the inaugural Chair of the Creative Recovery Network. Liz has an Advanced Diploma of Business Management and a Diploma of Tourism but describes her qualifications as grass roots – learning on the job whilst living, working and playing in regional communities.   



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Melinda Ballard, Membership Coordinator
Ph: 0460 792 956

Email: membership@rav.net.au

Mel has worked as a cultural producer and curator across arts and sustainability initiatives in Australia and Norway. In Norway she led collaborative events, film and public art projects, also working as a live event photographer and managing an annual exhibition program for emerging artists. In Australia, Mel has worked at a number of remote Indigenous Art Centres and most recently held roles in local government Arts & Culture and Festivals & Events teams. She has worked with White Night Melbourne, Norway’s largest music festival HOVE and the United Nations Environment Program among others. Mel is passionate about supporting relevant cultural opportunities for artists and communities alike and has a cat called Goosey.

Alicia Wyatt

Alicia Wyatt, Grants Manager
Ph: 0483 057 936

Alicia is originally from Perth, Western Australia and commenced her career as an educator in the remote Kimberley region of Broome. With an MBA and a Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education specialising in Drama Studies, Alicia has spent her entire career embedded in the arts. She has worked in all tiers of government, supporting communities to deliver arts policy and programming as well as managing numerous arts funding programs, providing advice and guidance in areas of governance, strategy and programs. Alicia also has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, holding leadership roles at Canberra Youth Theatre as Co-CEO/General Manager and Director, Arts Learning at The Song Room. Alicia is particularly passionate about working with young and emerging practitioners and is excited to provide support to Victorian regional artists and organisations.

Malcolm Sanders

Malcolm Sanders,  Senior Manager, Regional Partnerships
Ph: 03 5320 5888

Mob: 0412 459 471

Malcolm is an arts manager with over 20 years’ experience. He began work as a teacher in the western suburbs of Melbourne, as well as working as a director on a number of performances across Melbourne. In 1995 Malcolm obtained a Graduate Diploma of Arts and Entertainment Management from Deakin University and commenced work with Bharatam Dance Company as the General Manager. Since then he has been the Manager of Performing Arts programs for the Centre of Adult Education, General Manager of St Martins Youth Arts Centre, and General Manager of Courthouse ARTS in Geelong. Malcolm has worked for Regional Arts Victoria since 2013 as Creative Arts Facilitator for the Central Victorian region and since 2021 as the Senior Manager, Regional Partnerships. He also serves on the advisory committee for Deakin University’s Arts and Cultural Management courses, on the Arts, Crafts and Cookery Committee of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, and on the board of the Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre.

Jo Grant

Jo Grant,  Manager South West
mob: 0448 500 608

Jo is Manager of the South West local government partnership. She is a strong advocate for recognition of arts across the region and works to broker support and provide advice, opportunities and skills development for artists and organisations. Jo works closely with community and councils on strategic planning for projects and policy development. In 2020 Regional Arts Victoria led the process to design and implement the first region-wide arts strategy of its kind, the South West Creative Industries Strategy which now forms a strong focus for arts advocacy and development in the region. She has 25 years’ experience in the arts and education industries and holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) degree and a Master of Visual Arts.   

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Loraine Little, Manager Swan Hill/Gannawarra
Mob: 0476 353 856

Loraine is the Creative Arts Facilitator in the North West of Victoria. She works closely with Swan Hill Rural City Council and Gannawarra Shire Council. Being born and educated in Swan Hill, Loraine is passionate about connecting artists with community groups, and working with the growing multicultural communities in regional areas.  Previous roles have been with organisations such as the Victorian College of the Arts, Regional Arts Victoria, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), St Martins Youth Arts Centre and Next Wave Festival, and as Producer for Tanya Gerstle’s OpticNerve Performance Group. Collaborative in approach, Loraine is highly skilled in establishing and strengthening partnerships through extensive relationship management, stakeholder engagement and strategic communication capabilities.  Alongside her professional career, Loraine has volunteered with and advocated for the LGBTIQ community for 25 years; best demonstrated in her role as Co-President of the 1st Asia Pacific Outgames and as a Board member of Melbourne Queer Film Festival. She’s played volleyball around the world!

Tim Dakin

Tim Dakin, Manager Wellington
Ph: 03 5142 3188

Tim Dakin has been working in community development and the arts for over 20 years. He has a BA in Performance Studies (Theatre and Dance) and has spent his working life in not-for-profit organisations and local government. Tim has previously worked with Frankston Arts Centre to increase access to the arts for audiences, artists and arts workers, and with Arts Access Victoria coordinating disability awareness training and supporting artists with disability on career pathways. Tim is passionate about connecting his community, working with volunteers and supporting artists to create amazing work.

Kellie Sutherland

Kellie Sutherland, Creative Recovery Coordinator, North East Victoria
Mob: 0459 257 637

Kellie has constructed an impressive body of work over her 20 year career, having dedicated herself to various roles within the creative industries. Primarily, as a founding member and creative co-director of maverick musical group Architecture in Helsinki, where she delivered umpteen, outside the box campaigns, albums, concerts and events. More recently she has worked in arts communication and cultural partnerships roles in the North East and Border region, forming a strong understanding of community-led activities and engagement practices. Kellie is driven by a desire to inspire people to strive and thrive in a (creative) life beyond the conventional, and moved to Beechworth in 2016 where she likes to spend her spare time connecting with the natural world with her young family.


Brianna Kavanagh, Coordinator, Creative Leaders Project, South West Victoria
Mob: 0460 813 912

Brianna has a passion for supporting regionally-based young people in the arts. She is an educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a practicing musician. Brianna has spent her life living, studying, and working based in regional Victoria, where she has worked as an instrumental teacher, musician, primary generalist classroom teacher, arts specialist teacher, music teacher mentor, and professional learning presenter.  She is currently studying her Masters of (arts) Education and is thrilled to be a part of the team at Regional Arts Victoria, where she can contribute to her community by supporting young emerging artists.  


