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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 health and manufacturing. Who’s who on the Corporate Ladder? Read on.

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New face for hospital foundation

Michael Luchich.

Optus Australia state director SA and NT Michael Luchich has been appointed chair of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation.

He takes over from Nick Begakis, who will step down from the role on June 30 after almost 20 years.

Luchich has previously worked across corporate, enterprise and government sectors in Australian and New Zealand.

Tennis SA serves up new board members

Col Lawson.

Joanna Lydeamore.

Tennis SA has made three new appointments to its board from July 1: West Lakes Tennis Club president Col Lawson, Memorial Drive Tennis Club and the Women’s MidWeek Grasscourts Tennis Association secretary Joanna Lydeamore and Tennis Seniors SA treasurer Roger Sanderson.

Lawson has been president of the West Lakes Tennis Club for almost two decades. He is also director of consultancy firm Lawson Risk Management Services.

Meanwhile, Lydeamore worked across marketing and business development as well as running a personal training business.

She is the daughter of Tennis SA’s first president, Dennis Dall.

Sanderson has been a board member of SA’s Tennis Seniors Association since 2016 and was previously on Cancer Council SA’s finance committee.

Arts movements 

Director of Writers SA Jessica Alice has been named deputy chair of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia, replacing Vitalstatistix director Emma Webb.

Alice joins Adelaide Film Festival manager Gail Kovatseff and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra managing director Vince Ciccarello on the council’s leadership team.

Alan Cumming.

Alice joined Writers SA in 2018 after spending the majority of her career in Melbourne in leadership roles with organisations including the Melbourne Writers Festival, National Young Writers Festival and Regional Arts Victoria.

Scottish actor and cabaret star Alan Cumming was yesterday announced as the first-ever international artistic director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. 

Also in Arts news, musician and radio host Kim Roberts will step in as Music SA’s general manager as of July.

Kim Roberts.

Roberts takes over from CEO Lisa Bishop, who has been in the role since 2015.

For the past two years, Roberts has worked as head of training at Music SA.

The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust has appointed the Adelaide Football Club deputy chair Jim Hazel to lead the organisation.

InDaily last week reported Hazel would take over from prominent QC Michael Abbott while State Theatre Company South Australia artistic director Mitchell Butel would become a board member.

Manufacturing loss

Adelaide-based manufacturing company Adbri Limited deputy chairman and lead independent director Zlatko Todorcevski last week resigned.

Todorcevski has moved to construction supplier Boral where he will take up the role of  CEO and managing director from the beginning of next month.

Adbri has replaced Todorcevski with Vanessa Guthrie as lead independent director but a statement from the company said it intended to recruit an experienced independent non-executive director. 

State government appointments

The Teachers Registration board of South Australia has appointed educational public servant Marina Elliott and former deputy member Ian Lamb to it’s leadership team.

While Andrew Clarke has been appointed to the Training and Skills Commission.

The Dairy Authority of South Australia has named George Kamancak as a new board member and Michael Connor as a reoccurring appointment.

A raft of members have been appointed to the Construction Industry Training board including: Barunga West CEO Maree Wauchope, Sarah’s Construction manager Anthony Carbone, former CFMEU boss Aaron Cartledge,  commercial development and planning expert Amanda Price-McGregor, Property Council SA director Daniel Gannon, Master Builders Association SA CEO Ian Markos, accountant Nicholas Handley, Curran Risk Management director Patrick Curran, Hichinbotham Design director Ruth Vagnarelli, SA Housing Industry Association regional director Stephen Knight, Civil Contractors Federation SA director Victoria Griffith.

Deputy members appointed were: former Australian Subcontractors Association chair Paul Williams, CPB Contractors people and culture advisor Carla Mellor, professional company director Claudia Goldsmith, Burke Urban Developments managing director Kym Burke, Pluming Industry Association SA Andrew Clarke, construction lawyer Mardi Conduit, Land Services SA CE Brenton Pike, Technical and Vocational Educational and Training consultant Madeline Frost, Mossop Constructions and interiors Neil Mossop and Civil Contractors Federation Phillip Sutherland.

The education and early childhood services registration and standards board has appointed Department of Premier and Cabinet principal policy officer Peta Smith and Department for Education Early Years and Childhood Development director Caroline Croser-Barlow as members, as well as Ian Lamb and Andrew Wells as deputy members.

Positions listed

Disability service provider Disability Living has advertised for a new CEO to help lead and develop the executive team.

SA Police is searching for a director of human resources.

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

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