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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 technology and engineering. Plus the latest executive employment opportunities.

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Inaugural Aboriginal Affairs Executive Committee named

A new leadership group of nine co-chairs, known as the Senior Management Council’s Aboriginal Affairs Executive Committee, has been announced to lead four State Government “working groups”.

Department for Correctional Services Director, Aboriginal Services Scharlene Lamont and Department of Treasury and Finance Chief Executive David Reynolds will oversee the Over-Representation of Aboriginal South Australians in the Criminal Justice System working group. 

Metropolitan Senior Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Worker, Women’s and Children’s Health Network Judith Lovegrove, will help lead a Building Capacity in Vulnerable Families Working Group alongside Department of Human Services Aboriginal Child Wellbeing Practitioner Lisa Hanson-Agius and Department for Energy and Mining Chief Executive Paul Heithersay.

An Economic Participation (Employment and Procurement) working group will be co-chaired by SA Housing Authority Senior Manager, Aboriginal Partnerships Loretta Romeo and Department for Child Protection CE Cathy Taylor.

Supporting the Growth in Community Controlled Organisations working group will be co-chaired by Donna Robb the Principal Leadership Development Advisor with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment and Department for Education Rick Persse.

In a statement, the State Government said the Committee was established to improve outcomes for Aboriginal South Australians.

“The Aboriginal Affairs Executive Committee seeks to establish a mechanism where decision makers are supplied with the tools and information they need from leading Aboriginal public servants to ensure appropriate opportunities exist for them to provide considered, collective input into legislative or administrative measures that impact upon them,” the statement said.

It said working group membership was being finalised by the co-chairs and would draw on candidates from across the public service.

Adelaide-based national engineering appointment

Darren Bilsborough.

Engineering and project management company Meinhardt Australia has appointed Adelaide-based strategic consultant Darren Bilsborough to its national Building Services Director ANZ role.

Bilsborough’s experience across the design and construction industry include as Director of sustainable property development company Cminus, Property Council of Australia’s South Australian Division’s Sustainable Development Committee Inaugural Chair and Director and Studio Leader of architecture and design firm Hames Sharley.

Between 2009 and 2014 he was also an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at Western Australia’s Curtin University.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

South Australian success story the Haircare Group is looking for a General Manager – Sales and Marketing to join the dynamic privately-owned group of companies that imports, distributes, manufactures and exports premium hair and beauty products. Reporting to the Managing Director, the candidate will have a strategic and operational focus, leading a large multi-disciplined team across Australia and New Zealand and will have had demonstrated success in a comparable FMCG or distribution domain. Proven experience managing a large team to operationalise a digital transformation or significant project is essential.

Resthaven Incorporated is on the hunt for a Senior People & Culture Manager to help the iconic organisation maintain its leadership in the rapidly growing aged and community services sector. Reporting to the Executive Manager People & Culture, this pivotal role is responsible for a significant portion of the P&C portfolio including recruitment, HR advisory and payroll. The Manager will lead a small HR team as well as the digital transformation and development of workforce analytics. Resthaven is looking for someone with the experience to develop proactive and pragmatic HR services in a comparably complex and geographically dispersed service delivery organisation.

Defence electronics company Ultra requires a Contracts Manager to manage customer contracts and oversee supply chain activities. Located in the Mawson Lakes tech cluster, the company is part of the global Ultra Electronics group. Besides contracts, the Manager is responsible for managing commercial risks and opportunities and providing leadership to the Procurement Specialist. Experience in Australia’s defence industry will be very highly regarded and holding (or the ability to obtain) a Defence Security Clearance – Secret is essential.

New chair for aged care provider

Rosina Hislop

South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has announced Adelaide business leader Rosina Hislop as its Chair.

Hislop, who has served as ECH Deputy Chair for four years, replaces outgoing Chair Sue Vardon.

A chartered accountant and former partner at EY, Hislop has spent the last six years as the Australian Institute of Company Directors National Facilitator and, since 2016, led the Local Government Association of SA Audit Committee as Chair.

She holds a number of current board roles including with Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging and as Chair of Seymour College, as well as previously chairing the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council.

SA business leader to guide museum board

Kim Cheater

PwC Partner Kim Cheater has been announced as incoming Chair of the South Australian Museum Board for a three-year term, effective November 12.

Cheater leads the accounting firm’s Governance, Risk Management, Internal Audit and Cyber Security practice in Adelaide and is Co-Chair of PwC’s National Reconciliation Governance Committee. He was also previously Managing Partner of the company’s Adelaide Office.

Throughout his career, Cheater has served on a number of boards including the Flinders Business School Advisory board and the SA-based Alwyndor Aged Care board.


Cheater said he was honoured to lead the museum board “at such an important time in the Museum's ongoing story”.

“The South Australian Museum has a critical role to play in the development of the new Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre at Lot Fourteen and this will present many new opportunities for the Museum,” Cheater said.

“I am looking forward to working with the team to continue to build on the great legacy we have been given and to have a significant impact for future generations.”

Australian Institute for Machine Learning appoints co-director

Simon Lucey has joined Anton Van Den Hengel as Co-Director of the Australian Institute for Machine Learning at the University of Adelaide.

Originally from Queensland, Lucey studied a PhD in audio-visual speech processing at Queensland University of Technology before working as an Associate Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in the US and as a Principal Scientist at Argo AI, a company that builds technology for self-driving cars.

He also spent five years as a Senior Research Scientist with the CSIRO ICT Centre.

US envoy for SA DTI

Stuart Nutting

The South Australian Department for Trade and Investment has appointed Stuart Nutting as its Regional Director, Americas, residing in New York.

Nutting moved to the United States in 1994 to head up the sales business team at UBS Investment Bank. He was the company Managing Director for 20 years before being appointed New York’s Executive Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

For the past three years, Nutting has worked for the Global Public Offering (GPO) Fund as Growth Equity Pre-IPO Fund Managing Director. The GPO Fund invests in North American tech companies.

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

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