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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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Nerissa Kilvert

Business Commissioner stays on

Former lawyer Nerissa Kilvert has been permanently appointed as the state’s Small Business Commissioner.

A former private practice lawyer and solicitor in the Crown Solicitor’s Office, Kilvert has spent more than a decade within the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner and Consumer and Business Services, most notably as Head of Regulatory Services.

She has been acting Small Business Commissioner since John Chapman departed the position in September 2021.

He has since taken up a role as Presiding Member of the Construction Industry Training Board.

Small and Family business Minister Andrea Michaels said Kilvert’s experience as a lawyer and regulator made her an ideal appointment.

“The Small Business Commissioner provides independent advice to the Government to inform policy change and improve services affecting the small business sector, as well as assisting them to resolve disputes with other businesses, landlords and government agencies,” she said in a statement.

“Nerissa Kilvert has already been doing a great job acting in this role for the past nine months and I know she will continue to be a brilliant Small Business Commissioner.”

Kilvert said her priorities as Commissioner would include reviewing the Small Business Friendly Council Initiative, increasing public awareness of the Small Business Commissioner and increasing the efficiency of the office’s dispute resolution processes.

Her appointment to the role gives her a three year-term as Commissioner.

Rodney Harrex

Tourism boss on the way out

The South Australian Tourism Commission is on the hunt for a new CEO with Rodney Harrex set to depart the agency later this month.

Harrex has led the state government’s tourism body since April 2013, joining after more than 13 years with Tourism Australia.

He is credited with leading the sector through its recovery from the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfire and the pandemic.

In an agency-wide email, Harrex said it was “time for a new challenge”.

“I have met and worked with some truly amazing people, and I leave this role extremely proud of the many creative, innovative and passionate tourism operators,” he said.

“I have been fortunate to have a great team behind me, and I’ll now take some time to refresh – and take a holiday in SA – before moving on to the next opportunity.”

The state government says it will conduct a global recruitment process to find a new CEO.

Tim Haslam
Michael Boffa

Four climb the ladder at Perks

Adelaide accounting firm Perks has elevated four Senior Managers to Associate Directors.

The Flinders Street firm has promoted Tim Haslam, Michael Boffa, Tyson Jeanes and James McGuffog within their Chartered Accounting team.

Haslam started with Perks in 2006 while still completing a law and commerce degree, spending close to six years with the firm as a supervisor.

He has also held accountant roles in London with international law firm Baker & McKenzie and private equity giant KKR. He returned to Perks as a Manager in 2017 and was promoted to Senior Manager in August 2019.

Boffa, meanwhile, has been with Perks for more than 12 years and is touted as a key figure within the firm’s business services division. His work, according to Perks, has spanned industries from healthcare and pharmacy to horse racing and agriculture.

Jeanes is a former William Buck and Moore Stephens accountant who joined Perks in 2016. His specialist work has been across the medical and dental industries.

Lastly, McGuffog has been with Perks since 2008. Touted for his “technical expertise and proactive approach”, he specialises in tax planning, asset protection and process development.

Perks CEO James Black said the promotions for Haslam, Boffa, Jeanes and McGuffog “cements the continued value their commitment delivers to our clients”.

“We’re pleased to recognise and reward the leadership capabilities of these four as key members of our Chartered Accounting team,” he said in a statement.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

Established in 1977, the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) is a not-for-profit company which manages the majority of admissions for university and TAFE courses in SA and NT, along with the provision of associated services. SATAC now seeks an experienced Director to join the Board as its new Chair. In addition, suitable candidates will be considered for future directorships. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified individuals who have ideally graduated from the AICD Company Directors Course. This is a remunerated governance role.

Kudos is a fully integrated service provider under the NDIS and with a broad service offering for assessment, care planning and therapeutic services. An opportunity has arisen for up to three Board Members to join the highly experienced, skills-based Board of Directors. In particular, one of these new members will have appropriate experience in the delivery of health, disability or other allied health services the others will complement existing Board Member skills. A stipend is payable for these positions.

