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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 agriculture and law. Plus the latest corporate position opportunities in SA.

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Inaugural Grains Australia CEO

Jonathan Wilson has been named the inaugural CEO of Grains Australia Limited (GAL). He begins the role in mid-December.

The organisation is an initiative of the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Grain Growers Ltd, Grain Producers Australia and Grain Trade Australia. It aims to combine industry-good functions in one peak organisation.

Wilson comes to the role after helping lead the development of the South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint, a framework for the industry to 2030, on behalf of Grain Producers SA and the South Australian Government.

The Adelaide-based consultant has been involved in the grains industry for almost two decades, including with agricultural organisation Viterra.

Wilson has also served on industry boards, such as the Wheat Classification Council, Australian Grain Exporters Association and the National Grower Register.

He said one of his first jobs would be to develop a strategic plan for GAL, with input from industry representatives.

“There is a considerable amount of work to do to ensure we keep the business as usual functionality of the existing industry-good organisations, but we also want to look forward and identify what the big opportunities will be for the Australian grain industry over the next few decades,” Wilson said.

“We will be looking across the entire value chain to find ways we can maintain and enhance the value of Australian grain.

“There are some passionate individuals in the industry, so I will be looking to build on the collaborative and cooperative relationships that already exist across the value chain, including growers, traders, end users, breeders and researchers.”

Windmill Theatre’s new associate director

Sasha Zahra.

Windmill Theatre Company has announced South Australian director and theatre-maker Sasha Zahra as associate director.

The newly-created position is Zahra’s second full-time artistic leadership role with the company. Between 2016 and 2018, she directed Windmill’s production of Amphibian, written by Duncan Graham.

Zahra will begin the role in late March, with a plan to develop new original work to premier in 2022.

She joins Windmill after years of working in artistic leadership roles with organisations including Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide Fringe, RCC, Come Out Festival (now DreamBIG Children’s Festival), Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts, and D’Faces of Youth Arts.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

Access 2 Place Housing (A2P), an independent not-for-profit leading provider of housing for people living with disability, is looking for a senior executive with experience in property management and development to be its new Chief Executive Officer. A2P provides housing for individuals and families in Adelaide and across the state from Mount Gambier to Port Pirie and Whyalla. Reporting to the Board, the CEO will lead A2P operations as well as seek out opportunities for growth including increased funding sources.

Concordia College has an opening for a Manager - Administration Operations to provide high level service and support to the Principal, the Leadership Team and the Board of the College. The ideal applicant will be able to manage a dedicated administration team while displaying outstanding integrity, diplomacy and confidentiality along with an ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The position is offered on an ongoing basis for 45 weeks per year with leave to be taken during school holidays at agreed times.

A return to Boileau Business Technology

Michael Sheid.

Boileau Business Technology has appointed Michael Scheid to the newly-created role of chief operating officer.

Scheid has 20 years in business development and management, marketing and HR across a range of industries, including more than a decade with Boileau until 2010.

Most recently he worked as general manager, strategy and business development for Nextstage Staging and Rigging Technologies and as managing director for an Adelaide-based retailer selling baby products.

Between 2007 and 2015 Scheid was on the Rostrevor College Foundation Board.

Business SA chair leads economic agency

Nikki Govan. Image: Matt Turner.

South Australia business leader Nikki Govan has been appointed as the inaugural chairperson of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA).

The City of Adelaide says the new agency has been established "to focus on growing a strong economy for Adelaide”.

“Ms Govan, along with board members, will set the strategic direction for delivering a range of initiatives to improve economic outcomes and a new growth agenda for the City of Adelaide,” it said.

Govan holds a number of business roles across the community, including chair of Business SA and the Premier’s Events Advisory Group. She previously chaired the Southern Adelaide Economic Development board.

She also owns and managed the Star of Greece restaurant in Port Willunga.

While general board positions are expected to be announced in December, Lord Mayor Sand Verschoor will be among the members.

The agency is expected to be operational by mid-January.

Additional partner for firm

Thea Birss.

Law firm KHQ Adelaide has appointed Thea Birss as a new partner, specialising in employment law.

Birss joins the commercial firm after working across workplace relations, safety and employment for a number of years, including as a senior associate with firms NDA Law, Mellor Olsson and DW Fox Tucker Lawyers.

She also sits on the boards of Girl Guides SA and Westside Community Lawyers.

Fresh communications

Ali Michell. Image: Represented Photography.

National integrated marketing communications agency communikate et al has appointed Ali Michell as its operations director.

Michell rejoins the Adelaide-based agency having previously held account director and general manager roles between 2005 and 2015.

She has more than 19 years’ experience in media, communications and PR across News Corp's Messenger newspapers, as a PR freelancer, and marketing and digital consultant.

For the past six years Michell has worked as a marriage celebrant.

She is a member of Pembroke School’s board.

Pyne joins XTEK board

Christopher Pyne.

Former Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne appointed to the XTEK Board to complement XTEK’s strategic focus on commercialising its proprietary defence products in global markets. The company manufactures ballistic products in Adelaide and has sold its bullet proof technology in Finland and the US.

Pyne is the current Chairman of Pyne and Partners and Principal of GC Advisory, consulting to business in the domain of government and political engagement. Both are headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia but operate nationally and globally. He is an Industry Professor in the University of South Australia Business School specialising in Defence and Space.

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

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