Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments in South Australia

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.

Feb 20, 2023, updated Feb 20, 2023
Janis Cocking (top left), Chris Dickson (bottom left), Rayleen Forester (top centre), Ray Henderson (centre), Ashley Thompson (bottom centre) and Victoria McFarlane (right) have all been appointed to new positions.

Janis Cocking (top left), Chris Dickson (bottom left), Rayleen Forester (top centre), Ray Henderson (centre), Ashley Thompson (bottom centre) and Victoria McFarlane (right) have all been appointed to new positions.

Stewart Lammin

CEO takes two Chair positions

Chief Executive Officer of Flinders Port Holdings Stewart Lammin has been appointed Chair of Adelaide-based artificial intelligence company Complexica and reappointed as Chair of Ports Australia.

His appointment as Chair of Complexica will see him replace Chief Scientist and co-founder Zbigniew Michalewicz, who will stay on board as Director in addition to his full-time duties as Chief Scientist.

Lammin’s reappointment at Ports Australia brings him into a second term as Chair of the company where he will preside for the next two years.

Chris Dickson

Brompton Gasworks project leader appointed

Melbourne property development company MAB Corporation has appointed Chris Dickson as Project Director of their newly established South Australian operations.

Dickson was previously employed as Business Unit Leader for South Australia at property and infrastructure consultancy APP Corporation and as Project Manager at real estate company CBRE.

He is currently a member of the Property Council of Australia’s South Australian Residential Committee.

Dickson will lead the delivery of the $459 million Brompton Gasworks project due to commence this year.

Ray Henderson

Adam Peterson

Fresh appointments dive into Yumbah Aquaculture

South Australian food processing company Yumbah Aquaculture has appointed Ray Henderson as Head of Abalone Operations.

Henderson has 20 years of experience in aquaculture spanning Australia, Chile and South Africa.

His previous positions include Partner at Sustainable Environmental and Aquaculture Services in South Africa, Group Technical Director of Viking Aquaculture and General Manager of Sea Forest in Tasmania.

Yumbah Aquaculture has also appointed Adam Peterson to its executive team as General Manager of Supply Chain and Production Operation.

Peterson began his employment at the aquaculture company in 2022 as Quality and Compliance Manager and has swiftly moved into the new role.

He has previously worked as Quality Manager of prepared vegetable supplier UniFresh Processors and San Remo.

The appointments come after the recent announcement of Richard Davey taking on the role as Yumbah’s Chief Financial Officer.

Chloé Leclerc

Sky rocketing to a new position

South Australian satellite communications company, Fleet Space Technologies has appointed Chloé Leclerc as Chief Marketing Officer.

Leclerc was previously Fleet’s Head of Marketing and Commercial Strategy.

She has prior managerial experience in positions at aerospace manufacturer Airbus, vehicle tracking supplier TracPlus and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

She started her new position in January of 2023.

Ashley Thompson

Minda Inc’s new executive

South Australian disability provider Minda Incorporated has appointed Ashley Thompson as Executive Director of Infrastructure and Services.

Thompson joins the not-for-profit after seven years of employment at the Peregrine Corporation as Property Manager, Head of Leasing, and most recently, General Manager of Peregrine Property.

He has previously been employed as an Associate at Piper Alderman, Senior Associate at Kelly & Co and National Manager of Property and Legal at Harris Scarfe.

Thompson is currently President of the North East Hockey Club.

Corporate Position: the latest executive employment opportunities

The South Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) is looking appoint to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer to steward operations and growth. Working closely with the CEO, Board of Directors and operations team, the COO will connect widely with stakeholders including Directors, Principals and project teams. Key areas of responsibility include: consolidating and overseeing further growth and development of operations, processes and routines for scaling impact; championing and contributing to organisational culture that is human, flexible, inclusive and supportive of TACSI’s ambitions; coordinating and leading day to day operations; and actively holding and responding to the organisation’s key risks and compliance obligations. The position will suit an appropriately qualified senior executive who can demonstrate a successful track record as a COO, head of shared services or comparable role in a multi-faceted environment.

Trinity College is looking to appoint a Director of People and Culture to work closely with the Head, Deputy Head and Executive Team in the leadership and management of the College’s human resources function. This role is responsible for providing a range of expertise and developing new systems and procedures to meet the operational and strategic goals of the College. Key areas of responsibility include: strategic human resource management and culture development; organising training and development policy and programs; facilitating attraction, recruitment and retention strategies and systems; talent management and workforce planning; working on remuneration and benefits ensuring all compliance obligations; and creating organisational development and change management initiatives. Applications are sought from proven human resource professionals with demonstrated leadership experience, tertiary qualifications and demonstrated experience in policy analysis, development and implementation, and creating a culture of engagement, collaboration and teamwork. Experience in the education sector or comparable human services domain will be well regarded. Authenticity, agility, strong leadership, highly effective interpersonal skills and management and strategic thinking capabilities are important qualities for success in this role.

