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Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments


In this week’s executive appointments column, InDaily tracks the movements of those driving South Australia’s public and private sectors in industries including finance and health. Who’s who on the Corporate Ladder? Read on.

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MyBudget Founder and Director Tammy Barton has been named one of 10 new board members of the Adelaide Business School Industry Advisory board.

The Adelaide Business School’s board aims to provide advice on the strategic direction and response to policy initiatives that impact the school as well as identify mentoring, internship and industry linkage opportunities for students.

Barton joins other industry leaders: Detmold Group CEO Alf Ianniello, consulting company JBS&G executive director Andrew Nunn, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank COO Will Rayner, Adelaide Airport executive manager Brenton Cox and SA Department of Education chief executive Rick Persse.

Also on the board is managing director of marketing consultancy Literally Brilliant Michael Neale, University of Adelaide CIO Bev Wright, Ngee Ann Academy CEO Susie Khoo and Australian International Education Services director Jessi Jin.

Barton founded personal budgeting service MyBudget from her home in Adelaide in 1999.

The business has since grown into a national company.

She sits on a number of advisory boards including Bank SA and Project Gen Z, a collective of Australian entrepreneurs who host business-content workshops targeted at young people, as well as guest lecturing at the Australian Institute of Business.

Micro-X loses co-secretary

Georigina Carpendale has resigned as  Micro-X co-secretary, leaving Kingsley Hall as the sole company secretary and CFO of the Tonsley-based hi-tech business.

Carpendale began with Micro-X four years ago as the head of strategy and transformation before also becoming the company secretary.

She previously worked as a senior auditor for accounting firm BDO before moving to finance company Signostics.

Crime Stoppers SA names first ambassadors

Andrew Marshall.

Crime Stoppers South Australia has appointed four business and industry leaders as the organisation’s first group of ambassadors.

The ambassadors are Andrew Marshall, president of the Master Builder Association, Philip Morton, managing director of Morton Philips, Jodie van Deventer, CEO for the committee for Adelaide, and Martin Haese, Business SA CEO.

Philip Morton.

Marshall is also the managing director of Marshall and Brougham Construction, and a director of TafeSA and former chair of AnglicareSA.

While executive search consultant Morton oversees Foodbank SA as deputy chair.

A former Crime Stoppers SA board member, Deventer is the CEO of the Committee for Adelaide, which aims to create a sustainable economy, as well as being a member of Adelaide United FC advisory board.

Martin Haese.

Haese is a former Lord Mayor and chairs the Premier’s Climate Change Council of South Australia.

Crime Stoppers SA chair Sharon Hanlon said the ambassadors would help “attract a range of new partners who understand and recognise the value that comes with Crime Stoppers to deliver benchmark crime-solving campaigns in the years ahead.”

AGSA board grows by two

The Art Gallery of South Australia announced two new board members earlier this week, cultural and policy advocate Cara Kirkwood and principle of the Lipman Karas firm Jason Karas.

Cara Kirkwood.

Kirkwood is the gallery’s first Aboriginal person to be appointed to the board.

She currently works as assistant director of Indigenous engagement and strategy at the Department of Parliamentary Services in Canberra.

While corporate litigator Karas runs the firm her co-founded.

Earlier this year, Karas was also appointed the State’s chairperson of the Legal Services Commission, which provides South Australians facing disadvantage with legal aid, replacing Michael Abbott.

Karas had joined the Legal Services Commission board in 2013.

Jason Karas

Government appointments

Safer Family Services general manager Sarah MacDonald has been appointed to the Training Centre Review board, which determines whether youths in detention are granted conditional release.

The position will run until December 2021.

Prior to her role with Family Services, MacDonald worked for SA Health for more than 13 years across a number of positions in women’s and children’s health.

She was also the principal allied health consultant for the State’s Department of Education.

Meanwhile, John Pierce will lead the Australian Energy Market Commission as chairperson from June 2 until July 3.

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