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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 software and the arts. Plus the latest corporate positions vacant.

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Technology departures

Glen Butler

SA-based software company MGM Wireless announced the retirement of board members Leila Henderson and Glen Butler as Non-Executive Directors.

Henderson is CEO of Australian press release service NewsMaker and a fellow of the New Venture Institute at Flinders University.

She previously worked in journalism as a Senior Editor for Reader’s Digest and Australia Women’s Weekly before moving to The Australian as a technology reporter.

As well as serving on the MGM board for more than six years, she is on boards for Green Industries SA, COTA Insurance and Women in Innovation SA.

Meanwhile, Butler has spent the past three years on the MGM leadership team.

He was previously President of the US-based Pratt Industries, one of the largest global, privately-owned packaging and recycling companies, and held roles as General Manager of subsidiary paper packaging company Visy Board Australia and Managing Director of Mariani Europe, a dried fruit company.

The changing faces of TRSA

Brett Dixon (right).

Thoroughbred Racing SA Chair and Deputy Chair, Frances Nelson QC and David Rasheed, have both stood down in line with constitution requirements, according to a statement from TRSA.

They are replaced by new Chair Rob Rorrison and incoming Deputy Chair Brett Dixon.

The board has further appointed three new Directors: Tibrook Rasheed accountant Stephen Watts, BlueScope Steel National Sales, Marketing and Innovation Manager Matt Lloyde and Deloitte Legal and Tax Director Timothy Stokes.

Nelson and Rasheed will remain on the board for the next six months to assist with the transition.

New TRSA Chair Rorrison is a chartered accountant and Senior Advisor with Taylor Collison following a number of years with Macquarie Group.

He has served on a host of boards and is currently Chairman of Climate Capital and a Non-Executive Director of Hong Kong-based Baiyan International Investments.

Dixon has served on the board of the Darwin Turf Club – home of the Darwin Cup – for the past eight years, the last three of which have been as Chairman.

He is also Northern Territory building company Jaytex Construction Director, which the ABC last year reported had won a $12 million tender to build a multi-purpose grandstand at the Darwin racetrack. A probity auditor found the tender process to be independent and fair.

Corporate Positions: the latest executive jobs in South Australia

Leading architectural design practice Hames Sharley is looking for a Chief Financial Officer to proactively contribute to the organisation’s strategic direction as the key financial adviser to the Managing Director Caillin Howard, who joined the Committee for Adelaide board in October, as well as the Board and Studio Leaders. The CFO will lead the financial and commercial activities of the business, provide detailed analysis and information to inform key business decisions and enhance relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

ICS, a premium supplier of cleaning and facilities services across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, has a unique new role for a General Manager, Business Growth to help imagine, design and deliver this growth. Reporting directly to the Adelaide based CEO as a key member of the Executive Management Team, this role will play an active role in ICS decisions by contributing to the overall strategic and financial performance of the organisation. Responsibilities include enhancing important commercial relationships with key external stakeholders to onsite visits to managing and contributing to the refinement of comprehensive tender processes.

Hendon Semiconductors, a South Australian based company specialising in the design and manufacture of microelectronic products, is on the hunt for engineers, including a Process Engineer with Lean Green Belt qualifications. They will collaborate with the production team to improve processes to fully utilise current and new machine lines, ensuring maximum efficiency in the production of both high volume/low margin and low volume/high margin electronic products. There is also a need for an Electronic Design Engineer that will have input and exposure to PCB and electronics design. Producing systems diagrams and working on mains products, ideal candidates may also have experience in firmware or Apple iOS and Google Android application design for practical engineering purposes.


Arts shifts

Founder, Artistic Director and CEO of ActNow Theatre Edin Kemp Attrill will leave the company from December 18.

In a statement, ActNow Theatre Chairperson Tamsin Anspach said the board would undertake a recruitment process for Kemp Attrill’s replacement.

“Edwin will depart in December 2020 to focus on the next stage of his career and professional development,” she said.

Kemp Attrill co-founded the Adelaide-based youth and community performance company in 2007 and has since held a handful of performing arts leadership roles, including as Artistic Director for Adelaide University’s Theatre Guild and the Feast Festival’s Youth Project Officer.

Steven Woolhouse.
Sandy Verschool. Photo: Gavin McMillan.

