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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 health and law. Plus the latest executive employment opportunities in SA.

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CEO named ahead of rebrand

James Pollock.

SA-based national commercial cleaner Academy Services named James Pollock as Chief Executive Officer ahead of a rebrand as ServiceFM later in 2021.

Pollock has been acting CEO since November 2019.

In a statement, the company said the rebrand would move the 41-year-old cleaning business “towards a services model”.

Pollock previously worked across management consultancy, local government and the oil and gas industries, including for Santos.

He also spent four years as City of Playford’s General Manager Strategic Projects and Assets.

Not-for-profits assign top jobs

Bradley Abraham.

The Australian Dental Association South Australia has announced Bradley Abraham as its new Chief Executive Officer replacing Dan Pawlyk who left late last year.

Abraham has spent more than 25 years in the not-for-profit sector, most recently as CEO of the national scientific charity The Royal Institution of Australia. The NFP aims to connect people with science through multi-media.

He also sits on boards including the Committee for Economic Development of Australia State Advisory Council of SA.

ADASA President Angelo Papageorgiou was also recently re-elected for a second term.

Rob DiMonte.

Also within the NFP sector, accessible housing provider Access 2 Place Housing named Matthew Johnson as its new Operations Manager.

Johnson previously worked in accommodation services for the Department of Human Services after spending five years with the SA Housing Authority.

Meanwhile, Rob DiMonte joined social enterprise Junction following the death of Mike Canny in 2020. Canny was the organisation’s Chair for almost eight years.

A former Managing Partner for Deloitte SA, DiMonte has more than 37 years consulting experience across the public and private sectors, including nine years as Deputy Chair for the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, SA’s NDIS Industry and Market Development Coordinator-General and Chair of the most recent Thinkers in Residence Program on Social Capital and the Purpose Economy.

He remains Chair of GP Partners Australia, Australian Grain Technologies and President of the RSPCA SA.

DiMonte is also a Non-Executive director for The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Board of South Australia and The Chartered Accountants Benevolent Foundation.

Mark Matthews.

The Legacy Club of SA and Broken Hill has appointed Mark Matthews as the veteran organisation’s new Executive Officer stepping in from Peter Ali, who left after six years of service.

Matthews has spent a number of years in senior leadership positions, most recently as Asia Pacific Director for sustainable agribusiness accelerator Business for Development.

According to LinkedIn, he also previously helped lead the economic development and investment promotion organisation Advance Cairns in Queensland.

Matthews served in the Australian Army for 21 years and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for Humanitarian Relief in Papua, formerly Irian Jaya.

He said it was “a great privilege to be at the helm of an organisation that does so much for the families of our servicemen and women”.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

Applications are being sought from suitably qualified professionals of high personal and professional integrity to lead and inspire the Courts Administration Authority (CAA) as its Chief Executive. The CAA is independent of control by the Executive arm of Government and provides a range of court-based services for the South Australian community, emphasising excellence in court management and the efficient and sensitive use of resources whilst aiming to engender respect, confidence and trust from the community.

The Chief Executive will oversee a staff of around 800 and a budget of approximately $140m, and work with a Council comprised of the Chief Justice, the Chief Judge of the District Court and the Chief Magistrate.

The appointee to this significant leadership role will be responsible to the Council for the management of the business and administrative affairs of the state’s court system, providing high level frank and fearless advice to the Council, passionately supporting the judiciary and effectively leading the organisation through the cultural change and continuous improvement processes required to realise the full benefits of current and future strategic investment in the courts and their infrastructure.

The successful candidate will have experience leading a diverse and complex community service organisation, be highly proficient in the management of human resources and display exceptional change management, financial management, negotiation, relationship building and influencing skills. An understanding of the operations of the courts within the broader justice system will be an advantage.

This challenging and rewarding role represents an outstanding opportunity to help shape the critical infrastructure that directly supports the delivery of justice in South Australia.

Property shifts

Iain Henshaw.

National property valuer and advisory company M3property has appointed former CBRE Asia Pacific Director Iain Henshaw to lead its Adelaide office.

Henshaw has taken up the Managing Director role from Kym Dreyer after almost nine years in the position.

Dreyer will remain as a Director with the business and continue as a board member.

Henshaw began his career in valuations in the UK before relocating with his family to South Australia. He spent almost fours years at CBRE following more than a decade in valuation and consultancy across a broad range of commercial property sectors.

Legal promotions

Lisa Christo

John Vozzo and Hamish Gillis have become partners with CCK Lawyers, while the Adelaide-based firm has also promoted Victor Draghicescu and Sam de Cure to senior associate roles.

Vozzo has worked extensively in construction law. He comes to the role following four years as a senior associate with the firm after two years with Master Builders SA.

Gillis has been with CCK Lawyers since 2013 and has specialised in commercial disputes. De Cure has worked closely with leading counsel in South Australia and interstate while Draghicescu advises on a wide range of property transactions.

Meanwhile, NDA Law has promoted Lisa Christo to Senior Associate.

Christo has been with the firm since 2015 and previously worked for Finlaysons, KPMG Australia and EY.

NDA Law said Christo was a national finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards and had been named a finalist for the Law Society of SA’s Young Lawyer Award for 2020.

Movements across space and sea

Jamie Newlyn
Brett Larkin.

After almost 18 years, SA Maritime Union of Australia Secretary Jamie Newlyn has stepped into the newly created role as Assistant National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, a division of the broader Construction, Forest, Maritime Mining and Energy Union.

He said the national position was a "great opportunity and an important challenge to continue to represent members in the maritime industry and the broader trade movement in a higher level".

"My role in the national office will be to continue to serve members while overseeing some of the national responsibilities of the union more broadly," Newlyn said.

The South Australian got his start in the maritime sector as a merchant seafarer before heading to the Adelaide container terminal.

Newlyn has been replaced by Brett Larkin as the state Branch Secretary.

Meanwhile, Enrico Palermo officially began as head of the Australian Space Agency last week.

InDaily previously reported the former Virgin Galactic’s Chief Operating Officer had been appointed Chair of the Adelaide-headquartered agency, replacing inaugural Chair Megan Clark.

In a statement, Palermo said he was "truly excited" about what the year to come and looked forward to growing the space economy.

"We are continuing to implement the Civil Space Strategy, delivering technical roadmaps to support our Civil Space Priority Areas, planning the grand opening of the Australian Space Discovery Centre, and ensuring the space National Manufacturing Priority plays a vital role in the Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy," he said.

"I look forward to working and engaging with the industry, research sector and government to build national capability, open doors internationally, ensure safe space activities that support innovation and entrepreneurialism, inspire our nation and seize the enormous opportunities ahead to grow our share in the global space economy in the years to come."

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