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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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Dr Michelle Atchison
John Williams

New president for SA’s peak medical body

The Australian Medical Association (SA) has announced Dr Michelle Atchison will take over as President from Dr Chris Moy, following two years as Vice President.

Moy remains on the AMA(SA) council and is Vice President of the Federal AMA.

Atchison is a private psychiatrist who specialises in the treatment of the psychological effects of trauma. She is also a foundation member of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ (RANZCP) Faculties of Forensic Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry, and past chair of the RANZCP’s SA branch.

The incoming Vice President is Port Lincoln general practitioner Dr John Williams.

Williams has been a Port Lincoln GP for 16 years and practised in the UK.

Atchison said as president she was focused on helping resolve the state’s mental health crisis.

“I am looking forward to working with colleagues and other mental health experts to ensure mental health patients are able to receive the care when they need and where they need it from qualified health practitioners across the state,” she said.

Dominic Churchill

Financial shifts

SA-based investment banking and corporate finance firm Chapman Capital Partners has appointed Dominic Churchill as Associate Director to lead the infrastructure and renewables team.

Churchill joins the firm after more than five years advising investors and asset owners on sustainable infrastructure projects, including as CEO of Climate Capital, a renewables investment organisation, from 2015-2019.

“As a South Australian headquartered firm, CCP is ideally placed to assist clients to take advantage of the pipeline of state-based opportunities over the coming years,” Churchill said.

Todd Roberts
Antonia Albanese

Credit Union SA CEO Todd Roberts has been named as the new Leaders Institute of South Australia Chair, replacing outgoing chair Alexandrea Cannon.

He has been a committee member for the Institute since 2020 and previously held a number of senior financial roles for the Commonwealth Bank, Heart Foundation and Valuation Exchange.

Meanwhile, Antonia Albanese has been appointed ANZ Business Banking Regional Executive for Adelaide. She has 17 years in the commercial banking sector with NAB, Commonwealth Bank and Bankwest.

Most recently she has worked as Executive General Manager for Zenitas Healthcare and Head of Provider, Market and Sector Development with the National Disability Insurance Agency.

It comes as ANZ Business Banking General Manager Brendan Rinaldi prepares to move from the SA role to a national position as Head of Health for ANZ’s Institutional & Corporate Business.

Andrew Fotheringham

Fotheringham to head Kojo clients and marketing services

Andrew Fotheringham has been announced as Head of Clients and Marketing Services for national creative studio Kojo, based out of the Adelaide studio.

Fotheringham is a senior marketing and communications professional with more than two decades of brand, marketing and communications experience.

Most recently he’s been the general manager for marketing and communications of Events South Australia – a division of the South Australian Tourism Commission – where he oversaw the promotion of major South Australia events such as the Santos Tour Down Under, Tasting Australia, Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant.

Previously he held marketing strategy and advertising roles with Santos, Flinders University, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the South Australia Country Fire and Emergency Services and more.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

Created in SA and still led by a Head Office located in Adelaide, the privately owned Detmold Group has customers on every continent, production facilities in seven countries and workforce of around 3,000. Detmold Group is looking for a Chief Financial Officer to work closely with the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer along with a highly experienced team of Executive colleagues. Applications are sought from proven finance professionals with experience in a business of comparable scale and complexity and preferably with experience across international jurisdictions.

After a decade of dedicated service and commitment, the current Chair of the Adelaide Hills Tourism Board, Helen Edwards, is stepping down in 2021 and this creates an opportunity for a consummate and proven governance leader to take on the position of Chair. There is also an opportunity for an additional Board Member. Applications for the voluntary roles are encouraged from proven senior executives and non-executive directors with demonstrated experience leading strategy and growth initiatives across the tourism sector or comparably challenging and dynamic industries.

Centennial Park Cemetery Authority has an opening for a paid, independent Board Member with the skills to help ensure Centennial Park’s continued financial sustainability and be a potential Chair. The Board of Management currently comprises three independent members as well as four members appointed by the City of Mitcham and City of Unley. The Board Member will be required to serve on the Audit & Risk Management Committee and help finalise the development of the new Strategic Plan 2022 to 2026. The composition of the Board is likely to change in FY2022, with a further two independent members to replace the current four members appointed by the owner Councils. Candidates are asked to indicate their willingness to also be considered for one of the two future positions.

