Meet our staff

Scott Arthurson

Media Manager

Scott has been with MCERA since September 2017. Previously, he worked in communications, media evaluation, academic editing, and hospitality. He holds a Master's in World History from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, majored in Politics at the University of Adelaide, and completed an Arts Honours year in English at the University of Melbourne. He has a strong understanding of not-for-profit imperatives, having served in volunteer roles for several NGOs and community groups. He holds a DELE Diploma in C1 level Spanish and certification for teaching English as a foreign language.

Dr Melanie Pryor

Media Officer

Dr Melanie Pryor came to MCERA with a background in academic research and publishing, sessional tutoring, and research administration. She holds a PhD in creative writing from Flinders University and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She volunteers for community arts programs and international aid organisations, and serves on the committee for a US-based women’s health project.

Dr Shannon Schedlich

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Shannon Schedlich has been MCERA's CEO since October 2017. She has experience in government, community engagement, universities, change leadership and governance reform. She has held a number of positions across government, including as a senior political adviser and Ministerial Adviser (Education). Shannon holds a doctorate in History from the University of Newcastle and has worked as a sessional lecturer and tutor. She came to MCERA from the South Australian Cricket Association, where she worked across community engagement and corporate affairs.

Dr Benjamin Smith

Media Officer

Dr Ben Smith worked as a university tutor and lecturer in English and professional writing before beginning at MCERA. He holds a PhD in creative writing, was the recipient of an Arts SA project grant, and has completed his first book, a true crime police memoir set in 1980s Queensland. With his background in the university sector, Ben is enthusiastic about promoting rigorous scholarly research to the public and policy-makers.