Component manufacturer, Levett Engineering is looking to appoint a new Quality Manager. Reporting to the General Manager, the Quality Manager provides leadership across the quality portfolio, identifies and applies process improvements and implements, and manages and maintains AS9100 and ISO0991 Quality Management System Standards accreditation. Leading a team of five direct reports and with full responsibility for all aspects of quality, key elements of this role include: managing, developing and motivating their team to drive culture and performance objectives; ensuring Quality Management System compliance with all regulatory, corporate and customer requirements; problem solving and implementing corrective action plans in accordance with company standards; driving continuous quality improvement across operations; and establishing and maintaining constructive and positive working relationships with peers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. Applications are sought from skilled Quality professionals with a minimum of five years of experience in a manufacturing or engineering environment. Aerospace and Defence or similar experience with AS9100 will be highly regarded and proven capabilities in accreditations and standards, internal audits and relationship management are essential. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, high attention to detail, a commitment to team and business outcomes will be key qualities for success in this role.

Jeremy Johncock

Managing reconciliation

Adelaide Football Club’s First Nations Programs Manager, Jeremy Johncock has been appointed as Co-Chairperson of not-for-profit organisation, Reconciliation SA.

He will share the role with South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly.

Johncock was previously employed as Indigenous Program Leader for SEDA College SA, an independent secondary school that allows year 11 and 12 students to complete their studies while preparing for careers in sport.

He takes on the role from outgoing co-chair Peter Buckskin.

Rayleen Forester

Showcasing an Associate Curator

Visual arts organisation Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (ACE) has appointed local artist Rayleen Forester as Associate Curator.

Forester has previously worked as Visual Arts Manager for the Adelaide Festival and as Curator for the Adelaide City Council.

She is Co-Founder and Editor of South Australian arts magazine, fine print where she co-curated live events for the Art Gallery of South Australia and Victorian art organisation, Next Wave.

Forester joins ACE after an ongoing Curator-in-Residence position from 2019 to 2020 that saw her co-curate If the future is to be worth anything: 2020 South Australian Art Survey.

Her new role begins at the end of February 2023.

Janis Cocking

Board position for retired technology expert

Janis Cocking has been appointed to the Board of submarine company, ASC Pty Ltd.

Cocking is a retired metallurgist and program leader whose last post before retirement was Chief Science Strategy and Program at Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), a branch of the Department of Defence.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a former board member of the Australian Maritime College.

Her contribution to the defence sector was recognised in 2019 with the creation of the Janis Cocking Award for Leadership by the DSTG.

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Peter Favilla

REDARC reaches from South Australia to Wisconsin

Lonsdale-based vehicle attachments company REDARC has appointed Peter Favilla as the President of Mobile Power and Connected Vehicles.

Favilla, who is based in Wisconsin in the United States, is joining the team to lead the company’s growth both internationally and in North America.

His most recent experience includes working at industrial machine manufacturing company, Pentair as Vice President of Global Strategic Marketing and Chief Experience Officer.

He has also held positions at water hygiene service, Ecolab; window and doors manufacturer, Andersen Corporation; and indoor-outdoor furniture design brand, Fiskars.

Favilla is also on the Board of Ambassadors for the not-for-profit National Marrow Donor Program.

Victoria McFarlane

Josh Robinson

Parading a new committee

The Norwood Parade Precinct Committee has appointed eight independent members to work alongside Mayor Robert Bria to promote The Parade.

The new members are Brigitte Zonta of Sanare Wellness, Hannah Waterson of Ooh La La Lash Boutique, Joshua Baldwin of Munro Property Group, Mario Boscaini of Parade Central Complex, Michael Zito of Mayhem Collectables, Rik Fisher of 30 Acres, Tom McClure of Grill’d Norwood and William Swale of ortc Clothing Co.

They will join the recently appointed Councillors Victoria McFarlane and Josh Robinson, and the reappointed John Callisto and Sue Whitington.

Bria said “it is vital that The Parade is represented by people with vision and energy, and perhaps most importantly, people who are open to new ideas about how to maintain the vibrancy of the precinct.

“I am confident the Committee will hit the ground running and make significant contributions on behalf of their fellow traders and property owners.”

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