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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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Interim SA Tourism Commission CEO Stephanie Rozokos. Photo: Supplied

Temporary tourism boss appointed

Stephanie Rozokos has been appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Tourism Commission, after long-time CEO Rodney Harrex vacated the role last week.

Rozokos joined the SATC in 2010 and has been the agency’s Chief Financial Officer for the last 10 years – managing a team of 20 staff and having responsibility for finance, contracts procurement, human resources and ICT.

A Certified Practicing Accountant and UniSA graduate, Rozokos worked with accounting firms Hall Chadwick and Henson Lloyd Chartered Accountants before taking up a senior position as Finance Manager with Lockheed Martin in 2008.

Along with her ongoing commitments with the SATC, she is also the Board Deputy President of aged care organisation Resthaven Incorporated.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Stephanie’s calibre already working within the SATC and who is available to step up as interim CEO while the recruitment process is underway,” SATC Chair Andrew Bullock said in a statement.

“Stephanie has terrific credentials and knows the tourism sector extremely well, which ensures the transition will be smooth, and the industry can expect very much business as usual from the SATC.”

Harrex, who led the tourism body since April 2013, announced earlier this month he would be stepping aside from the role.

The state government says it is currently undertaking a global recruitment process to find his permanent replacement.

Peter Stevens
Ruchi Sinha

Movements at UniSA

The University of South Australia has appointed Peter Stevens, the leader of its MBA program, as Director of the UniSA Enterprise Hub.

Stevens joined UniSA as Executive Director of the Master of Business Administration program in 2017 after seven years with Hewlett Packard in South Australia.

His time at UniSA has also seen him join the board of the institution’s IP commercialisation arm, UniSA ventures.

Separately, Stevens is a board member with the Leaders Institute of South Australia.

The UniSA Enterprise Hub is set to be based at 9-19 Light Square, where it will provide services to businesses looking for research expertise and technology.

Meanwhile, Associate Professor Ruchi Sinha has filled the vacancy left by Stevens – stepping up as Acting Director MBA and Dean of Programs (Post Graduate).

Simha earned a PhD in Organisational Psychology at Michigan State University.

She has been with UniSA since 2015 as an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour (Research & Teaching Academic).

Chetan Trivedy
Megan Odgers

Two promoted at Nexia

Adelaide accounting firm Nexia Edwards Marshall has promoted two in its Flinders Street office.

Chetan Trivedy is moving up to Director, Audit and Assurance Services while Megan Odgers has been elevated to Senior Manager, Business Consulting Services.

Trivedy joined Nexia Edwards in March 2022 after spending his career at Deloitte and EY.

He is touted as a strong leader with a “wealth of technical expertise and operational prowess”.

Odgers, meanwhile, made the move to Nexia in 2014 after completing her Chartered Accountants course.

She also sits on the board of the HAS Foundation, which supports families of children in palliative care.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

Bedford Group is looking for a new Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer after a recent structural change within the organisation created two key executive roles reporting directly to the CEO. The CFO vacancy is ideally suited to a CA/CPA qualified professional. Experience within a comparably complex and transformational industry setting will be highly valued. The successful candidate will oversee the corporate services functions of the organisation.

The CMO role will suit a consummate marketing and communications professional, responsible for overseeing all internal and external communications, media, marketing, fundraising and events. The next Bedford Group CMO will be an appropriately qualified senior executive with demonstrated capability to lead the marcomms function for an organisation through ongoing reform, growth and increasing competition. With a turnover of over $90m and staff and supported employees of around 1,500, Bedford is the second largest employer for people with disability in Australia, providing a range of services and support across 17 SA sites.

The retirement of Carolyn Grantskalns as Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) CEO in late 2022 creates a leadership vacancy with this education peak body. Applications for the Chief Executive Officer position are encouraged from appropriately qualified and experienced professionals with the political and commercial acumen to navigate an ever-changing education sector. While extensive education leadership experience and education sector credibility and expertise with a nuanced understanding of independent schools and related entities will be a distinct advantage, applications are also welcome from accomplished executives working in comparable domains.

Not-for-profit sexual health organisation SHINE SA is searching for a new Chief Executive Officer with current CEO Natasha Miliotis set to step down in coming months. Reporting to the Board and working closely with the established senior management team, the CEO will be a strategic thinker who is committed to develop and continue to grow the success of SHINE SA in line with the vision and values central to all of its operations. Applications are encouraged from appropriately qualified and highly experienced executives who can demonstrate proven leadership in a comparable business. Health or human services experience and an understanding of the dynamics and sensitivities of SHINE SA’s stakeholders will naturally be an advantage.

Government Business Enterprise Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd is looking for a part-time HR Business Partner to work at its new office at the Osborne Naval Shipyards. The newly created position will develop and improve the organisation’s practices across all aspects of human resources management and enhance its standing as an employer of choice. Applications are sought from appropriately qualified HR professionals with solid HR generalist experience and a particular focus on organisational development, learning and development, reward and recognition and innovative workplace practices.  The position is offered on a part-time basis (0.6 FTE/3 working days) with scope to negotiate flexible working hours in order to secure a high calibre individual.

Jemma Buck
Concetta Citroni

Appointments at Adelaide Oval

The Stadium Management Authority has appointed long-time events manager Jemma Buck as Function and Event Sales Executive.

Buck joins the Adelaide Oval after nearly a year and a half with the National Wine Centre as Wedding Sales Executive.

She has held a number of event management roles with high-profile South Australian businesses and organisations, including Yalumba Wine Company, The Stag, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Fringe and Cox Architecture.

Meanwhile, the Adelaide Oval has also promoted Concetta Citroni from Workforce Coordinator to People and Culture Coordinator.

Citroni has been with the SMA since December 2021.

Michelle Myers
Jennifer Barter

Key health hires

Michelle Myers, Senior Project Officer Digital at aged care organisation ECH, has rejoined the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

Myers has spent the bulk of her career at NALHN, working there for 17 years as a business consultant and project officer before joining ECH in June 2021.

She rejoins the health network as Senior Project Officer, Capital.

Meanwhile, the Adelaide City Council has appointed another former ECH staff member, Jennifer Barter, as Wellbeing Support Officer, Community Wellbeing.

Barter, who has a nursing background, has been with Southern Cross Care for the last year as a Welfare Officer. She has also spent time with KinCare, Dermatology SA, Skin Matters SA and ECH.

Her new role at the City of Adelaide gives her responsibility for coordinating the council’s “Healthy Ageing Social programs” and supporting its community wellbeing team.

Lighting up the Convention Centre

The Adelaide Convention Centre has brought on a new Technology Services Manager, appointing St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre Manager Wesley Hiscock to the role.

Hiscock has specialised in lighting for more than 20 years and is a former Senior Lighting Supervisor at the Sydney Opera House.

He spent more than 11 years as a freelance lighting designer, providing services to the entertainment industry and the corporate events sector. He has worked at St Peter’s Girls since August 2019.

Hiscock’s appointment at the Adelaide Convention Centre comes just two months after the venue appointed Martin Radcliffe as its new General Manager.

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