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We are a small team supporting researchers in the field, fundraising to support Rock Art Australia's objectives, and engaging with our donors, partners and stakeholders to promote rock art and raise awareness of rock art and the work of the Foundation.


Cas Bennetto

Cas joined Rock Art Australia (formerly Kimberley Foundation Australia) as CEO in 2010, recognising the organisation’s valuable work researching, protecting, and promoting Indigenous cultural heritage.

Cas is known for her ability to position and profile organisations and build reputation. She was previously National Executive Director of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and has worked in executive management positions at Charles Darwin University, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Smith Family. She was the founding producer of one of Sydney’s most popular annual events, the OpenAir Cinema, and is a former radio and film producer.

Cas spent eight years as head of communications, fundraising and volunteering at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art where she was introduced to the MCA’s Maningrida and Ramingining Collection of bark painting, wooden and fibre sculpture. This was the beginning of her love for Aboriginal art and continuous learning of Aboriginal culture. Some years later, as Communications & Marketing Director at Charles Darwin University (CDU), she visited those Aboriginal communities.

“One of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to see the rock art and meet Traditional Owners and hear their stories. I am fortunate to regularly visit these inspiring, spiritual places. It is a privilege to share the research findings with our generous donors,” she says.

Cas holds a Master of Arts (Organisational Communication) and is a former Trustee on the Board of Trust for Nature. In her spare time Cas sings with a gospel community choir and pursues her passion for skiing, the arts, and environmental conservation.

Communications Manager

Liz McDevitt

Liz joined our team in July 2019 as Communications Manager. Liz spent ten years in the UK with some of London's top communications consultancies and brings a total of 18 years' experience in strategic brand communications for Australian and European corporations across travel, tourism, retail, and government sectors.

Liz was familiar with the Foundation’s research work prior to joining and is passionate about the scientific study of rock art and working towards ensuring its protection. She loves working with our donors and stakeholders to promote the importance of the rock art so that we can understand the history of Aboriginal Australia and its global significance.

Prior to joining Rock Art Australia, Liz worked at Melbourne Grammar School to lead the Grimwade House centenary communications and events program. Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from RMIT University.

Administration and Event Coordinator

Simone Kerley

Simone joined us in June 2021 as Administration and Event Coordinator. Simone has a mix of administration, events, and travel coordination experience.

For more than 12 years Simone worked in wholesale travel as a team leader and group & events specialist and in the finance sector in administration, sales, and marketing.

Simone’s role at RAA provides support to the CEO and Company Secretary on board and administrative matters and she is an essential member of the team working on events – from special occasions for donors through to RAA’s 5-city lecture series and the management of the annual Research Workshop. Simone has a Bachelor of Tourism and Bachelor of Business from Monash University and likes to spend time with her family, including her two little children.

Data resource consultant

Pauline Heaney

Pauline Heaney joined our team as a volunteer researcher in 2013 . Her skills in managing data research in the field led to her appointment as a data resource consultant.

Rock Art Australia works with multiple universities and researchers and Pauline supports the university research publications related to our sponsored projects as well as undertaking research with the archaeologists/scientists and traditional owners in the field. Pauline has participated in hundreds of recordings of rock art sites as a member of the Kimberley Visions and Rock Art Dating teams with project partners Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation. Pauline is also a graphic designer and an essential member of the RAA team looking after our photo archive, website and digital online presence.