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REVEALED: South Australia’s top 40 leaders under 40

40 Under 40

InDaily 40 Under 40 winners, Oliver Brown, Phil Harris, Rachel Swift and Thomas Readett are changing the landscape of Adelaide’s hospitality, law, medical and creative industries.

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Oliver Brown

Managing Director and Coowner of the Big Easy Group Oliver Brown has shaped Adelaide’s hospitality scene through the creation of multiple new venues and ventures, which are constantly adapting to the times. These include NOLA Adelaide, Anchovy Bandit, The Stag Public House, Yiasou George and Big Easy Drinks, which have won a stack of awards between them such as the Australian Bartender Mag 2018 Best SA Bar and 2019 Top 10 Whiskey Bars in Australia and Top 100 SA Restaurants. Brown said while 2020 had been a challenging year for hospitality across the board it had allowed the group to focus on two key areas for development: an integrated training program and a new data analysis system. He said the initiatives stemmed from a desire to help others succeed. “If we can bring all of our learnings and resources together into simple and intuitive systems, then we can give our people all of the tools and training they need to succeed,” Brown said. “To us, success is measured by the amount of people we are able to help do what they love. So, we view the introduction of these systems as a recipe for success.”

Phil Harris

Since founding Harris Real Estate South Australia in 2010, Managing Director Phil Harris has grown the business from five staff to about 170 across five offices. Harris said the business sold roughly 1700 homes each year and managed more than 3000 rental properties.

He said within its first 10 years the business had achieved $20 million revenue and had acquired six rent rolls equating to 2300 new properties from mergers and acquisitions including Raine and Horne, Professionals Glynde and LJ Hooker Stirling.

Earlier this year, Harris Real Estate won the national REISA Large Residential Agency of the Year. It also took the top spot for the highest number of residential real estate sales in Australia according to REB.

Harris attributed the success of the business to hard work, his obsession with educating himself about the real estate industry, and a little luck.

“Through becoming a great trainer and coach myself, I’ve had further success in helping other young people build their own career in the industry,” Harris said.

“It then became a snowball effect - other people saw our staff achieving great success at Harris Real Estate and made us an attraction-based agency. As more and more people wanted to grow and join Harris, the snowball kept becoming bigger and bigger.”

As well as heading the business, Harris runs mentoring and coaching for professionals and business owners. He is also an auctioneer and has called auctions for not-for-profit and school charity events he has won the SA Golden Gavel for his auctioneering skills.

Rachel Swift

Rachel Swift is committed to improving patient outcomes and health systems. Previously a leader in The Boston Consulting Group’s global healthcare practice, she is the founder of Swift Outcomes, a company dedicated to working with public and not-for-profit health systems to improve patient health and biosecurity.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Swift led an international public health campaign to protect the global diabetic community and advised State Governments on public health strategies.

She also worked on securing the global supply of essential medicines and supported secondary and tertiary educational organisations in crisis response and post-crisis innovation.

Her medical emergency response expertise was previously used during as strategic advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response on the ground in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Swift has also advised the World Health Assembly on health systems strengthening, vaccine-preventable disease eradication and maternal and childhood nutrition.

Between 2013-14 Swift helped design a program to combat malnutrition for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which was launched by former American President Bill Clinton and Paul Kagame in Rwanda.

In Australia, she has worked with First Nations communities to build economic development opportunities.

Swift holds board positions in medical innovation and education and has held teaching appointments at Oxford and Adelaide Universities, as well as Magdalen College School.

Thomas Readett

Thomas Readett

When AGSA Tarnanthi Education Officer and multi-disciplinary artist Thomas Readett graduated from high school in 2010 it was with almost no institutional educational on his culture or his people.

“As an Aboriginal man in a disconnected family this was really tough. Anything I did learn about our culture in school was false. This was and is still a big issue,” Readett said.

In a bid to improve understanding of Aboriginal culture, Readett has since written resources, programmed events and student workshops on how to authentically engage with Aboriginal art and artists.

These include the development of teaching resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in the Classroom, which was released last year and is being used by educators across the nation.

He said he was currently working on a children’s book and would continue trying to create the resources he wished he’d had as a young man: “because the way culture is taught really impacts your own identity”.

As well as developing educational tools, Readett is an artist in his own right and has exhibited solo shows including Beneath the Skin, Dark Light and From Within with works developed through studio practice and artist residency programs such as the SALA Country Health SA/University of South Australia Glenside Mental Health residency.

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