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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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Amy Nikolovski

Legal trailblazer to lead DBH

Duncan Basheer Hannon has appointed young legal high-flyer Amy Nikolovski to be the firm’s new Managing Partner.

Nikolovski, 39, has practised law since 2006 and is a former President of the Law Society of South Australia and Director of the Law Council of Australia.

A staunch advocate for women in business and law, she has been with DBH as a partner since August 2007 and works in the fields of motor vehicle accidents, public liability, workers compensation and general personal injury law.

DBH said her promotion to Managing Partner makes her the youngest and only female leading a large law firm in SA.

Nikolovski – who was also named one of InDaily’s top 40 Under 40 leaders in 2020 – said she felt “honoured and humbled” to be appointed as Managing Partner after nearly 15 years in the legal industry.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to develop the firm’s legacy, by working in partnership with our clients to deliver great outcomes, being involved in community projects and events, and leading our team of exceptional people into an exciting new era for the firm,” she said.

Outgoing DBH Managing Partner Matt DeGregorio said Nikolovski would provide “outstanding leadership” for the firm and be a fantastic role model for the next generation of lawyers.

“Aside from being recognised as a leading lawyer across her areas of expertise in South Australia and nationally, Amy’s passion, drive and commitment to supporting women in the legal profession is well recognised,” he said.

Jamie McKeough

National promotion for Adelaide accounting director

Accounting firm William Buck has promoted Adelaide Managing Director Jamie McKeough to be the company’s Chairperson in Australia and New Zealand amid a flurry of director appointments.

McKeough has worked with William Buck since 1988 alongside advisory and committee roles with electronics manufacturers REDARC Electronics and the Walford Anglican School for Girls.

The firm says McKeough will continue on as Adelaide Managing Director while taking on the new national leadership role – steering the regional direction of an organisation with more than 100 directors and 700 staff across Australia and New Zealand.

McKeough replaces Nick Hatzistergos who has been Australia and New Zealand Chair for 13 years and long-time Managing Director of William Buck in New South Wales.

The outgoing chair said: “Jamie has driven the growth and development of the Adelaide office [and] has played an enormous role in building the William Buck brand.”

“[He] has led the Business Advisory team from a small team in its infancy to one that today makes up the largest part of our practice across Australia and New Zealand,” Hatzistergos said.

McKeough’s appointment as Chair comes as the firm makes five internal promotions in its Adelaide office.

From July 1, Aaron Trombetta, Amanda Anderson, James Northcote, Samantha Nicholls and Shane Taylor will all take on new roles as William Buck Directors.

Anderson will also continue in her roles as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

Trombetta is a member of the firm’s wealth advisory division, Northcote and Taylor business advisory while Nicholls works within corporate advisory.

McKeough said the new directors have demonstrated “outstanding technical skills” and a “proven ability to form meaningful relationships, provide value to clients and develop fellow staff”.

“Aaron, Amanda, James, Samantha and Shane have all demonstrated these qualities and I congratulate them on this significant achievement,” he said.

Steve Maras

Real estate exec climbs up council board

Maras Group CEO and Managing Director Steve Maras has been elevated to Deputy Chair of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency.

The real estate executive and former SA Property Council President has been a board member of the Adelaide City Council’s dedicated growth agency since its inception in January.

AEDA Chair Nikki Govan said she was pleased to welcome Maras as the agency’s inaugural Deputy Chair.

“In addition to his position on the AEDA Board, Steve brings extensive Board and leadership knowledge through his business and community interests,” Govan said.

“Steve is extremely passionate about seeing the City of Adelaide thrive and has the confidence of the Board to ensure the objectives of the Agency are delivered”.

The AEDA was established as a subsidiary of the City of Adelaide to attract investment in the CBD and promote Rundle Mall as Adelaide’s premier shopping destination. The agency works with businesses across the city to deliver programs that generate economic growth and expand the city’s visitor economy.

Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor also sits on the AEDA board.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

Working closely and collaboratively with the CEO of the City of Salisbury, the GM Business Excellence and the Transformation Steering Committee, the newly created role of Business Transformation Director will lead the development and delivery of transformation initiatives across the organisation. The successful candidate will work collaboratively across the business and with key stakeholders to clarify business requirements and identify process and system changes and will deliver on various change management initiatives. Applications are encouraged from experienced project/general management and/or business transformation professionals with a demonstrated understanding of system implementation across the full business lifecycle supported by a background in people led transformation. Experience in local government is not a prerequisite.

A newly created key role of General Manager People & Culture is available at Dr Jones & Partners. Reporting to the CEO, the manager will be responsible for developing and implementing the P&C strategy in line with the vision and strategic plan. Applications are invited from experienced HR executives with appropriate tertiary qualifications and superior communication, negotiation, management and strategic thinking skills. Leadership experience in developing the people, culture and human capital solutions for a diverse and customer centric entity will be critical. The capacity to activate both strategic and operational outcomes will be important.

A key corporate services role with a strong HR focus has emerged for an experienced manager to join respected and successful SA organisation Ananda Aged Care. Working closely with the Board and highly experienced Director of Nursing, the HR/Corporate Manager is responsible all aspects of the people and culture portfolio including recruitment. The manager will also coordinate the administrative function to ensure optimal clinical flow management and a united approach to excellence in client care as well as manage corporate functions such as facilities, finance, invoicing, record keeping and effective internal and external communications and reporting. Applications are sought from individuals with sound experience in a similar role, ideally within a health or comparably client focussed human or professional services environment.

Resthaven Incorporated is a highly respected leader in the rapidly growing aged and community services sector in South Australia. Ongoing growth sees the new position of Senior Manager Residential Services reporting to the Executive Manager Residential and Retirement Living. As a member of the Senior Residential Services Team, key objectives for this position include financial sustainability of allocated sites, development of consistent service standards, implementation of corporate care standards, support and development of the group of Managers Residential Services, workforce development and risk management. Applications are welcome from experienced senior leaders who have been responsible for diverse functions in an aged care or comparable health-related environment. Whilst current registration as a Registered Nurse with AHPRA will be highly regarded, applicants with a tertiary qualification in a health or related field are also encouraged to apply.

Daniel Forbes
Alana Sparrow

Movements in Motor Trade Association

The Motor Trade Association has promoted Daniel Forbes to the new position of Corporate Communications and Future Growth Manager among a slew of movements this year in the peak retail body.

Forbes, who has been with the association since 2016, will be reporting directly to MTA CEO Paul Unerkov in the new role and tasked with growing the organisation’s revenue streams and promoting its achievements to the public.

The marketing and comms specialist is a former Deputy State Director of the South Australian Liberals and Senior Advisor to former Hindmarsh MP Matt Williams.

It comes as MTA also appoints Alana Sparrow as General Manager Automotive Skills Development after six months with the advocacy body.

She will be responsible for training apprentices, MTA members and employers in the automotive industry.

Her new role comes after more than eight years as a manager at Cancer Council SA and previous jobs with the Housing Industry Association and as a lawyer with Minter Ellison.

The MTA has also in the last three months hired Victoria Griffith as Head of Automotive Training, Emma Horbury as Customer Service Manager, and Jodi Ryan as Quality and Compliance Manager – all three of whom will report to Sparrow in her new role.

Arun Ramchand

Cemetery association picks new leader

The Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of South Australia have appointed Arun Ramchand to be their youngest ever President.

The 39-year-old joins the industry peak body alongside his role as Customer Experience Manager at the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, where he has worked for more than six years.

His new role with the Association will see him work with more than 300 cemeteries and suppliers across South Australia, focusing on issues such as safety, record keeping, consultation and helping cemeteries meet regulatory and cultural requirements.

Ramchand said it was an honour to be appointed to the leadership role as the Association looks to ramp up its advocacy.

“I am honoured to take on this leadership position for the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of South Australia as we continue our work to unite the industry and support South Australians navigating death and grief,” he said.

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