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

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Dec 18, 2023, updated Dec 18, 2023

Sam Mostyn. Photo: Centre for Policy Development

Prominent businesswoman to chair Beyond Blue

Former National Mental Health Commissioner Sam Mostyn AO will take up the role of Beyond Blue Chair following the announcement that Julia Gillard will step down from the role after nine years of service. Gillard will continue at Beyond Blue as a patron.

Mostyn began her career as a solicitor for Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin. She has held senior executive roles at Insurance Australia Group, Optus and Cable & Wireless plc.

She was a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Bob Collins (Minister of Transport and Communications) and the Hon Michael Lee MP (Minister for Communication and the Arts), as well as a Senior Communications Policy Advisor to former Prime Minister Paul Keating.

Mostyn’s many previous roles include being President of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Council for International Development. She was also Chair of the Women’s Economic Opportunities Review, 1 Million Women, Carriageworks, the Diversity Council of Australia and the Australian Museum, as well as Commissioner of the National Mental Health Commission and the Australian Football League, which she was the first woman to serve on.

She has served on numerous boards, both past and present. These include Mirvac, the GO Foundation, the Centre for Policy Development, The Climate Council, Tonic Media, Climateworks Australia, the Global Business and Sustainable Development Commission, Reconciliation Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Swans, Transurban and Virgin Australia Australian Volunteers International.

She currently serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program. Additionally, she chairs Citi Australia’s consumer bank and the boards of Foundation for Young Australians, Australians Investing in Women, Ausfilm, ANROWS and Alberts.

Mostyn has been recognised for her contributions with numerous accolades. These include being the winner of the IGCC 2019 Climate Awards, receiving the the 2020 United Nations Day Honour Award and receiving an Order of Australia in 2021.

Mel Slater

Jumping on board at Defence SA 

Mel Slater will officially start as Director Maritime at Defence SA on December 4.

In this role, Slater will be responsible for the development of South Australia’s naval shipbuilding sector as well as implementing plans to support maritime programs.

Slater has 35 years of experience in shipbuilding construction and prior to joining Defence SA worked on major projects including the Attack class submarine program and AIR6500.

He has also worked on several key Defence projects in South Australia, including the design and construction of the Collins class submarines, construction of the Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers and projects within the land and air domains.

Dan van Holst Pellekaan

Ian Overton

Former Deputy Premier joins Regional Development Australia Board

Dan Van Holst Pellekaan and Professor Ian Overton have been appointed to the Board of Regional Development Australia (RDA).

Van Holst Pellekaan was the 14th Deputy Premier of South Australia under Steven Marshall. Before this, he was also Leader of Government Business in the House and Minister for Energy and Mining.

Overton is currently CEO of Green Industries SA, the state government agency promoting the transition to a circular economy, as well as a Professor at the Adelaide University Business School.

He is also a Board Member of Circular Australia, an Advisory Board Member at the University of Adelaide Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources and Founder and Interim Chair of Nature Positive Economy CRC.

RDA Adelaide is one of 8 Regional Development Australia boards across South Australia.

Jack Glover

A bottle of red, a bottle of white, whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight.

Jack Glover has been appointed to the position of Executive Director – Marketing at Hill-Smith Family Estates

In his new role, Glover will assume responsibility for the global marketing and sales strategies of Hill-Smith wine brands.

Glover has 20 years of experience in the wine industry, including as Marketing Director, General Manager and Sales Marketing Manager at Accolade Wines.

He has also been a board member of Wine Marlborough Ltd and prior to this he was the National Trading Manager and Field Sales Manager at Pernod Ricard.

Hill-Smith Family Estates includes the wine brands Yalumba, Jansz Tasmania, Pewsey Vale Vineyard and Oxford Landing, among other brands.

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Reuben Jacob

ARIIA announces new CEO

Reuben Jacob will take on the role of CEO at the Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA), which is a peak body for aged care in Australia.

Jacob has been working as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at ARIIA for the past 18 months.

Before this, Jacob was Manager of both Strategic Projects and Innovation for scientific and ethical review organisation Bellberry, as well as Commercialisation Facilitator with the Australian Government’s Accelerating Commercialisation Program.

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Jane Pickering

Eldercare Chief Executive elected to peak aged care body

Eldercare Chief Executive Jane Pickering has recently been elected as a Board Director for the Aged & Community Care Providers Association, which is a national body for providers of residential aged care, home and community care, retirement living and related services.

In this role, Pickering will represent the South Australian and Northern Territory region.

Pickering has over 40 years of experience in the health and aged care sector, which includes over 30 years in Executive and Chief Executive positions.

She is currently the Chair of SA Leaders for Gender Equity, a member of the SA Gender Pay Gap Task Force and a member of the industry advisory boards for both Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

She was previously also the private sector representative on the Workplace Equality and Respect Project Governance Group for the South Australian Government.

Liz O’Connell

New CEO at Kudos Services

Liz O’Connell has been appointed as the new CEO of disability service and support provider Kudos Services.

O’Connell has two decades of experience in the Human Services sector. This includes holding the positions of Executive Director at ZED Management Consulting, Strategic Advisor and Chief Executive Officer at Kindship, and General Manager and Senior Manager – Wellbeing Working and Learning at HYPA and Family Support Coordinator at SA Health.

She was also Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Director for Young People & Practice, Director for Home, Learning & Justice and Manager Youth Justice Programs at SYC Limited.

Kudos Services is based on Greenhill Road in Unley.

Daniella Carling

Jessie Murphy-Allen

Promotions and a new hire at Finlaysons Lawyers

Finlaysons Lawyers have announced the promotion of Jessie Murphy-Allen to Special Counsel in its Workplace Team and Mikayla Sparrow to Associate in its Property Team, while Daniella Carling will join the firm as Senior Associate for the Workplace Team.

Murphy-Allen has been at Finlaysons Lawyers for the past five years and prior to this worked at the Crown Solicitor’s Office as a paralegal and solicitor and Hindmarsh Construction as Assistant Contracts Administrator.

Sparrow has been at Finlaysons for close to three years and before this was an Administrative Assistant at Trove Property Management.

Carling has worked as a lawyer at Andreyev Lawyers for the past three years and has also worked as Office Administrator/Clerk at WRP Legal & Advisory and Senior Sales Consultant at Nine West Australia.

Finlaysons is a commercial law firm located on Franklin Street.


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