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Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments


In this weekly column, InDaily tracks the movements of those driving South Australia’s public and private sectors in industries including healthcare and local government.

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Peter de Cure will take over from Loretta Reynolds as chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) central operations – spanning South Australia and the Northern Territory.

A former KPMG partner, de Cure has a background in governance, finance, accounting, taxation, mergers and acquisitions. He joined the RFDS central operations board in 2018 and has been chairman of the finance committee for the past two years.

De Cure said it was a privilege to serve RFDS as chairman.

“With it the responsibility shared by the board of advocating and governing delivery of improved health outcomes for rural and remote South Australians and Territorians,” he said.

Reynolds remains on the board as deputy chair and as the RFDS Federation Board central operations delegate. She is also partner and chair of national law firm Thomson Geer.

Peter de Cure.

Reynolds joined the board in 2011 and served as chair for the past three years.

Top job in aged care

Last month, InDaily reported Resthaven Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, would retire as CEO from the aged care facility after 26 years.

Resthaven has since found Hearn’s replacement – Resthaven manager of governance and corporate services Darren Birbeck.

Birbeck has worked in local government as City of Charles Sturt general manager of corporate services and with ECH (formerly Elderly Citizens Homes) in South Australia.

Darren Birbeck.

Birbeck said he looked forward to continuing to have a positive influence on people’s lives.

“The road ahead is a challenging one, but we have the opportunity to implement the positive reforms and innovative models of care and services needed to redefine the future of ageing in this country,” he said.

“Resthaven is well placed to take advantage of these opportunities due to its strong financial position and commitment to providing quality care and support for older people and their carers.

‘With a proud history spanning 85 years, it is important to honour this legacy while adapting and evolving to ensure that we are in the best position to meet future challenges.”

Birbeck will begin as CEO on June 1.

Rundle Mall Management Authority

Rundle Mall Management Authority (RMMA) has two new board members – Fiona Krawczyk and Fairlie Delbridge – who will assist in promoting the Rundle Mall precinct.

Fairlie Delbridge.

The pair replace marketing specialist Lauren Zonfillo and urban designer David Cooke.

Marketing manager at Haigh’s Chocolates since 2012, Krawczyk has held roles with Rymill Coonawarra winery, the South Australian Tourism Commission, and Tea Tree Plaza.

Delbridge is managing director of property development and project management firm Cminus and Delcooke Property Group and is a non-executive director of Junction Australia.

She was previously a non-executive director of Unity Housing, commissioner for the State Planning Commission and worked as general manager of strategy and Innovation for Renewal SA.

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