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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. 

Mar 04, 2024, updated Mar 08, 2024

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Pirate Life Brewing has announced that Co-Founder Jared (Red) Proudfoot will step down from his role at the craft brewery.

Jared (Red) Proudfoot

Pirate Life was established in 2014 by Western Australian father and son team Jack Cameron, Michael Cameron, and Jack’s best friend Jared Proudfoot.

In 2017, Pirate Life was acquired by AB InBev for $10m and in 2018 it established its new brewery at Port Adelaide.

The brewer celebrated its ninth anniversary this past weekend.

Tech guru announced as Lumary Chair

Adelaide-based software company Lumary has announced that Ryan Westwood will be its new Chair.

Ryan Westwood

Westwood has extensive experience in the tech industry and is currently Chairman & CEO of Fullcast in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Westwood co-founded Simplus, which had a valuation of $110-130 million in January 2019.

From 2020-22 he was CEO and Board Of Director at Infosys subsidiary Simplus, and from 2014-2020 he was Chairman and CEO of Simplus.

Westwood has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Utah Business CEO of the Year. He was also included on Comparably’s list of the best CEOs for women in the workplace.

Lumary was founded in 2009 is headquartered on King William Street. It serves the aged care, disability and therapy services spaces.

Legal Services Commission makes key appointments

Legal Services Commission of South Australia has appointed Jeff Powell as its Chief Counsel and Tania Sulan as Manager, Legal Information and Advice Division.

Jeff Powell

Powell joins Legal Services as Chief Counsel with significant legal practice and counsel expertise, having worked at the independent bar since 2006 and prior to this at the Director of Public Prosecutions and Crown’s Solicitor’s Office.

He has experience in the conduct of complex criminal trials, workplace safety and workers compensation matters, and environmental harm prosecutions.

Tania Sulan

Powell joins after the retirement of Greg Mead MC in December, following 37 years of service at the Legal Services Commission.

Sulan spent over 16 years at legal finance and risk management service Omni Bridgeway, where she held the roles of Managing Director – Transformation, and Chief Investment Officer – Canada, among other roles.

Before this she was a Solicitor at Kennedys in London and Sydney, a Solicitor at Carrol & O’Dea Lawyers, and an Associate Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

The Legal Services Commission was established by an Act of Parliament in 1977 to provide legal assistance to people throughout the state.

A new CFO at Workskil Australia

Becky Janaway has been appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer at Workskil Australia.

Becky Janaway

Janaway has extensive experience in financial management, strategic planning and governance.

Prior to joining Workskil, Janaway spent 12 years at Woolworths Group, where she held several roles including Finance Manager – Financial Planning & Analysis and Finance Shared Services Controller, GP & Inventory.

She was also a Global Group Accountant at Allen & Overy in London from 2008-2012 and a Senior Accountant, Assurance and Advisory Business Services for over three years.

Star Pharmacy Group gets new People and Culture General Manager

Anita Peace has joined Star Pharmacy Group as its General Manager of People & Culture.

Anita Peace

Peace has over 20 years of experience in leading people & culture teams, including at Peregrine Corporation from 2017-2022.

For the past year and a half, she worked at TAFE SA, where she was Deputy Director and Manager, People Partnering. Before this she worked as a Franchise Operations Consultant at Yum! Brands and she was Human Resource Manager at Spencer Gulf Enterprises for over ten years.

Star Pharmacy Group was established in 2003 and has over 60 stores across Australia, including 32 stores in South Australia.

Former CEO of the Australian Republic Movement joins SEC Newgate

Sandy Biar has joined strategic communications firm SEC Newgate as an Associate Partner in Adelaide.

Sandy Biar

Biar has more than 16 years of experience as a campaigner and public affairs consultant and has served in leadership roles in defence, politics and non-profit sector.

He is currently a Military Public Affairs Officer at the Australian Army and was previously National Director and CEO at the Australian Republic Movement.

Biar was also an adviser to the then South Australian Shadow Minister Stephen Wade from 2010-2014, and Researcher and Media Advisor for David Winderlich MP from 2009-2010.

Peak body for advertisers in SA announces new Co-President

The Adelaide Advertising and Design Club (AADC) has announced Paul Kitching as its new Co-President for 2024/25.

Kitching has Business Development Manager at Fuller Brand Communication for the past nine years.

Paul Kitching

Other roles include National Advertising Sales Representative at the Australian Traffic Network, and for 16 years he was freelancer in media, PR and marketing at PK Media Group.

The AADC is a volunteer-run, non-for-profit organisation for the advertising and design community in Adelaide that has been running since 1975.

New General Manager at AIOH

South Australian commercial cookery and hospitality training provider the Adelaide Institute of Hospitality (AIOH) has appointed Elizabeth Bell as its new General Manager.

Elizabeth Bell

Bell has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality, operations, customer service, training and stakeholder management.

She has more than 15 years of industry experience, having worked for both large and small hospitality venues in Australia and internationally. She was also previously Operations Manager at AIOH.

Bell replaces former General Manager Ben Sharp, who stepped down after 10 years.

AIOH has delivered VET courses in schools for over 20 years, with over 700 students undertaking courses each year.

Experienced artist manager joins MusicSA

MusicSA has announced Chelsea Sinnott as the organisation’s new Industry Development Manager.

Sinnott is originally from Adelaide and has two decades of national and international music management experience, including in Sydney, London, and Berlin.

Chelsea Sinnott

She owns and runs artist management, bookings, and touring logistics agency Upstairs Music. Her recent work includes management for Nathan Ball, coordinating bookings for Benedict Cork, and overseeing tour logistics for Kerala Dust.

MusicSA said that in her new role, Sinnott will help develop and advance initiatives to support and grow the local music industry,

MusicSA says it “is a non-for-profit organisation committed to promoting, supporting and developing contemporary music in South Australia.”

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