A successful and major national distributor of a suite of iconic brands has an exciting opportunity to further facilitate the company’s growth plans in the commercial and industrial B2B market segment. Reporting directly to the GM Sales and Marketing and leading a small team, the Marketing Manager will lead the development and implementation of channel marketing strategies and driving online sales. Strong project management skills and proven success in tailoring marketing campaigns and collateral to specific market segments are highly regarded.

Resthaven Incorporated has an opportunity for a highly energised, community focussed and motivated professional Manager Residential Services to lead Resthaven Port Elliot. The site provides care and services for up to 92 older people. Key responsibilities include managing more than 100 people to ensure quality and compliance with the Aged Care Quality Standards. Tertiary nursing qualifications and AHPRA registration as a registered nurse are required. Formal qualifications in business/health management are highly desirable.

Matthew Orsmby
Travis Olsen

Liquidators earn a promotion

Insolvency accountants SV Partners has promoted Matthew Ormsby and Travis Olsen to Directors.

The national firm, which has 17 locations across Australia, said the duo has been with SV Partners since the establishment of its Adelaide office in 2019 and have both recently been registered as liquidators.

They now join Alan Scott and Stuart Otway as Directors in a CBD office that features 14 staff.

Scott said it was “timely for Matthew and Travis to step into Director roles as we know they will continue to develop and lead the business for years to come”.

“They continue to deliver expert advice and showcase unique skillsets that enable us to provide restructuring and insolvency solutions to our clients and key stakeholders,” he said.

“Stuart and I are looking forward to continue working with Matthew and Travis as they take on these new responsibilities.”

Prior to joining SV, both Ormsby and Olsen were with fellow insolvency firm BRI Ferrier for more than 11 years.

Brad Weidenhofer
Cain Meschiati

Public sector manager bucks the trend

Brad Weidenhofer, Commercial Advisory Manager at the South Australian Government Financing Authority, has joined William Buck as a Principal in their Corporate Advisory division.

Weidenhofer has been with the SAFA for the last year and a half and spent the bulk of his career with accountants Ferrier Hodgson in Adelaide.

After nearly 11 years at the firm, he stayed on as an Associate Director when it was bought out by KPMG Australia in 2019.

His appointment as Principal at William Buck comes as long-time employee Cain Meschiati is elevated to Director.

Meschiati has been within William Buck’s Business Advisory division his whole career, starting as an accountant in 2008 and earning five promotions since then.

His promotion gives him responsibility for trustee services, managed funds, property advisory and equity fund services.

Meanwhile, Audit and Assurance division Manager Alistair Taylor-Spry has also earned a promotion at William Buck, stepping up to Principal for the new financial year.

William Buck Adelaide Managing Director Jamie McKeough said the new appointments “take the total number of Adelaide-based Directors at William Buck to 23 within a 200-strong local workforce”.

David Whelan
Dennis Laundy

Whelan takes an opportunity

South Australian not-for-profit Youth Opportunities has appointed David Whelan to its board.

Whelan, also appointed Treasurer of the not-for-profit, is the former CEO of aged care company WhelanCare and is currently Director at Whelan Private Equities as well as tech advisory company PMY Group.

He is also a former Senior Accountant at Deloitte from 1994 to 1997.

He replaces former Youth Opportunities Chair Dennis Laundy on the not-for-profit’s board.

Laundy, a former William Buck Adelaide Managing Director, has been with Youth Opportunities for the last nine years. CEO Erin Faehrmann said he has been an “incredible advocate for Youth Opportunities and provided wonderful leadership during his time as Chair”.

Youth Opportunities provides personal leadership programs and scholarships for students. It says it has supported the learning of nearly 15,000 young people in the last 25 years.

George Lukic
Bridget Nunn

Promotions galore at Thomson Geer

Corporate law firm Thomson Geer has made 31 promotions across its national network, including five Partner promotions in its Adelaide office.

Special Counsels George Lukic (Dispute Resolution), Bridget Nunn (Employment), Shannon Schwarz (Construction), Cameron White (Dispute Resolution) and Lisa Ziegler (Government) have all joined the firm’s Partnership in Adelaide.

Thomson Geer says five out of its six partnership promotions for the new financial year are in the Adelaide office.

Meanwhile, the Gouger Street firm has also promoted dispute resolution lawyers Chloe Robinson to Special Counsel and Reahna Hauser to Senior Associate.


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