South Australian owned Star Pharmacy Group has a newly created role of General Manager Professional Services. Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the senior management team and partners, the GM Professional Services will lead professional services across the group at both strategic and operational levels by heading up the national support office professional services team and supporting the professional services teams instore. The successful candidate will be an appropriately qualified pharmacist with experience in a healthcare/pharmacy environment who is also a leader with highly developed communication and relationship skills and financial acumen.

A Brand & Communications Specialist opportunity has emerged at not-for-profit Police Health. Reporting to the General Manager Marketing & Strategic Relationships, this role is responsible for the development and delivery of marketing and communications that drive the growth and retention of Police Health members. Offered on a 12 month maternity leave contract, applications are encouraged from qualified Communications and/or MarComm professionals with experience in developing and executing communication activities. A background in insurance or broader financial services will be well regarded.

Energy sector addition

Former Senior Santos Corporate Lawyer Jo Mawby has joined South Australian commercial law firm DMAW Lawyers as a special counsel with the firm’s corporate practice.

Mawby spent almost a decade with mining giant Santos before becoming a compliance and governance specialist with oil and gas company Beach Energy.

DMAW Lawyers said Mawby had vast experience advising on a range of commercial agreements, from proponents’ rights under risk sharing agreements, to partnerships with universities for opportunities in research and innovation.

It said she had advocated for changes to resources and environmental legislation and brought with her a depth and breadth of legal expertise to “manage complex resources sector requirements across multiple jurisdictions nationally”.

Mark Gill
Martin Broadhurst.

Global appointments for Nova Group

Adelaide-based aerospace company Nova Group has made two appointments to its board, with Mark Gill and Martin Broadhurst stepping in as non-executive directors, effective 1 July.

Gill had held a number of senior executive roles with national technology companies in the public and private sectors while Broadhurst has dedicated his career to aerospace.

In a statement, Nova Group said Broadhurst had a deep understanding of both civil and defence sectors in the United Kingdom and internationally. He is the Royal Aeronautical Society Chair and non-executive director for UK defence company Ultra Holdings.

The Nova Group said Broadhurst would be based in the United Kingdom and Gill in Brisbane.

Communications movements

The Adelaide Football Club media team has restructured, creating a new role – Digital Team Leader – with former The Advertiser reporter James Hetherington named in the position.

Hetherington spent the past two years as Digital Coordinator for the club, following 12 months reporting for Newsweek in the UK and six years in Adelaide as a journalist for Newscorp and UK-based soccer outlet FourFourTwo.

It comes as the club’s Digital Engagement Manager Kieron Turner returns to his home state of Queensland to join the Brisbane Broncos’ communications team after four years.

Turner joined the Crows following five years creating digital content for the Gold Coast Suns, AFL Media and Stats Perform.

The changes are the latest in a string of appointments within the club this year, which include Emily Olle and Reece Homfray as Digital Producer and Communications Coordinator respectively.

Homfray joined the club after 11 years at News Corp including as The Advertiser’s Chief Sports Writer while Olle was most recently a Digital Producer with the Seven Network.

Emma Schwartz

Meanwhile, former BAE Systems Australia Communications Manager Emma Schwartz has joined The Hospital Research Foundation Group as Head of Communications and Public Affairs, replacing Abbey Bell.

Schwartz was with the Adelaide-based defence and security company for almost two years following a number of senior media and policy advisor roles across the public and private sectors.

She worked as a senior reporter and producer for the Seven Network and Nine Network and as a media advisor for the Rann and Weatherill governments.

Rebecca Rutschack

Changes on the state planning panel

The State Planning Commission has appointed Rebecca Rutschack as Deputy Presiding Member of the State Commission Assessment Panel for a two-year term from June 1, replacing Dennis Mutton.

Rutschack joins the six-person state planning body having held a number of planning roles, including with local councils City of Onkaparinga and City of Adelaide as well as in the UK.

She currently works as a planning consultant and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and member of the City of Mitcham Council Assessment Panel.

Dwayne Bonner and Philip Catley

Senior ICT professional joins Wireless Communications

Adelaide based ICT business Wireless Communications has appointed Philip Catley as Chief Customer Officer.

Catley has worked in the information, communication and technology industry for three decades and is a former Australian Information Industry Association State Council Chair. He is also a member of the Industry Skills Commission.

Wireless Communications Managing Director Dwayne Bonner said Catley would work across the business, examining new growth initiatives.

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