In Australia, Meli’s first degree was in the performing arts and social anthropology where he taught drama there and after coming to London he completed an MA in Arts Policy and Management at City University.
Whilst completing his MA, Meli first worked as a civil servant at the Office for National Statistics, before moving to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) where he advised and supported arts and culture Ministers on a range of arts policy issues, including the arts and social inclusion and the arts in health, latterly completing an internal paper for DCMS on the arts and mental health.
In 2003 Meli moved to Arts Council England on secondment from the DCMS to research, write and deliver the Arts Council's first national arts and health strategy. This strategy,The Arts, health and wellbeing was published in 2007. After completing the strategy, Meli continued in the role of Senior Officer, Engagement and Participation working in the areas of audience development and marketing and increasing participation, engagement and involvement in the arts. Before leaving the Arts Council, Meli was part of the team that designed and delivered the first round of the £37m Creative, People and Places Programme and also the Older People and the arts in Residential Care Programme, in partnership with the Baring Foundation.
Since leaving the Arts Council Meli has worked on the Chamber Music in Chelsea festival and is now an active member of Room Two, a collective of artists, curators and art and cultural historians.