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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 mining and education. Executive recruitment will return in 2021.

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Beston Global Food movements

Dairy and milk company Beston Global Food Company has appointed Joanna Andrew as a Non-Executive Director.

Andrew has replaced Catherine Cooper who, according to a statement from the company, was stepping down to spend more time with family.

Andrew is currently SA Produce Market Chair and was previously Chair of Wine Grape Growers Australia and Chair of its Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

In 2017, Andrew was named as one of SA’s leading young business entrepreneurs in InDaily’s inaugural 40 Under 40 awards.

She was also a Non-Executive Director of Crime Stoppers SA for four years and Crime Stoppers SA Governance Committee Chair.

While Andrew joins Beston, Jim Kouts will step down from the board as of December 31.

Kouts is Chair of Home Start Finance and the Adelaide Convention Bureau.

He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Adelaide Venue Management Corporation and a Strategic Advisor to Adelaide Airport.

Beston said it was looking for Kouts's replacement.

Top jobs named for training organisations

Andrew Fullgrabe
Luke Walsh

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced Andrew Fullgrabe as its new Chief Executive.

Fullgrabe comes to the role following three years as a Director with the Adelaide-based Defence Innovation Partnership, which aims to increase defence research and development collaborations.

His defence experience also spans military roles with the Australian Defence Force as well as a wide range of industry positions, including four years with the multi-national BAE Systems Australia.

In a statement, the Adelaide-based CITB said Fullgrabe was “not new to the construction industry”.

“As Training Manager for the Housing Industry Association, he was involved in the creation of the CITB more than 25 years ago and established the Housing Industry Training Scheme,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Trainee and Apprentice Placement Service (TAPS) has appointed Luke Walsh as its CEO to oversee South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Walsh has been with the not-for-profit training organisation for more than 15 years, most recently as the Operations Manager and Acting CEO.

Board additions for Diabetes SA

Allan Baird
Christine Bell

Diabetes SA has made three appointments to its board: Allan Baird, Christine Bell and Lyn Bonython.

Baird has been named Vice President, following four years as a board member.

He is also the Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee Chair and a member of the Building Development Committee.

A Strategic Information Technology Consultant, Baird has more than 30 years’ experience across senior management and IT in Australia and overseas.

Bell is a member of Diabetes SA’s Corporate Governance & Remuneration and Finance, Audit and Risk committees.

She has worked across for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including in community services, aged care services and housing support.

Bell said she valued the role of education in the management of diabetes and had seen the impact poor diabetes management could have on a person’s life.

Lyn Bonython

Bonython is also a member of Diabetes SA’s Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee.

She has a Diploma of Teaching and has worked as a classroom teacher for 40 years, specialising in music and supporting students with learning difficulties.

A carer for a family member with diabetes, Bonython said she would be focused on finding ways to overcome learning challenges, such as distance, mobility, cultural and language difficulties, to help educate more South Australians about diabetes.

WA Managing Director for SA mining company

Kevin Seymour

Geologist Kevin Seymour has been appointed Managing Director of SA-headquartered exploration company Woomera Mining Limited, replacing Gerard Anderson.

The ASX-listed company is primarily focused on its Mt Venn Gold Project in WA but also has tenements in Musgrove Province and Gawler Craton in SA.

Seymour is expected to commence in 2021 and will be based in Perth.

Seymour is the General Manager of Exploration with WA gold producer Ramelius Resources and previously held senior roles with mineral companies including Glengarry Resources, Sons of Gwalia and Delta Gold.

More leaders for Adelaide’s Metro train service

Sandra Wilson-Ryke
Chris Stinchcombe

The private company set to operate the Adelaide Metro train service from January 31, Keolis Downer Adelaide, has made two additions to its senior leadership team: Sandra Wilson-Ryke and Chris Stinchcombe.

A former Safety, Quality and Environment Director with Keolis Downer Gold Coast, Wilson-Ryke has transferred from Queensland to the South Australian arm of the organisation where she takes up the role of Health Safety Quality and Environment Director.

Wilson-Ryke has spent more than 18 years in the Australian railway industry, including eight with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) as General Manager Risk and Safety.

