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

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Fresh CEO to drive Cochrane’s

South Australian freight company Cochrane's has appointed Martin Robb as its new CEO.

Robb has more than 35 years’ experience in supply chain and operations management across a variety of consumer goods businesses.

During this time, he has held a number of senior positions including as TMK Consulting Engineers CEO, Blackmores Group Operations Director and Director of Transformation with Wattyl.

Robb has replaced Bruce Hampson who was in the role for almost a decade.

Hampson has moved to Auscold Logistics as Operations Manager.

Not-for-profits bring in new faces

Rachel McKay

The Jodi Lee Foundation has named Rachel McKay as its new General Manager.

McKay has worked across a broad spectrum of organisations in medical, life sciences, human health and wellbeing sectors for more than 18 years.

She has spent the past five years with the Heart Foundation as Director of Advocacy Strategy and the SA Director of Health.

Previously, McKay was the Business Development Manager of CSIRO’s flagship national preventative health research, which aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through the prevention and early detection of chronic diseases.

As well as her position with the Jodi Lee Foundation, McKay is a Commercial Advisor for the KickStart for Kids – a role she started in April.

Belinda Petersen

The South Australian charity, which provides a breakfast and lunch program to underprivileged children in SA, also recently named Tony Royal and Belinda Petersen as new board appointments.

Royal is general manager at Portavin SA, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the former Oeneo Australasia CEO.

He has also had an extensive career in winemaking with Southcorp and Mildara Blass.

Petersen is the Director of public relations agency BPPR, which she founded in 2013. In this role she has worked with a range of national and local clients in sectors incuding wine, sport and property development.

She also sits on the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival and Adelaide 36ers boards.

Petersen has previously held roles with Parks Victoria and the South Australian Museum.

Accountant steps up

Andrew Barlow

Andrew Barlow has been named a Wealth Advisory Director with accounting and advisory firm William Buck. The position is a step up from Barlow’s former role as Principal and brings the firms number of directors to three.

Barlow has been with William Buck for more than seven years having previously worked as Treasurer for not-for-profit the Victoria League and as a paraplanner for boutique firm Shearer and Elliss Financial Strategies.

William Buck SA Managing Director Jamie McKeough said Barlow’s appointment made him one of the firm’s youngest directors.

“It’s a rapid but thoroughly deserving rise and in line with our mantra of identifying and rewarding ambitious and talented people based on performance and attitude, regardless of age,” McKeough said.

Building board names top officer

Maree Wauchope

The Construction Industry Training board has appointed Barunga West Council CEO Maree Wauchope as its Presiding Officer.

Wauchope takes over from Peter Kennedy, who left the role in May.

Throughout her career, she has worked in construction in senior executive roles across the public and private sectors for the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Land Management Corporation and Rod Hook and Associates. She is also a member of the Training and Skills Commission.

A statement from the board said in her role Wauchope would help the construction industry through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A priority will be to work with training organisations to ensure the full breadth of construction training, particularly for apprentices, continues," Wauchope said.

"Government and industry expect the CITB to invest what money it has in the most effective way to ensure the industry receives what it needs right now to recover as quickly as possible.

"We will prioritise funding for immediate skills and training activities, and support for apprentices. As the construction industry undergoes significant challenges, SA needs the CITB now more than ever."

Government appointments

Constantinos Kyriacou has been appointed as a member of the Training Centre Review board with Karmen Conway as deputy.

The Teachers Registration board has named Melissa White as a member with Christine Harford as deputy.

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


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