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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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Jake Parkinson
Michael Waite

Apple growers pick new CEO

South Australia’s largest apple co-operative Lenswood Appleas has appointed former SANFL boss Jake Parkinson as its new CEO.

Parkinson, who worked for nearly 13 years at West End Brewery managing logistics and supply chain coordination, takes the helm at Lenswood after stepping down as SANFL CEO in October last year.

He will replace current CEO Shane Chisholm on Thursday, June 10.

The Adelaide Hills apple and pear co-operative has also announced the appointment of Michael Waite as an Independent Director.

Waite, who last year founded the Naracoorte Community News, has previously worked in Seattle as Senior Vice President of Operations at real estate and investment firm BentallGreenOak, and as Head of Finance with Bill Gates’s Cascade Investment LLC. He is also the keynote speaker at InDaily's 40 Under 40 Awards on Thursday night at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

His appointment at Lenswood is until the company’s May 2023 AGM.

Vanessa Godden

Freight company recruits council director

Former Adelaide City Council Executive Vanessa Godden has joined global logistics business Northline as its inaugural Head of Human Resources.

The Norwood-based freight company, which has two centres in Adelaide and 13 depots across Australia, created the new role after opting to restructure their business to better attract and retain skilled workers.

Godden joins after more than seven years as an associate director at Adelaide City Council.

She was also a Senior Manager at Deloitte Australia and held various HR roles during a 10-year stint with Westpac.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the team and business at Northline, learning about a new sector and supporting and contributing to an environment that creates great experiences for our people and in turn, our customers,” she said.

Katelyn Adams

Adelaide aquaculture business snaps up board member

Clean Seas Seafood has appointed experienced accountant Katelyn Adams as an Independent Non Executive Director.

Adams joins the board of the kingfish farmer alongside her role as Partner at accounting firm HLB Mann Judd, where she has worked as an accountant and corporate manager for more than 14 years.

She also holds roles as Company Secretary at Duxton Broadacre Farms, Highfield Resources Limited and Duxton Water Limited.

Her appointment comes after Clean Seas – which specialises in the full cycle breeding, production and sale of Yellow Tail Kingfish in Spencer Gulf – recently completed a $25 million capital raise and a successful listing on the Euronext Growth Exchange in Oslo.

Former EPA Director to head Port Pirie lead abatement

The State Government has appointed Peter Dolan as Executive Director of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP) in Port Pirie.

The former EPA Director of Regulation will head the multi-agency TLAP, tasked with lowering lead levels in the region, which were recorded at a 10-year high in February.

The lead is associated with the Nyrstar smelter, which employs more than 750 people and is the regional city’s key industry.

In more than 15 years with the EPA, Dolan has held various roles including Director, Science & Sustainability and Director, Science Assessment and Planning.

Dolan will move to Port Pirie to take on his new role.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan Van Holst Pellekaan said Dolan would “have direct access to the highest levels of State Government and Nyrstar management to make the changes needed for the community in Port Pirie”.

Matthew Doman

Energy comms expert moves on from international role

Director of Adelaide consulting firm Mill Street Advisory Matthew Doman has finished up in his interim role as the International Gas Union’s Public Affairs Director.

Doman, a former Adelaide-based Manager of Communications at Santos Ltd and SA Director at consultancy firm Australian Public Affairs, leaves the IGU role after 10 months in the job.

The long-time gas comms specialist has been replaced by London-based communications specialist Paddy Blewer.

Doman said he would be re-joining Australian Public Affairs next month as Energy and Resources Director.

Erik de Roos

SATC announces new marketing boss

The South Australian Tourism Commission has hired former San Remo executive Erik de Roos as its new Director of Marketing.

Netherlands-educated de Roos was previously Chief Marketing Officer at San Remo and has held a variety of roles within Clemenger BBDO – South Australia’s largest advertising agency.

He replaces Brent Hill at SATC who has been Director of Marketing for more than five years.

de Roos said working at SATC was a “long-held professional ambition of mine” and he was keen to join the agency at “such a pivotal time” following a challenging period for the tourism industry.

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