Meanwhile, the Adelaide Festival Trust has appointed SA public servant Steven Woolhouse to its board while Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor has been reappointed for a three-year term.

Woolhouse fills a vacancy left by Hugh Hamilton Wines CEO Mary Hamilton earlier in the year.

As well as his role with the Trust, Woolhouse is Executive Director, Communities and Corporate for the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

He’s spent 15 years with the department, including three as the Chief Financial Officer, a further 10 years in various financial roles and a short stint as Acting Chief Operating Officer.

Woolhouse also previously helped lead the financial and management accounting services for Arts South Australia as Manager Financial Services.

Meanwhile, Verschoor has spent the past five years in local government and, for the past two decades, held some of the most high profile arts positions in the state.

In the past three years she has been Executive Producer for the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and she previously held arts and culture roles, including Adelaide Fringe and Festival CEO, SA Writers Centre Chair and Arts Projects Australia Associate Director.

She has sat on boards for the Adelaide Film Festival, Premier’s Climate Change Council, Capital City Committee, disability housing organisation Aliro and more.

Rainer Jozeps.

In another part of the art world, Rainer Jozeps has been appointed incoming ACE Open Chair.

He replaces inaugural Chair Kate Irving who oversaw the amalgamation of the Contemporary Arts Centre of SA and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation.

Jozeps is Hobart’s Dark Mofo Music Advisor as well as visual and perming arts consultant.

He has previously helped lead the West Australian Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre and was Managing Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Keolis Downer names Managing Director

Robert Tatton-Jones

Former Melbourne-based Yarra Trams Chief Operating Officer Robert Tatton-Jones has been appointed Managing Director for Keolis Downer Adelaide, the private company which will operate the Adelaide metro train service from January 31.

Tatton-Jones’ appointment is effective from today (November 2).

According to his LinkedIn profile, Tatton-Jones started his career in the UK with British Rail Limited as a dual trained fitter before working his way up the ladder holding several key executive and leadership roles with companies including Metro Trains Melbourne, Siemens and infrastructure firm AECOM.

Wellbeing SA appointment

Alice McDonald has joined Wellbeing SA as Program Manager, Community Services and Partnerships.

McDonald previously helped lead health care strategies across the Office for Ageing Well for more than a decade as Manager of the Aged Care Strategy Unit and Manager of the Aged Care Assessment Program.

New SA Judge

Northern Territory Bar Association President Miles Crawley has been appointed as a District Court Judge and Deputy President of the South Australian Employment Tribunal from December 7.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said Crawley would replace a vacancy left by retired Judge Leonie Farrell.

Crawley’s appointment follows 30 years as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia across courts including magistrates, district and supreme, as well as the administrative appeals tribunal.

Since 2010, he has practised as a barrister in the Northern Territory and three years ago was appointed as Senior Counsel to the state’s supreme court.

Off-field movements

Kate Harkness has been appointed as the Adelaide Strikers General Manager.

She joined the club as Operations Manager in 2016, before being named Senior Manager after three years in the role.

Harkness got her start in sport working across commercial marketing and media for AFL team the Brisbane Lions before moving to Richmond Football Club for two years.

Former Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas. Photo: AAP/Kelly Barnes

Meanwhile, Port Adelaide Football Club has announced Matthew Richardson as its new CEO starting November 2.

He replaces Keith Thomas after 10 years in the role.

InDaily reported in October that Thomas had offered to extend his stay with the club for a further 12 months but the board had chosen to seek a new day-to-day leader.

Richardson joined the club in 2001 as Marketing Manager for the SNAFL Magpies before being named CEO when the team became its own entity.

He joined the Power as General Manager of Marketing and Consumer Affairs in 2008 and in 2018 was made the team’s Executive General Manager.

Announcing the appointment at the Port Adelaide best and fairest presentation last week, Chairman David Koch said he’d initially wanted the role to be filled by someone “from outside the club”.

“But no candidate we spoke to seemed to have the all-round package that Richo brings. I was always subconsciously benchmarking them against him,” Koch said.

“I didn’t ever want to be accused of making the easy decision so we got Andrew Demetriou’s sports executive recruitment firm to scour the market and put Richo through the wringer.

“The end result was Andrew concluded we had the best person right here already.”

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

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