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 12, 2024, updated Feb 12, 2024

A new home for an experienced Finance Director

Simon Olifent has joined HomeStart as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Simon Olifent

Olifent has worked in senior finance roles at Westpac for more than 13 years, including as Finance Director for the past four years.

He has more than 25 years of experience in senior roles in banking and business services and was previously Senior Manager of Audit and Transaction Services at business management consultant PwC.

HomeStart offers financial services for homeowners and is based on Pirie Street.


In maths we trust

Dr Tracey Dodd has taken on the role of Non-Executive Director at the Australian Maths Trust.

Tracey Dodd

Dodd is currently Chair of the Governance Committee at Green Industries Australia, a National Academic Lead (Governance) and Member of the National Sustainability Committee at the Governance Institute of Australia, a Director of Research and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide Business School, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and CEO of Sustainable Australia.

The Australian Maths Trust is a not-for-profit focussed on promoting maths among students.


New CEO at Bentleys

Professional services and advisory firm Bentleys have appointed a new CEO, Simon Boag, who started on February 5.

Simon Boag

Boag has extensive experience in CEO positions, including most recently SportsMed, as well as Benson Radiology and SA Heart. Boag also worked for 10 years in various roles at Healthscope.




Executive Manager – National Programs and National Specialist – Disability Employment Services for Australia-wide not-for-profit community organisation, employment and training services & NDIS Provider, Maxima Group.

Director of Business Operations and Administration for established and respected multi-school co-educational entity, Trinity College.

Manager People and Culture for highly regarded not-for-profit retirement living and aged care services provider, Barossa Village, offering a unique opportunity with full-time or part-time flexibility and an enviable lifestyle in the heart of the Barossa.

Board Members for the vital, values-based, person-centred organisation, disAbility Living Inc. Expertise in the areas of Marketing & Communication/Business Development,  Commercial Collaborations, Property & Development or NDIS/lived experience of disability are sought for these fulfilling voluntary governance roles.


3, 2, 1, lift off!

Flavia Tata Nardini has been appointed as Vice Chair of the South Australian Governors at the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia.

Flavia Tata Nardini

Nardini was the co-founder of Fleet Space Technologies, where she has been the CEO since 2015. She is also a mentor at Bloomberg 2022 Catalyst, a Mission Chair at Seven Sisters, a Mentor and Investor at Moonshot and a Board Member of the South Australian Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.

Prior to this, she was co-founder and CEO at LaunchBox, a Consultant CubeSat Development at the University of Adelaide and a Propulsion Test Engineer at the European Space Agency. She also held several positions at TNO.


Jockeying for a new position

The South Australian Jockey Club has announced that Brad Trenwith has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Property and Infrastructure. He will oversee major projects including the $350 million racecourse development project with Villawood and Hostplus, as well as future upgrades of the main grandstand.

Michael Collis

Trenwith previously worked at Murray Zircon Mining, where he led the Mindarie Camp Expansion project.

Prior to this, he led projects with Palliative Care South Australia and Cancer Council SA, in addition to holding senior positions at Dyers Distribution and Ebos Group.

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Davina Carne has also taken on the role of Head of People & Culture, while Michael Collis is the new Head of Commercial.

Carne joins the SA Jockey Club from the University of Adelaide and has held various senior roles at Bentleys SA, West Beach Parks and Australand.

Collis has previously held leadership positions with Bickford’s, Sofitel Adelaide and the Mayfair Hotel.


National Trust of SA announces new CEO

The National Trust of South Australia has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Simon Ambrose, who will take over from Stuart McNab.

Simon Ambrose

Ambrose has extensive experience in the cultural, heritage and tourism sectors and was previously the CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

He has also held director positions with McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association and Visit Sunshine Coast.

He will commence his position in late February.


A new appointment at the SA Museum

Adam Moriarty has joined the South Australian Museum as the new Creative Director of Collections and Research.

Adam Moriarty

Moriarty has two decades of experience in cultural heritage and research management, including recently as Head of Collection Information and Access and Acting Head of Collection Care at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum.

The SA Museum has also announced that Brett Miller will join the Museum Board.


Law firm expands Darwin operations

Finlaysons Lawyers have announced an expansion of their Darwin operations with a new insurance team.

Melissa Foster

David Sweet takes on the role of Partner, while Melissa Foster is a new Special Council and Tara Southgate an Executive Assistant.

Finlaysons is a corporate commercial law firm on Franklin Street.

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