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. 

Jo Porter, Chief Executive Officer

Country: Dja Dja Wurrung and Boonwurrung | Pronouns She/Her

A theatre producer and consultant in not-for-profit and commercial theatre, Jo was the Co-Producer of Victoria’s inaugural Regional Centre for Culture (2018) and has worked with independent artists as a producer and in mentorship roles. Other roles in Australia, UK and USA have included: CEO of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Executive Producer of Malthouse Theatre, General Manager of a range of commercial theatre productions and head of creative development at Richard Frankel Productions in New York and Head of Business Development at Really Useful Group in London. A former Chair of Back to Back Theatre, Jo is the current Chair of Chamber Made.

Jacquelin Low, Director, Operations

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Boon Wurrung | Pronouns She/Her

Jacquelin studied Communications at Murdoch University before graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (Acting). She has held management roles across the arts sector, including General Manager and Acting Director of Writers Victoria, the State’s peak body for writing. In 2016, Jacquelin was the inaugural General Manager of Contemporary Arts Precincts and was instrumental in developing the operational capacity of the organisation to redevelop the old Collingwood Tech site. Collingwood Yards opened to the public in November 2020 and houses 20 arts and cultural organisations, 18 artist studios and 3 hospitality venues. Jacquelin joined the executive leadership team at Regional Arts Victoria in May 2021 and acted in the role of CEO between Jan and June 2022.

Jacquelin is a passionate champion for pro-active inclusive practices and positive workplace culture.

Susie Lyons, Director, Strategic Initiatives

Country: Gunditjmara | Pronouns She/Her

Susie Lyons is a senior arts administrator and leader with over 25 years’ experience in management in the arts and entertainment industry working internationally, nationally and regionally on wide-ranging festivals, events, concert tours and arts and culture projects. Prior to join Regional Arts Victoria’s executive leadership team in August 2022, Susie led the Arts and Culture business unit for Glenelg Shire Council for over six years, having overseen substantial change, growth and successful producing and programming of broad cultural activities, including management of the Portland Arts Centre. Through her work, Susie has been a long-time collaborator with RAV. 

Malcolm Sanders, Senior Manager, Regional Partnerships
Mob: 0412 459 471
Email: msanders @ rav.net.au

Country: Wadawurrung, Djabwurrung

Malcolm has over 30 years’ experience in arts management and community cultural development. He has a Bachelor of Education from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma of Arts and Entertainment Management from Deakin University. Malcolm has worked in various management roles for the Bharatam Dance Company, the Centre for Adult Education, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, and 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 Melbourne Royal Show, and on the board of the Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre. 

Loraine Little, Regional Manager – North West
Mob: 0476 353 856

Country: WambaWamba, BarabaBeraba, WadiWadi 

Loraine is Manager in the North West of Victoria. She works closely with Swan Hill Rural City and Gannawarra Shire Councils. Being born and educated in Swan Hill, Loraine is passionate about connecting artists with community groups, and working with the growing diverse communities in regional areas. Previous roles have been with Victorian College of the Arts, 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. 

Alongside her professional career, Loraine has volunteered with and advocated for the LGBTQI+ 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 also played volleyball around the world!

Tim Dakin, Manager – Wellington (Gippsland)
Mob: 0428 403 386
Email: tdakin @ rav.net.au

Country: Gunaikurnai | Pronouns: He/Him

Tim Dakin has been working in community development and the arts for over 25 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 with each other, working with young people and supporting artists and communities to create amazing work.

Jo Grant, Manager – South West
Mob: 0448 500 608
Email: jgrant @ rav.net.au

Country: Gunditjmara | Pronouns: She/Her

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.

Kellie Sutherland, Community Engagement Manager
Mob: 0459 257 637

Country: Dhudhuroa, Waveroo | Pronouns: She/Her

Kellie has dedicated herself to various roles within the creative industries over the last 20 years. Primarily, as a founding member and creative co-director of maverick musical group Architecture in Helsinki, and more recently as an arts worker in arts communication and cultural partnerships roles in the North East and Border region. With a strong understanding of community-led activities and engagement, and Creative Recovery practices, Kellie is passionate about inspiring, connecting and thriving creatively.

Bindi Green, Manager, Touring
Mob: 0466 280 385
Email: bgreen @ rav.net.au

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung| Pronouns: She/Her

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. 