Stinchcombe has been appointed Engineering Director, starting December 21.

He has relocated to Adelaide from Manchester in the UK, where he was the Director of Engineering for KeolisAmey Metrolink, which operates the Greater Manchester tram network.

Previously, he was Director of Rolling Stock at Yarra Trams, which is operated by Keolis Downer.

Domestic violence charity appoints new leaders

Natasha Malani
Gemma Burdon

SA-based Zahra Foundation Australia has appointed a new General Manager and Board Chair to lead its work supporting women and children affected by family violence.

Former Adelaide Deputy Lord Mayor Natasha Malani has been named the new Chair while Gemma Burdon steps in as General Manager.

They replace Maurine Pyke and Kae Martin.

Malani is CEO of South Australian Leaders, which works with companies to grow.

She is also Director and owner of advisory firm Access India and previously served as Adelaide City Council Deputy Lord Mayor and was a board member of Rundle Mall Management Authority.

Burdon joins the Zahra Foundation from the Don Dunstan Foundation where she was Deputy Director between 2019 and 2020.

She previously spent a number of years in media and communications roles including with RAA, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia and Glenelg Football Club.

Burdon said she was thrilled to be joining the Foundation.

“Supporting women has never been more important,” she said.

“The need for the Zahra Foundation’s vital services is growing and there is a waiting list for our financial counselling services.

“Our programs will be increasingly in demand as the economic impacts of COVID are realised as JobKeeper is removed. Women are also disproportionately affected by COVID job losses.”

National sports role for local cancer research manager

Russell D'Costa

Centre for Cancer Biology Senior Manager Russell D'Costa has been appointed Vice President of Gymnastics Australia, the national peak body for the sport, having previously served as President and Chair of Gymnastics South Australia.

He also chair's the sport's Olympic Advisory Committee and is a member of the sport’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and Governance Committee.

D'Costa has spent the past three years as Senior Manager with SA’s Centre for Cancer Biology, which is based in North Terrace Adelaide Biomed precinct.

Prior to this role, he led the South Australian Sports Institute's (SASI) athletes and coaches across multiple Olympic cycles in the lead up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Rio Olympics.

He also worked in educational roles at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and with UK Coaching in England.

D'Costa also serves on boards in the not for profit sector including as Non-Executive Director roles with Life Education SA and the Project Six Foundation.

University adds defence expert to board

Andy Keough

Defence and security company Saab Australia Managing Director Andy Keough has been appointed to the University of Adelaide’s Council for a two year period.

It is the latest in a string of board appointments for Keough.

He also sits on the State Government’s Training and Skills Commission and co-chairs the University of Adelaide’s Industry Advisory Board in Defence, Cyber and Space.

Keough's defence experience spans 35 years, including as Chief Executive for Defence SA, Managing Director of Saab Australia, General Manager of Business and Strategic Development at the SA-headquartered shipbuilder ASC and as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Government appointments

The State Government will transfer three sitting judges from South Australia’s Supreme Court to the State’s new Court of Appeal, which will commence from January 1.

The new Court of Appeal is a division of the Supreme Court and was established after amendments to the Supreme Court Act 1935 were made late last year.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said Justices Trish Kelly, David Lovell and Sam Doyle would make up the remaining members of the Court, with Justice Kelly appointed as the Court’s President.

“All three Justices were Queen’s Counsel or Senior Council, and have combined experience of nearly a century in the legal profession,” Chapman said in a statement.

“Justice Kelly is one of the most senior members of the judiciary in South Australia, and will be an excellent leader for this new Court.

“In a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years, she has been a Supreme Court Judge, a District Court Judge, and a prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and South Australia’s Office of the DPP.

“Justice Kelly has presided over numerous complex, high-profile matters and clearly has the expertise to preside over this court.”

Chapman said Justice Lovell had worked in the legal profession for more than four decades, across private practice, as Judge in the District Court and, most recently, in the Supreme Court.

Justice Doyle has spent 22 years in the sector across fields including commercial and civil law, criminal appeals and as a Supreme Court Judge.

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

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