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Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments


This week, in South Australia’s first executive appointments column, InDaily tracks the movements of those driving the state’s public and private sectors. Plus the latest executive recruitment opportunities.

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Sylvia Rapo

National role for Rapo

Former Rann government media adviser Sylvia Rapo has been appointed Managing Principal of corporate affairs firm Consentium.

Rapo, who previously worked as Consentium’s SA lead for the past year will remain in Adelaide to lead the national business.

Consentium offers stakeholder engagement, media, government relations, corporate comms, social media and visual comms solutions to a wide range of national clients.

Rapo worked in various media adviser roles in the Rann Labor government from 2004-20013 and has since held positions with beach Energy, ElectraNet and BAE Systems.

She said she was “absolutely thrilled” to take on the role of Managing Principal at Consentium.

“The national service has grown considerably since it was launched by our parent company JBS&G just a couple of years ago and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead our continued efforts to expand,” Rapo said.

Dr Anna Lavelle

Shot in the arm for vaccine developer

Adelaide-based Australian biotechnology company Sementis has appointed internationally renowned Dr Anna Lavelle as an Independent Director.

Dr Lavelle was named among the world’s 100 most influential people in global life sciences by Scientific American Worldview in 2015 and is the current Chair of Medicines Australia.

She is a former CEO of AusBiotech, the national industry association for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors, and an experienced non-executive director.

Dr Lavelle brings to the Sementis board substantial experience in corporate governance in addition to specialist biotechnology and pharmaceuticals expertise.

Sementis is partnering with the University of South Australia in the development of a next-generation COVID-19 vaccine based on the Sementis Copenhagen Vector (SCV) platform.

Sementis Chair Martyn Evans said Dr Lavelle brought an extraordinary wealth of experience and knowledge to help the company develop world-leading vaccines.

“She will be of great assistance in bringing a clear focus on the strategic priorities for the company and our milestones going forward,” he said.

Brian Rungie.

Peer appointment for Rungie

SA training and assessment company PEER has appointed former TAFE SA Education Executive Director Brian Rungie to Training General Manager as it expands into mining and defence.

The company said Rungie would oversee training within PEER, following 16 years with TAFE SA, including more than a decade in leadership roles, and a stint with Weld Australia as National Manager Strategic Partnerships.

Since finishing with TAFE SA in 2018, Rungie has consulted for a number of South Australian firms.

He said he was excited to join the organisation at a time of growth.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

A key corporate services role has emerged for a commercially-minded Corporate Services Manager to act as an internal service provider for financial services company Johnston Grocke. Reporting to the Independent Chair and Board of Directors, this diverse and pivotal role has responsibility for the effective leadership of the corporate services function and to assist in the development of new workplace practices and efficiencies. The ideal candidate will be business-minded and have relevant qualifications and experience in a similar general management/corporate services role.

With its head office in Adelaide, Better Medical is one of Australia’s largest general practice platforms with more than 75 sites in South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. With flexibility to be based in either Adelaide or Brisbane, Better Medical seeks a National Property and Procurement Manager to join its Central Support Office team and report directly to the General Manager Operations. Applications are sought from professionals with property and procurement experience for this newly created role, ideally in the medical or health industry.

Since 1985, Maxima has evolved into a leading national, morally driven and professionally managed employment and training services provider. Today Maxima offers an impressive array of programs and services across Australia. The company is looking to appoint a General Manager, IT & Risk, who will report to the Executive – Corporate Service and lead all information technology, security and risk management activity across the Maxima Group. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified ICT professionals with a sound understanding of Information Security Management Systems and data protection legislation.

The Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA) has four key positions available. The Director Outreach Programs reports to the Executive Director PHC Workforce & Outreach to lead the delivery of the RDWA Outreach services and new programs. The compliance focussed role of Outreach Business Manager will manage the contractual requirements of the Outreach services and report to the new Director Outreach Programs. The Grants Program Manager will help design new grant programs to support the primary healthcare workforce, while the Senior Recruitment Consultant will use established recruitment skills to help identify strategies to attract General Practitioners to rural communities in South Australia.

Libby Day.

New Day for Foundation

SA-based Australian Medic Alert Foundation has named the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre Deputy Chair Libby Day as its CEO.

Day has worked across the medical device and pharmaceutical industry locally and overseas, and was most recently employed as the Director of Government Affairs for the Asia Pacific and Japan region with US biotech company Illumina.

She previously held roles with healthcare companies Roche and Baxter Healthcare and joined the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre in 2020.

Resignation sparks race for Supreme Justice

Justice Trish Kelly will resign as both President of the Court of Appeal, and as a Justice of the Supreme Court, effective September 1.

Prior to being appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2007, Justice Kelly was a District Court Judge, a Prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, and South Australia’s Office of the DPP.

In December last year, Justice Kelly was appointed the inaugural President of the Court of Appeal, and the only woman President of a Court of Appeal in Australia.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has announced that she intends to nominate Justice Mark Livesey as the Court of Appeal’s next President.

“Justice Kelly has had a distinguished career, working across state and federal jurisdictions,” Chapman said.

“She took on this responsibility and challenge with gusto, overseeing a seamless transition to the new Court.

“Under Justice Kelly’s leadership, the Court has been established and is now efficiently handling its appellate work, resulting in consistent, high-quality judgments,” she said.

Prior to being appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2007, Justice Kelly was a District Court Judge, a Prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, and South Australia’s Office of the DPP.

Chapman has announced that she intends to nominate Justice Mark Livesey as the Court of Appeal’s next President.

She said he will be an excellent leader of the Court of Appeal.

“Justice Livesey was the first Judge to be appointed to the Court of Appeal, bringing with him extensive appellate experience,” Chapman said.

“He is a highly respected litigator and has served in numerous professional appointments, including as President of both the South Australian and Australian Bar Associations.”

The Attorney-General will appoint a new Justice of the Supreme Court in August prior to Justice Kelly’s retirement on 1 September.

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