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.

Jan 15, 2024, updated Jan 15, 2024

Amelia Senneck

An appointment and a resignation at SANTOS

Amelia Senneck has been appointed as Company Secretary effective January 9 following the resignation of Amanda Devonish.

Senneck has been at SANTOS for the past 10 years in several roles including as Company Secretary and Head of Business Integrity, Head of Compliance, Senior Manager Compliance and Senior Business Adviser & Senior Corporate Lawyer.

Prior to joining SANTOS, Senneck was a Corporate Lawyer at Origin Energy, a Corporate Counsel at LMS Generation, a Senior Associate at Lipman Karas and an Associate at Clyde & Co LLP in London.

In December 2023 InDaily reported that SANTOS was in merger talks with Perth-based resource giant Woodside Energy.

John Slavotinek

Experienced radiologist joins RANZCR

The Royal College of Australian and New Zealand Radiologists (RANZCR) has announced that South Australian Radiologist Clinical Professor John Slavotinek has joined as the new President.

Slavotinek has over 30 years of experience as a consultant radiologist and works day-to-day as Campus Clinical head at Repat Health precinct and at Flinders Medical Centre within South Australia Medical Imaging.

Slavontinek has held numerous previous roles at RANZCR including as SA College branch secretary, 12 years as SA Branch Chair, Chief Sensor and Dean of Faculty of Clinical Radiology.

Slavontinek replaces Professor Sanjay Jeganathan as College President, who will take on a new role as Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges.

RANZCR is the leading professional body for clinical radiology and radiation oncology in Australia and New Zealand.

How (not) to nail the all-important cover letter

It’s a new year and for many, the festive holiday period has been a time for professionals to reflect on their career and decide whether they want to make a change in the year ahead.

As professionals enter the “job market” or start to explore new opportunities, it’s important not to underestimate the importance of a bespoke cover letter or contextual email. It does not need to be exhaustive, but you must make it relevant. Here’s what not to do…

Dear Hiring Manager,

 I wish to provide this generic cover letter to apply for this unique role with your company. And I apologise in advance if I have referred to a different company or job title all together.

Despite ignoring who to address my application to or conducting any research as to who the hiring manager might actually be, I wish to highlight that my values align with your organisation’s vision and mission, before I’ve even had a chance to have a look at your company website.

I have a very high level of self-awareness and believe that I am eminently qualified for this role, and do hope I can remember which job I actually applied for when you call me to discuss my application.

I’d rather not highlight why I might be interested in this particular job, because why should it matter, I’m applying for hundreds.

I have chosen to leave my address and contact details off my cover letter and CV so you have absolutely no idea where I am or how to contact me except to this email address which may well then go into my junk folder or be undeliverable due to the typo on my CV.

 Yours sincerely,


Kevin Boyle

Heat is on for new Adrad CEO

Adrad Holdings Limited has announced the appointment of Kevin Boyle as its new CEO, which will become effective on April 8.

Boyle has 20 years of experience in leadership roles across the manufacturing and automotive industries.

This includes being CEO at Blue Lake Milling, Chief Operating Officer at Quickstep Holdings, Director of Manufacturing Advisory at McGrathNicol and General Manager at Ai Automotive, among other roles.

Darryl Abotomey has been leading Adrad through its transition period over the past six months and will continue in his role as non-executive director on its Board.

Adrad supplies industrial heat exchanges and aftermarket auto parts and is based in the Adelaide suburb of Beverley.

David MacIntyre

Top specialist to lead Robinson Research Institute

Imperial College London Professor David MacIntyre will join the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute for women’s and children’s health.

MacIntyre is a leading reproductive biomedical specialist whose research has led to new understandings of how microbial communities in the female reproductive tract can increase or reduce the risk of miscarriage, premature rupture of membranes and preterm birth.

He has also led the development of new technologies for rapid testing of vaginal microbiome and treatments designed to improve neonatal outcomes.

MacIntyre is currently the Professor of Reproductive Systems Medicine and Section Head of Pregnancy, Parturition and Prematurity at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College London.

He is also the Scientific Director of March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centre at the College.

The Robinson Research Institute aims to inform clinical care, policy and practice to progress women’s and children’s health.

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Danielle Zuvela

Stroke of luck as experienced artist joins ACE as Artistic Director

Contemporary visual arts organisation and gallery Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (ACE), which is based on North Tce, has announced the appointment of Dr Danielle Zuvela as its new Artistic Director.

Zuvela is currently the co-director of Gold Coast Rainbow Communities and co-founded Gold Coast Pride Festival in 2020. Prior to this, she was the Artistic Co-Director of Liquid Architecture.

Zuvela has worked on major projects for the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sydney Opera House, the Institute of Modern Art, the North Norwegian Art Centre and Tate Britain.

Laura Reed

Experienced finance professional joins Bass Oil Board.

Cooper Basin oil producer Bass Oil Limited has announced the appointment of Laura Reed as Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit.

Reed is a finance professional with 35 years of experience in the energy sector. She is currently Chairperson of the Spark Infrastructure Group, Non-Executive Director of ATCO Australia and also Canadian Utilities Limited.

She has also held the roles of Chief Financial Officer, CEO and Managing Director at Spark Infrastructure Group, as well as Chief Financial Officer at Envestra Ltd.

Current Bass Chairperson Peter Mullins has also announced his retirement after nine years on the Board, with Non-Executive Director Hector Gordon taking on his role



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