Rhiannon Poley, Partnerships Communications Coordinator
Ph: 9644 1802

Rhiannon is a creative marketer with a passion for communication. Having worked in many different industries from video games to accommodation, e-commerce to B2B; she has built a wealth of communication knowledge that spans across a wide range of demographics. She has studied internet communications, including social media and participatory culture. Her main art practice includes fine art portraits and digital art, but also has projects in clay, song writing, games writing, sewing and graphic art. 


Bridgette Le, Partnerships Administrator
Ph:9644 1800

Bridgette comes from a musical background and has been working as a a professional musician for over 10 years. With a Bachelor’s Degree specialising in Music Industry, she has worked as a music teacher and DJ in Japan — as well as an on set design assistant in New York for culture publications such as Wonderland Magazine and I-D. Prior to Regional Arts Victoria, Bridgette worked within the tech startup sector as the Social Media Coordinator and Content Designer where she showcased artists’ stories from across the world. Growing up in Melbourne’s inner west suburbs to Vietnamese parents, she is passionate about providing support for artists from diverse backgrounds and empathises with the challenges that come with working as a creative. 


Rosie Dwyer

Rosie Dwyer, Senior Programming Manager
Ph: 03 9644 1807

Rosie Dwyer has a passion for bringing high quality arts experience to communities of all shapes and sizes. Starting her arts career producing music and festival events for young people in the Northern Territory, Rosie has had over 15 years’ experience in community & major international arts festivals, theatre, music management and touring across a diverse range of areas such as producing, programming, production, venue, stage and artist management and administration. Rosie is also a new mum, passionate gardener and bush walker.  

Anna Kennedy

Anna Kennedy, Connecting Places Manager
Ph: 03 9644 1809

Anna is Regional Arts Victoria’s Connecting Places Manager. She is also a producer, actor and theatre-maker, facilitating and participating in a broad range of arts events including plays, festivals, devised and immersive theatre, roving performance and site specific work. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014, she has collaborated with companies such as fortyfivedownstairs, Rollercoaster Theatre, She Said Theatre, Riot Stage, Poppy Seed Theatre Festival, Lonely Company, La Mama Theatre, Auspicious Arts Projects, Living Positive Victoria, Darebin Arts, and various presenters and venues across Australia and New Zealand.

Pippin Davies

Pippin Davies, Senior Manager, Arts & Education
Ph: 03 9644 1808

Pippin has a background in circus, dance and the travel industry, from circus performing to tour managing. Growing up in a regional centre, Pippin was lucky enough to experience the value of the arts and it’s ability to open up new perspectives, build lifelong skills and strengthen communities. She’s passionate about young people’s access to the arts and loves working with the incredible RAV team to support arts experiences in schools across the regions. With a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Dance and Drama), Pippin has worked as freelance performer, a travel agent, managed a community training space and as the Classes and Education Coordinator at Circus Oz before joining the team at Regional Arts Victoria. Pippin is also a yoga teacher and enjoyes developing her own yoga practice and supporting others to do the same.

Bindi Green

Bindi Green, Touring Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1804

Bindi Green has been a professional freelance production collaborator for over twenty years, and comes to Regional Arts Victoria with an extensive touring back catalogue, both internationally and across all states and territories of Australia. With a mix of contemporary theatrical productions, arts festivals, live art experiences and community arts projects, Bindi has worked with a diverse range of companies and individuals across Australia. A core company member of Bunk Puppets, Bindi has also toured recently with Australian artists Salvador Dinosaur, Tim Humphreys and Madeleine Flynn, Bec Reid and Elbow Room. Working often in unusual venues and non-traditional performance environments, Bindi enjoys developing new artistic works and interactive experiences and theatrical events which create new and inspiring experiences for audiences, and which celebrate the unique talents and particular spirit of communities. 

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Alice Pollard, Touring Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1806

Alice was a Production Manager who enjoys whiskey, having the right tool for the right job, going camping and long walks on the beach. Her work has taken her across the world, including all across Australia, the UK, and some of Europe and China. Notable achievements include still holding it together after a decade in the arts, and been part of Personal, by Jodee Mundee, a show that took her to Darwin Festival and brought Deaf communities together across Australia. Alice dislikes flat batteries, bad coffee and writing bios. She is very excited her path has led her to working with the fabulous team at Regional Arts Victoria, as Tour Cooirdinator.

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Adam Fawcett, Programming Communications Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1803

Adam is Regional Arts Victoria’s Programming Communications Coordinator. As the co-founder and creative producer of Australian new writing theatre company Lab Kelpie, he has developed, produced, marketed and toured 13 new Australian works to over 50 venues across Australian and New Zealand. In his own practice as an emerging playwright and screenwriter, Adam is focussed on putting queer narratives at the centre of his work, with his first play, Become The One, awarded the 2018 Midsumma Playtime Award for New Queer Writing.



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Dom Billings, Finance Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1812

Dom is a freelance bookkeeper, having worked for not-for-profits in the creative industries including SYN Media, Express Media, Booked Out, Wheeler Centre, as well as finance roles at World Vision, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Victorian Parliament, Medibank and several local governments. Dominic's also a professional actor, screenwriter and producer of film and TV. Thrice-funded by the Australian Government-financed Community Broadcasting Foundation via Channel 31 Melbourne & Geelong, Dominic has written and produced three feature films and several TV series, as well as producing several series of videos for Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities to assist CALD communities access the NDIS, funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services. Dom also produced and presented several TV and radio programs at SYN Media, broadcast on SYN FM and Channel 31.