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 corporate positions vacant.

Mar 12, 2024, updated Mar 12, 2024

Chief vet appointed

Dr Elise Spark has been appointed to the role of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for South Australia in the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

Dr Elise Spark

Spark had been acting in the role since October. She is a registered veterinarian with experience in biosecurity, disease surveillance, animal health and welfare, and emergency management.

Spark has worked in the Department of Primary Industries and Regions for over 11 years, including as Principal Policy Officer of the Biosecurity and Animal Welfare division and Project Officer in the Aquatic Animal Health division.

The CVO is responsible for leading the management of major animal health initiatives, including threats and issues. The CVO is also responsible for enhancing trade and market access for animals and animal products.

Spark’s appointment became effective on March 2.

A new CEO at JP Media

JP Media has welcomed Heath Amos as Chief Executive Officer.

Heath Amos

Amos has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles in the digital, content and media production industries.

He is the founder and Executive Producer of Headfelt XR, an Adelaide-based augmented reality and virtual reality production company. He was also the founder and Executive Producer of digital design firm hakt.

Before this, he spent over five years at Katalyst Interactive and 12 years as Company Director and Producer at Housebound Productions.

JP Media has recently added Renewal SA and the State Planning Commission/PlanSA to its client list.

A new position at Kennett Builders

South Australian commercial construction company Kennett Builders has appointed Anthony Carbone to the newly created position of General Manager (SA).

Anthony Carbone

Carbone joins Kennett with more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He has been General Manager at Sitzler Pty Ltd and Sarah Constructions.

Carbone is currently an Advisory Board Member for the University of Adelaide’s Master of Construction Management. He has previously served as a board member of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) South Australia and a Committee Member for Master Builders SA.

Kennett Builders is a fourth-generation family-owned construction company that began in South Australia in 1914.


Principal for leading R-12 co-ed Christian school, Tatachilla Lutheran College, located in the stunning McLaren Vale wine region.

Audit and Risk Manager for one of SA’s largest and most progressive councils, the City of Salisbury.

Finance & Administration Officer for worthy professional services firm, Ninti One.


A promotion at integrated marketing firm Simple 

Taylor Martin has been appointed to the role of General Manager of Simple Integrated Marketing.

Martin began working as an Account Coordinator at Simple in 2017 and most recently she was a Studio Manager.

Taylor Martin

Martin has sat on the Adelaide Advertising & Design Club’s (AADC) Executive Committee since 2018, and she was made Co-President in 2021 at age 27.

Simple was founded in 2007 and has now grown to a team of over 35, with offices in Adelaide and Melbourne.

Experienced director joins the Don Dunstan Foundation

The Don Dunstan Foundation has appointed Matt Clemow to its Committee of Management.

Matt Clemow

Clemow is the Founder/Director of Social Policy Solutions – a consultancy working with not-for-profit organisations such as the Bedford Group – and a former Deputy Chair of the Committee for Adelaide. He is also a Senior Consultant at Capetal Advisory.

Before this, Clemow was a Chief of Staff and Media Advisor for the Government of South Australia, as well as a journalist for News Limited.

The Don Dunstan Foundation is a think tank established in 1999 to promote the values and vision of the late Premier Don Dunstan.

News from Hughes

Bronwyn Hurrell has joined PR firm Hughes as a Senior Consultant.

Bronwyn Hurrell

Hurrell was Head of Communications and Public Affairs at the Hospital Research Foundation Group from March 2023 to August 2023.

Before this, Hurrell worked for four and a half years at the University of South Australia, first leading communications and marketing for UniSA STEM at Mawson Lakes and then leading the media and communications team at City West.

Hurrell is a former News Corp newspaper journalist. She also worked for over 10 years for former Premier Jay Weatherill as a Ministerial Media Adviser, Chief Media Adviser to the Premier and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier.

A promotion at the Australian Hotels Association

Owen Webb

Owen Webb has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Hotels Association (SA) (AHA|SA).

In this role, Webb will focus on advocating for the interests of members across all areas of industry. He will also continue to be a point of contact for workplace relations, licensing and gaming matters.

Webb was previously Manager of Workplace Relations at AHA|SA and before this was a Senior Industrial Relations Advocate.

He has also worked at Mantra Group as Regional Human Resources Manager – WA/SA/NT and as Group Human Resources Manager at RD Jones Group.

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