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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 environment and wine. Who’s who on the Corporate Ladder? Read on.

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KESAB stalwart calls it a day

Wendy Bevan

Environmental not-for-profit KESAB has appointed Wendy Bevan as CEO following the departure of executive director John Phillips, who retires tomorrow (July 14) after 31 years.

Bevan has held a number of senior roles across the public service and in advocacy, most recently as manager of government relations and policy for the South Australian Hotels Association.

She previously worked in management for RAA, and in the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure for five years.

KESAB chair Ros DeGaris said Bevan had “experience in environmental projects and recycling policy all of which contribute to supporting KESAB’s core capabilities”.

Meanwhile, nine board members have been appointed to lead Green Adelaide, an inaugural leadership team which will work to increase biodiversity throughout the city and help to create open, green spaces.

The Green Adelaide board is chaired by International Koala Centre of Excellence CEO and Cleland Wildlife Park CSA Chris Daniels, with former City of Marion Mayor Felicity-Ann Lewis as deputy.

Other members are: City of Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Claire Boan, Kaurna Yarta Aboriginal Corporation chair Jeffery Newchurch, The Learning Foundation CEO and founder Louka Parry, City of Marion CEO Adrian Skull, former environmental and renewable energy consultant Trixie Smith, Kelvin Trimper Consulting principle Kelvin Trimper and Society managing director Dena Vassallo.

Not too far afield, the inaugural Murraylands and Riverland Landscape board announced six members.

Replacing the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM board, new members include Bulla Burra operations manager Andrew Biele, former Agricultural Bureau SA executive officer Greg Cock, PIRSA regional coordinator for Riverland and Murraylands Barb Cowey, Angove Family Winemakers general manager Jim Godden, Coorong District Councillor Lisa Rowntree and Bookpurnong Fruits manager Jason Size.


TGB appoints two partners

Samuel Joyce
Luke Officer

Former senior law associates Samuel Joyce and Luke Officer have become partners with Adelaide-based firm Tindall Gask Bentley.

Joyce has been with the company for four years, specialising in litigation, particularly in administrative, criminal and workplace law. He also represents clients in the courts and in the ICAC, Ombudsman and Coronial jurisdictions.

He was previously a state prosecutor and an associate to a Supreme Court judge in WA.

Officer practises in a number of areas, including criminal, disciplinary and workplace matters.

Outside of law, he is president of the South Gawler Football Club and board member for Light the Way Foundation SA.

Mining movement

Hillgrove Resources has announced the departure of CFO and company secretary Paul Kiley after five years, with Joe Sutanto stepping in as company secretary.

The mining company runs the Kanmantoo Copper project 55-kilometres east of Adelaide.

Prior to his role with Hillgrove, Kiley consulted on a number of resource projects, including the Newmont Mining Corporation golden grove project in Western Australia.

He remains with Hillgrove in a part-time advisory role.

Sutano has worked for Hillgrove in group finance for almost a decade. He will continue in this role.

Architects reach new heights

Anthony Balsamo and Mark Berlangieri

Architecture firm Walter Brooke has named long-standing associate directors Anthony Balsamo and Mark Berlangieri as directors.

The pair have worked together for the past 17 years, after studying together at the University of Adelaide.

They’ve collaborated on projects such as Adelaide Oval Redevelopment and Eos by SkyCity.

Balsamo was also a SA chapter councillor for the Australian Institute of Architects from 2014-16.

Creative shifts

Arts Projects Australia co-directors Lee Cumberlidge and Ian Scobie. Photo: Morgan Sette

Insite Arts principal and founding director Lee Cumberlidge has joined Ian Scobie as SA-based Arts Projects Australia co-director.

InDaily last week reported Cumberlidge would help present a full-scale version of WOMADelaide in 2021.

The director of Insite Arts has produced events such as the MONA FOMA summer festival in Hobart. He is also the founder of share work space and café in. Studio + Café.

Keeping Pertaringa in the family

Bec Hardy, daughter Matilda and husband Richard Dolan.

Bec Hardy has taken over the reins of the McLaren Vale wine brand Pertaringa from her father Geoff Hardy.

Hardy and her husband Richard Dolan, former CEO at Wines by Geoff Hardy, purchased the brand, which included the McLaren Vale vineyard after managing the business for almost a decade.

Pertaringa now falls under the umbrella of Bec Hardy Wines.

Bec established the portfolio in 2015.

In 2019 she became joint managing director of the brand with Dolan.

Hardy is a sixth generation member of and the first female vigneron from one of Australia’s oldest wine families.

Geoff and Fiona Hardy will continue to manage the running of the K1 brand and cellar door, as well as associated events.

Government appointments

Ben Doyle, Toni Vozzo and Dick Whitington.

After acting as chief executive for the Department for Innovation and Skills since April, Adam Reid has been appointed to the role.

Reid previously held executive positions in the Department of State Development and Department of Trade and Economic Development.

Senior dispute resolution lawyer Toni Vozzo has joined the Magistrates Court, following the retirement of Alfio Grasso.

In addition to her work on commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Vozzo has chaired the Law Society’s Wellbeing and Resilience Committee since 2012.

Vozzo has also been appointed to the Protective Security Officer Tribunal and Police Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has named Maurine Pyke as chair and Simon Ower as deputy.

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

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