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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 construction and agriculture. On the hunt for your next challenge? The latest executive employment opportunities also join Corporate Ladder.

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Former Property Council head to lead SAFPA

Daniel Le Feuvre

The South Australian Forest Products Association has announced former Property Council chief Nathan Paine as its inaugural CEO.

Paine was an Executive Director on the Property Council for almost seven years before becoming CCO between 2013 and 2014.

The Property and Consulting Director was General Manager of MacroPlan Dimasi for two years before becoming a professional lobbyist as Managing Director of Capetal Advisory until 2019.

Earlier this year, Paine unsuccessfully ran for Adelaide City Council to fill former councillor Houssam Abiad’s then-vacant central ward seat.

He was also previously a director of Press Gallery Adelaide.

Interim Chair Keith Lamb said Paine’s appointment would provide a single unified voice for the South Australian Forest Products Sector, bringing together South Australia’s timber growers, processors, and manufacturers.

“We are excited to announce Nathan’s appointment as he brings to the role the experience and energy required to lead our organisation and represent our foundation members to the members of state parliament, whether they be government, opposition or the cross-bench, as well as the wider business community of South Australia,” Lamb said.

Paine said he was looking forward to representing the forestry products industry in South Australia.

“Forestry is already a core industry and employer in South Australia and will be a centrepiece to the economic revitalisation of South Australia – not just in the regions of the South East and Kangaroo Island but indeed the entire state,” he said.

Meanwhile, AgriFutures Australia has named Daniel Le Feuvre as a board director, joining four other new members: Andrew Harris, Cindy Cassidy, Diana Gibbs and Emma Robinson.

Le Feurve is the Australian Bee Services Managing Director and previously worked as a research agronomist and farm consultant with Ag Consulting Co.

Changing hospitality faces

Rob Parsons

Former Mayfair and Adabco Hotels Director of Food and Beverage Rob Parsons has been appointed General Manager of Venues at Sparkke.

The hospitality heavyweight has had a long-standing career in the South Australian and Australian tourism and food and wine industries, including as Co-owner and Director of Wallaroo Marina Alehouse on SA’s Yorke Peninsula.

Parsons is also the former Director of Treasury on King William and Botanic Bar.

He was previously General Manager of Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney.

Outside of his hospitality work, Parsons is a board member for Surfing SA.

Jo Pippos has been named General Manager of Riverland Wine, replacing Chris Byrne after 18 years.

Riverland Wine represents SA Riverland winegrape growers and wineries and is the union for the Riverland Winegrape Growers Association and the Riverland Wine Industry Development Council.

A statement from the organisation said Byrne had stepped down from his executive position to focus on Chairmanship of the combined growers and winemakers’ group.

Pippos takes over the role having worked in the almond industry for Costa Brothers Hullers & Shellers and on the Almond Board of Australia for the past 15 years.

According to LinkedIn, she has also spent almost a decade with graphic design company Exaisia Inspirations as Managing Director and Graphic Designer and is the Berri Softball Club Treasurer.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities


The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board is seeking a General Manager to deliver its regional landscape plan. Based on Kangaroo Island, the General Manager reports to the Chair of the Board and needs outstanding skills in leadership, relationship building, people and change management, stakeholder management, partnering, co-designing projects with stakeholders, strategic thinking, operational delivery, cultural competency and the ability to form strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.

A well established South Australian entity with strong ties to both the public and private sector, employing circa 200 staff and with revenue approaching $100m is looking for a Chief Product Officer. Reporting to the CEO and with high visibility to the Board, this role will have responsibility for leading a small but dedicated team optimising a clear path to revenue growth through the coordination, design, development and delivery of new products and services informed by customer insights and strategic market analysis.

The SA Housing Authority is looking to fill two positions, the first being a Land Development Manager to project manage multiple urban renewal land development projects. Complete development cycle experience is essential, from planning to development approval processes to handover. The second position is Manager Affordable Housing Capital Program responsible for the delivery of the program. Responsibilities include the delivery of high level, robust feasibility analysis and financial modelling and managing an effective affordable housing sales strategy.

Lawyer climbs the ranks

Alexandra Cobiac

Insurance lawyer Alexandra Cobiac has been made Partner with Finlaysons Lawyers.

Cobiac joined the firm through a clerkship program in 2012, after completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide.

She has been climbing the ranks for the past eight years.

Finlaysons Managing Partner Andrew Dyda congratulated Cobiac on the role: “Alex’s continued hard work, strong client relationships and constant efforts in developing and mentoring numerous other staff have been integral to the ongoing growth and development of our Insurance Team."

Stocker joins Angas Securities 

Angas Securities EC Andrew Luckhurst-Smith and Kellie Stocker

Adelaide-based licensed fund manager Angas Securities has appointed former federal Treasury legal and economic analyst Kellie Stocker to the company’s board as a non-executive director. 

Stocker has a diverse professional background spanning economics, law and business and spent two years in the private sector with the Sustainable Investment Research Institute and with Buchan Consulting Group in Melbourne. 

Between 2016 and 2019 Stocker tutored economics at the University of Adelaide.

Construction lobbyist steps away

Construction lobbyist Phil Sutherland has resigned as Civil Contractors Federation South Australia Chief Executive, effective January.

The Federation said Sutherland’s departure marked the end of a nine-year tenure with the organisation.

In a statement, Sutherland said the decision would allow him to consider alternative career opportunities and for the CCF (SA) to “refresh and refocus at a time civil construction will be a cornerstone behind the pace and success of SA’s post-COVID recovery”.

Prior to his role with the CCF, Sutherland was CEO of the SA Chamber of Mines and Energy.

He was also a member of the Construction and Industry Training Board and remains on the Premier's Pandemic Industry Response and Recovery Council.


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

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