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

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HLB Mann Judd adds partner

After more than a decade with financial consultants HLB Mann Judd, Katelyn Adams has been named as a Corporate Partner.

Adams has most recently worked as a Corporate Manager for the firm, after graduating from Flinders University and starting her career with mid-tier audit and review services Grant Thornton Australia.

Outside of her role with the firm, she is company secretary for agricultural investment companies Duxton Broadacre Farms and Duxton Water, the governing council chairperson for Craigburn Primary School and sits on the finance advisory committee for the school.

“I’ve grown up at HLB and I’m really passionate about working with my clients and providing practical solutions. So, I’m really looking forward to embracing this next step in my career,” Adams said.

Marketers on the move

Claudia Peixoto.
Danielle Cash

Teamgage has announced Claudia Peixoto will head its new marketing and communications department in a bid to support the organisation’s growth.

The Brazilian moved to Australia in 2015 and spent three years in Sydney before heading to Adelaide where she took up a role with educational institute Ironwood. She has since worked for workplace health and safety software provider Rapid.

A statement from the company said Peixoto would build the marketing department “reviewing all current systems to establish how best to educate and communicate the brand’s offering to global leaders who want to build high performing teams in their workplace and secure a strong and lasting team culture”.

Meanwhile, Danielle Cash has been appointed Marketing, Communications and Engagement Manager for the History Trust of South Australia.

Cash has more than 25 years experience in marketing across the public and private sectors, including for Coffey International Development, Women in Innovation and Technology SA, Treasury Wine Estates and the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority.

Golf manager earns taste of Park life

David Rice
Chris Daniels

Former Glenelg Golf Clubhouse Operations Manager David Rice has become the Cleland Wildlife Park General Manager.

He has replaced Chris Daniels, who after two years has moved to the International Koala Centre of Excellence as CEO.

Daniels is also Green Adelaide Landscape board Chair.

Between 2014 and 2018, he was a professor of biology for the University of South Australia, as well as a member of the Adelaide Mt Lofty NRM board.

While Rice has worked across industries including media, wine and hospitality and sport.

He spent eight years as a photographer for the Taylor Group of Newspapers before joining Kellermeister Barossa Valley.

Between 2015 and 2019 Rice led Sandy Creek Golf Club, during which time he was named manager of the year at the Clubs SA Awards for Excellence.

Riverland tourism gets hotel treatment

Ben Patten

Regional tourism organisation Destination Riverland has appointed Ben Patten as its new General Manager.

Patten previously worked as Group Director of Sales and Marketing for 1834 Hotels following more than a decade with Accor Hotels in Australia and internationally.

He replaces Caroline Phillips after five years in the position.

According to a statement from Destination Riverland, Phillips left the role to focus on her position as District Council of Karoonda East Murray mayor and her family farming operations.

Theatre troupe under new management

Penny Camens

SA children's theatre troupe Patch Theatre has announced Penny Camens as its new General Manager.

A statement from the company said she would work alongside Artistic Director Geoff Cobham and Producer Teena Munn.

Camens first joined Patch Theatre in late 2018 after spending six years working for Country Arts SA as an Arts Programs Associate Producer.

Throughout her career, Camens has worked with SA-based arts companies, as well as national and international organisations, including Adelaide Fringe, State Theatre Company South Austrtalia, MONA FOMA and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Australian Institute of Architects president elect

Director of multi-disciplinary architecture firm Tectvs, Tony Giannone, has been announced as the Australian Institute of Architects President Elect for 2021-22.

Giannone is a University of Adelaide industry professor and the president of the South Australian Institute of Architects president.

Fresh to Adelaide Central Market board

Nicole Haack

The Adelaide Central Market Authority has appointed business leaders Nicole Haack, Christine Locher and Steve Marafiote to run the board for the next three years, following property mogul Theo Maras’s appointment as Chair in June.

Haack is Managing Director of communication and stakeholder engagement agency The Message Bureau and Managing Director of The Message Pod, with which Solstice Media is a partner.

She has also previously served on SA’s Variety the Children’s Charity board as Chairperson.

Christine Locher
Steve Marafiote

Locher will continue to manage consultancy VUCA Trusted Advisors Director, which she co-founded in 2014.

Alongside her role with the advisory firm, Locher is a council member for the University of Adelaide, a board director for Business SA and Principal of consultancy firm Solutions@Locher.

Sustainable agricultural company Sundrop Farms CEO Marafiote has spent more than 16 years in leadership roles across livestock, manufacturing, agriculture, retail and foodservice.

His board experience includes Chair of the Premiers Food Council, Marvel Packers Chair, International Trade and Commerce Council.

Government appointments

Flinders University professor Jennene Greenhill has been named Deputy Chairperson of the Health Performance Council. She was previously a council member.

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

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