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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 tech and finance. Who’s who on the Corporate Ladder? Read on.

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Three new faces at aged care provider

Tim McDougall
Melissa McDougall

South Australian aged care provider Enabling Confidence at Home has made three technology-related appointments to its executive team.

Chris Dury has joined as Chief Information Officer, while Tim and Melissa McDougall have been named Billy General Manager and Chief Technology Officer.

It followed the acquisition of Billy, a home monitoring startup, earlier this year which Tim and Melissa co-founded.

Dury has held a number of senior positions in a diverse range of organisations in Australia and overseas, including service delivery organisation Empired and IT company OBS.

As well as his role with ECH, Dury is CTO of startup Traversity, which develops technology to help health professionals work in collaboration.

Tim has worked in consulting, presenting and training across industries such as manufacturing, medical and health, finance and law.

He and Melissa founded Billy in 2014 in a bid to use technology to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible.

Prior to starting Billy, Melissa worked as a digital consultant for organisations including the Victorian Domestic Violence Resource Centre, GO1 Digital Agency and MoatMedia.

Micro-X gets fresh marketing face

Tennille Reed

Hi-tech company Micro-X has named Tennille Reed as its Strategic Marketing Manager.

Reed has spent more than 20 years developing and implementing marketing strategies across Australian and the US to drive business growth.

She previously held senior and national marketing roles with Ford Motor Company, Carl Zeiss Vision and Elders.

For the last six years, Reed worked as Marketing Manager for advanced automotive manufacturing company REDARC Electronics.

New appointment to drive RAA

Tom Griffiths
David Russell

SA-based insurance company RAA has appointed Tom Griffiths as CE of Insurance. He replaces David Russell and will commence the role on September 1.

A statement from the company said Russell would “transition to retirement by providing support to executive management as General Manager of Services until next year”.

Already a member of the organisation’s leadership team, Griffiths has led the company’s strategy and operations for finance, tax and investment as CFO and as Membership and Brand Officer.

He started with the company in 2008 and spent his first eight years as General Manager of Sales and Marketing.

Prior to working for RAA, Griffiths held senior leadership positions with Telstra and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Asia Pacific Leadership team.

Accounting firm expands

Mark D'Angelica

BDO Adelaide has grown its tax expertise adding Mark D’Angelica as Senior Tax Manager.

D’Angelica moved from Beach Energy Limited, where he was Tax Manager since 2013.

It followed more than three years as a corporate tax consultant for EY, having studied a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide. He got a Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of NSW.

BDO Adelaide Office Managing Partner Rudy Pieck said while tax was a constant growth area for the firm nationally, it had become more intensified as businesses continued to navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winery hunts for new CEO

Gibson Wines CEO Rob Gibson will step down as head of the Barossa Valley winery once a replacement is found following more than 13 years leading his family’s vineyard.

A viticulturalist, Gibson worked for Penfolds for 12 years before founding Barossavale Wines in 1999.

He started Gibson Wines in 2007.

The winery owner told InDaily the business was on the hunt for his replacement and he would look to reduce his workload but remain as a board director as he transitioned to retirement

“I’m going back to the core skill of wine making … and making way for someone else to help manage and reduce risk in difficult times,” he said.

Music SA appointments

Deb Edwards
Tim Haslam

Music SA has appointed music and arts publicist Deb Edwards, chartered accountant Tim Haslam and lawyer Angus Crawford to its board and Balya Productions executive producer Letisha Ackland as Industry Development Co-Ordinator - First Nations.

Edwards joins the organisation with more than 35 years’ experience across concert tour promotion and event coordination, including for the Adelaide Superloop 500 concert series and country music artists Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey.

She is also a consultant to Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.

The board’s new Treasurer, Haslam works with SA business services firm Perks providing tax and accounting services.

As well as his career in finance, Haslam is a musician.

Angus Crawford
Letisha Ackland

Dentons commercial lawyer Crawford is a musician with pop rock band The Montreals.

He previously managed events at Fat Controller Club.

While Ackland runs a mentor and education connector service within the South Australian First Nations performing arts and events sector.

Ackland has previously worked on Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival.

Corporate Ladder is part of our weekly Business Insights edition, which is brought to you by BDO.

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