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Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments


South Australia’s premier executive appointments column tracking the movements of those driving the state’s public and private sectors. Plus the latest executive recruitment opportunities.

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Steve Morris

Former Chief Pharmacist to lead Arthritis SA

Arthritis SA has named former SA Health Chief Pharmacist Steve Morris as its new CEO, effective from August 2. He replaces Acting CEO Vicki Toovey who has filled the role since December.

Morris previously oversaw South Australia’s pharmacy services to the public sector in his role with SA Health as well as Executive Director for SA Pharmacy.

He has worked across a number of clinical and leadership roles in the health sector spanning pharmacy practice, primary care, industry and NGOs and since 2018 he has been CEO of med-tech company NPS MedicineWise.

Originally from the UK, Morris was deputy chief executive of the National Prescribing Centre.

Three years ago he was appointed an adjunct professor at the University of South Australia.

Arthritis SA President David Waterford said the membership-based organisation was fortunate to have Morris take the reins at a “critical moment” in Arthritis SA’s 46-year history.

“Renewed leadership is central to successfully implementing our strategy, meeting the challenges ahead and taking advantage of the opportunities before us,” he said.

“Arthritis SA not only wants to broaden and grow its work to reduce the social and economic burdens of arthritis, which affects one in four South Australians.

“Under Steve’s leadership, our aspiration is for South Australia to be national leaders in the approach to arthritis.”

Market movements

SA market research company McGregor Tan has announced Stephen Gilmour as its CEO.

Gilmour moves from national insights and strategy firm Metrix Consulting, where he was National Client Service Director for five years.

It followed stints as a director for research companies Kantar and Lonergan Research and a further five years as Research Director with a boutique research agency in the UK.

McGregor Tan Managing Director Tom Hannon-Tan welcomed Gilmour, saying the appointment would broaden the company’s client base and help it attract new clients.

Tanya Demaria

Meanwhile, Tanya Demaria has been named Marketing Manager of Harbour Town Premium Outlets, replacing Jessica Sheridan who relocated to Tasmania.

Demaria comes to the position after six years with media agency Carat Australia, most recently as Head of Client Services, and a decade with Wendy’s Supa Sundaes as Marketing Manager overseeing Australia and New Zealand.

Demaria said she was excited about the new challenge.

"To have the chance to work on one brand and really make it flourish, from all of the different  touch points is something I'm really passionate about," she said.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

The federally-funded Adelaide Primary Health Network (APHN) is looking for a Chief Executive Officer to lead the not-for-profit organisation. Responsible to the Board of APHN for the strategic leadership and effective management of the organisation, the CEO will maintain a high level of organisational performance, financial control and sound governance. Health sector experience is a distinct advantage but candidates with leadership experience from comparably regulated, dynamic and complex people-focussed sectors are also welcomed.

The University of Adelaide has a newly created role for a Director, Governance Services. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and working closely with the Chancellor, this critical role will, among other duties,  provide specialist governance support to University Council and Council Committees as well as key stakeholders. Applications are encouraged from appropriately qualified legal and governance professionals with experience in leading a team to support enterprise-wide governance services in a large, complex and highly regulated environment. A remuneration package reflecting the importance of the role will be offered.

The South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission is seeking Expressions of Interest for up to 15 positions on the Commission from 1 July 2021, including the Chair and Members positions for a term of up to three years. Candidates will have extensive knowledge and a deep understanding of the contemporary priority needs and issues for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in South Australia and will be actively engaged in community initiatives and networks.

The Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI) is responsible for owning and developing state-of-the-art infrastructure for the domestic manufacture of world-class naval vessels. It is looking for a Security Operations Manager to establish and maintain security standards, policies and procedures for the physical security of ANI assets. It also seeks a Facilities Electrical Engineer to manage HV, LV, communications, automation and security systems across a number of brownfield and greenfield sites in conjunction with multiple internal and external stakeholders.

The industry-leading private orthopaedic hospital, day surgery and multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic provider sportsmed has two key opportunities. The Perioperative Services Manager will manage a high standard of nursing practice and orthopaedic services within the perioperative suite. The newly created key role of Business Improvement Manager will lead a defined set of projects to accelerate a series of outcomes critical to the delivery of the overall strategic plan.

Wealth management veteran to lead new financial firm

Five investment advisors have been named to lead national financial advisory firm Crestone Wealth Management’s newly-opened South Australian office.

Wealth management industry veteran Kieran Purcell, who was previously Adelaide Morgans Financial General Manager, is leading the Adelaide-based team as Manager of Advisory SA.

He has spent the past 25 years in the financial sector, including as State Wealth Manager for Macquarie Group and State Manager for Citi Smith Barney.

Across his career, Purcell has also sat on a number of boards across the medical, hi-tech and minerals sectors. He remains Chair of exploration company Koonenberry Gold Limited.

Purcell is joined by Sonya Brocklehurst, James McBride, Nicholas Hamersley and Ida Wong Taylor, who have all jumped from roles with the big four banks.

Patrick Di Lizio

Off-court shifts at SA Country Basketball

SA Country Basketball has appointed Jaycinta Giameos as a Community Player and Coach Development Officer.

The organisation said Giameos had been involved with SA Country Basketball as a state player and a coach.

She has also been heavily involved in community engagement through her coaching business and association coaching on Kangaroo Island.

It follows the appointment of Patrick Di Lizio as SA Country Basketball CEO earlier this year, replacing Julie Anderson who departed in November 2020.

Di Lizio was previously a Community Player and Coach Development Office with SA Country and Assistant Men’s Coach for South Adelaide Panthers NBL1.

President of SA County Basketball Council Nathan Grosser said Di Lizio’s broad basketball knowledge and experience made him well placed to lead the organisation.

“I’m very excited to see Patrick in the EO role. Patrick has skills in all aspects of basketball and business life and made an immediate impact when he first came to SA Country two years ago,” Grosser said.

“The Executive Council and I are looking forward to working with Patrick in the future and on behalf of SA Country Basketball, and I would like to congratulate Patrick on his appointment.”

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