Annie Stephens, Touring Coordinator
Mob: 0474 590 334
Email: astephens @ rav.net.au

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: She/They

Annie has been working in the performing arts since 1996, firstly as a circus performer, then as a trainer, and then as a program manager. Over her 19 years with Circus Oz saw her develop and deliver numerous community, corporate, education, public and industry programs. Because expression through art is so important to our well-being as individuals and as communities, supporting artists to do their best work really really floats her boat. She has formally studied: secretarial studies (a bloody long time ago, hence the old-fashioned name), massage therapy and graphic arts. Stereotype warning! She is into yoga, gardening and bush walks.

Luth (Anna) Wolff, Touring Coordinator
Mob: 0415 231 259
Email: lwolff @ rav.net.au

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Luth has lived and breathed regional touring for over a decade as a performer and company director with Solid State Circus. She has produced solo and ensemble works for schools, theatres and events across Australia and overseas, and is 5 towns away from finishing the song “I’ve been everywhere, man”. Luth has spent time in Darwin and the Top End teaching circus to young people in indigenous communities and working on events. She has a passion for street performance and busking advocacy; bringing live art to isolated communities, and making really great jam.

Nikki Ralston, Connecting Places Coordinator
Phone: 0458 765 059 
Email: nralston @ rav.net.au

Country: Yorta Yorta, Bangerang | Pronouns: She/Her

Nikki is a lover of all things arts and culture who has found her niche using her skills to help others’ brilliant creative ideas to become a reality. She is passionate about increasing access for more people to engage with arts and culture as creators, audiences and participants. Nikki has a Master’s of Arts and Cultural Management and professional experience in both Australia and the UK, including as a Relationship Manager, Theatre for Arts Council England, and as the Arts and Cultural Development Officer for Banyule City Council. She also mentors emerging and mid-career artists and is part of the DESIAP (Designing Innovation in the Asia Pacific) Creative Women’s Mentoring Program. Nikki and her young family recently moved from inner city Melbourne to the beautiful town of Yarrawonga, and she is enjoying exploring the region and discovering the vibrant regional arts scene.

Pippin Davies, Senior Manager, Arts & Education
Mob: 0427 211 123
Email: pdavies @ rav.net.au

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Boon Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

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 enjoys developing her own yoga practice and supporting others to do the same.

Sarah Atkinson, Creative Producer, Arts & Education
Ph: 0477 576 935
Email: satkinson @ rav.net.au

Country: Gunai Kurnai | Pronouns: She/Her

Sarah is trained in visual arts and business management and has established careers in the performing and visual arts in government and the private sector. Sarah made regional Victoria home in 2012 and is driven by sustainable community development and promoting creative expression for all ages.

Amelia Kingston, Program Manager – Positive Start, Arts & Education
Email: akingston @ rav.net.au

Country: Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Amelia started work as a potter in Stawell when she was 16 years old. She had an amazing teacher who inspired her to keep creating and to keep learning. From there she completed her degree in Literature and Philosophy, minoring in Arts, then completing an honours year in ceramics. From there Amelia worked as Primary school Art/music/classroom teacher for the next 11 years, whilst also working as a restaurant manager, and on her pottery. In the past 7 years Amelia has worked a part time teacher, using the rest of her time to concentrate on her pottery and business AKA, being a mum, grant writing for local schools and in her (and her husbands) biggest project, working on building their own home.  

Amelia loves her regional community and strives to bring arts and experiences to her local area and schools. Amelia sits on the Community Consultation board of Grampians Health, manages the Halls Gap Twilight Market and runs arts sessions in conjunction with Grampians Aleworks. 

Nova Whineray, Arts & Education Administrator

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Nova has extensive administrative experience and passion in delivering creative arts programs and workshops throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria. Before joining the team at Regional Arts Victoria, she supported the Education and Programming teams at Orchestra Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria, and most recently supported the Curator at the Australian Catholic University. With a background in dance and visual performance, she was choreographer and producer of Rock Eisteddfod Challenge productions for Melton Secondary College and Coburn Primary School. Nova grew up in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives in the Macedon Ranges where she enjoys watching footy, long walks, and seeing her son grow and flourish within the community.

Pantjiti Lawrence, Coordinator, Future Reset: Young People, Arts and Mental Wellbeing 

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong  | Pronouns: She/Her

Having grown up on Gunaikurnai country in regional Victoria (Central Gippsland) and now living in Naarm/Melbourne, Pantjiti has a musical background, particularly contemporary music festivals and tours, alongside session musicianship with Polly and the Pockets, Yergurl, and prior membership and management of The Spaghetti Stains. Her experience working with local council and FReeZA during high school, and not for profit organisations since, has instilled the importance of community and lived experience, through which she incorporates through her work. 

Pantjiti’s freelance work extends across the state, most recently undertaking the role of Volunteer Manager with Untitled Group, she is also on the management team for boutique festivals, Loch Hart Music Festival and Backyard Fest, alongside facilitating workshops with The Push Inc. A recent Bachelor of Business (Event Management and Organisational Psychology) graduate, Pantjiti is excited to combine her theoretical and hands-on knowledge to further her passion for and career in the arts. 

Kate Gerritsen, Communications and Engagement, Senior Manager
Email: kgerritsen @ rav.net.au

Country: Wadawurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Kate has worked in the arts, community and cultural development sector in diverse environments including local and state governments, not for profit and the private sector. She brings engagement and communications experience to her role at RAV from her time managing membership at the National Gallery of Victoria and from a decade of consulting and commissioning artworks in the public realm. Kate first worked for RAV from 2006-2009 as the  Communications Manager and has returned in her current role in 2022.  Kate studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Masters of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University and is a registered community engagement practitioner (IAP2). Kate enjoys giving back to regional communities through participation on Boards and in her spare time she is also a student and teacher of yoga.

Rhiannon Poley, Membership Engagement Coordinator
Email: rpoley @ rav.net.au

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

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. 

Adam Fawcett, Communications Coordinator
Email: afawcett @ rav.net.au

Country: Dja Dja Wurrung | Pronouns: He/Him

Adam is 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 and regionally-based playwright, Adam is focussed on putting queer narratives at the centre of his work, with his first play, Become The One, awarded the 2018 Gasworks Playtime Award for New Queer Writing. His follow up play Every Lovely Terrible Thing was a finalist in the 2021 Queer Playwriting Award and will premiere at Theatre Works in 2023. 

Alexander Hammond, Salesforce Administrator
Ph: 0424 161 419
Email: ahammond @ rav.net.au

Country: Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung | Pronouns: He/Him

Alex helps people with Salesforce CRM by finding ways to make life easier with data automation and creates meaningful stories with data about communities.

Alicia Wyatt, Grants Manager
Ph: 0483 057 936
Email: grants @ rav.net.au

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Boon Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

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.

Angela Pamic, Human Resource Manager
Email: apamic @ rav.net.au

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung| Pronouns: She/Her

Born and raised in North Eastern Victoria, Angela is now a Melbourne based Arts manager, Producer and passionate advocate for independent artists. With over 20 years’ experience in the arts sector, Angela has worked across Theatre, Dance, Physical Theatre, Circus and Puppetry in various roles including Arts Officer (Moreland City Council); Project Manager (Arts West), Project Producer (Dance Massive 2015); Associate Producer (Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Black Hole Theatre); Membership & Marketing Manager (Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association [ACAPTA]); Program Manager (Theatre Network Victoria); and General Manager (Theatre Works).  Her early career as a Production, Tour and Stage Manager, saw her tour extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Canada with companies including Oz Opera, Handspan Theatre, Strange Fruit and Arena Theatre Company to name a few.

Alice Pollard Sustainability and Operations Coordinator
Email: apollard @ rav.net.au

Country:  Wurundjeri Country | Pronouns: She/Her

Alice is a Production and Technical Manager who enjoys whiskey, having the right tool for the right job, going camping and long walks on the beach with her dogs. Her work has taken her across the world, including across Australia, the UK, and some of Europe and China. Notable achievements include still holding it together after over 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 once again working with the fabulous team at Regional Arts Victoria, ready to kick some Sustainability and Operations goals!

Leila Dashti, Finance Coordinator

Country: Wurundjeri Willum | Pronouns She/Her

Leila studied Bachelor of Accounting at LaTrobe University (Melbourne) after graduating from the Kangan Institution. She was a qualified accountant in Iran and has updated her education to comply with the Australian Standards. 

She has held several finance, accounting, management roles across different sectors and industries, including Farsar Tejarat Medical Engineering Company | Iran, Mohsen Group | Iran & UAE,  ASRC | Australia-Victoria, RH Painting | Australia-Victoria, Finance Administrator–Body Safety A | Australia-Victoria, and Whittlesea Community Connections | Australia-Victoria. With extensive accounting and finance experience, Leila is a highly organised multi-tasker who contributes positively to impact team success. Leila is knowledgeable about enforcing company standards, employment regulations and Accounting best practices. Her key strengths are planning, organisational problem-solving, and is responsive to changing business needs and regulatory standards.